Last week, my husband had asked me if I wanted to join him for one of his workouts. I thought nothing of it and said sure, but it was during the workout I realized how weak I had become. The last six months have been super hectic between juggling multiple jobs and querying agents for my novel. So, I haven’t had much time to work out on a consistent basis, which is really frustrating for me. I used to have such great core strength and I used to run and have plenty of energy and endurance. But now, I know I’m nowhere near the fitness level that I feel most comfortable being at.
So, for the month of September, I will be going back on the fitness train. But, I’m not going to lie, I really had no idea where to look for solid advice on getting back on a fitness regime. So, I did what every other 20-something-year-old millennial girl does, I wandered down the rabbit hole that is Pinterest. There are a lot of fitness regimes on Pinterest that look too good to be true. They seem to be misleading in offering a quick fix solution with titles like 30 Day Abs and Eliminate Cellulite in 14 Days. It sounds good, but do they really work? If I just follow the workouts, is that enough to transform my body as advertised?
Of course, I’m curious to see if it is really as good as it sounds. So, there are three things that I am going to be putting to the test this month.
- I’m going to see if I can eliminate cellulite on my glutes and hamstrings. This is one I seem the least hopeful for since I know it’s very difficult to get rid of cellulite. So, instead of just doing this for two weeks, I’m going to do it for the whole month of September and see if that helps with results.
- I really want to improve my core strength and help with appearance of my abs. I think my upper abs are great right now, but as I did sit-ups (not crunches) with my husband I realized that I’ve lost my lower ab strength. So, I’m hoping this 30-day ab challenge will increase my core strength and hopefully show some cool results.
- Lastly, I want to improve my endurance as a runner. So, I’m going to follow this 8-week running schedule which will hopefully build up my endurance slowly but surely.
I won’t be drastically altering my lifestyle or diet. I eat a relatively healthy vegan diet, but I also eat plenty of carbs (bread, in particular), sugars (like Starbucks drinks and alcohol) and fatty foods (potato chips are my weakness). I want to see the impact of these workouts on my body and see what the results are purely because of these exercises. I’ll be posting weekly updates to see how I’m finding the exercises, the schedule, and the results from it. Below, you’ll find the plans I’ll be following and if you want to try it with me feel free to contact me and share your experience.