Simple Workout Routine
I tried a very simple workout routine to try to lose some weight and get in shape for ski season.
Here it is:
- Work out 6 days a week
- Just 20 minutes per session
You could even go 5 days a week and take a day off.
Anything you do after or above and beyond those 20 minutes is just icing on the cake.
My workouts have been between 20 and 40 minutes for the last 3 weeks. It was frustrating at first. I wanted instant results and they weren’t happening but I kept going. Yesterday, I was craving carbs like crazy and I didn’t want to have any but I gave in and actually had a lot more than usual. This morning, I woke up to a new body. My body changed! I’m smaller. I notice it and my weight is down even after eating those carbs.
My workout is just the 20-30 minutes on the elliptical machine because that’s better for my knees. I watch portions of movies on my phone. This makes the time fly by because there are no commercial breaks. They’re not new movies but movies I’ve seen before and want to watch over and over (so, good ones). I thought of trying to watch some Netflix shows, too, so I may try that. Watching TV just doesn’t work for me because of the numerous commercial breaks. They remind you that you’re on the machine and that makes it seem longer.
I add in a few yoga poses for improving my balance and then I use some 25 lb. free weights for improving upper body strength.
I also added in 45 squats in the morning but the workout above was what I did at night before bed because that is what worked for my schedule.
If I’m not going fast in the elliptical, that’s fine. I just try to keep the heart rate up. Some days, I just can’t go as fast as other days.
It’s Just 20 Minutes!
Just do it. It’s just 20 minutes a day! Instead of sitting on the couch, get on your treadmill or get to one and you can still watch TV. This isn’t very difficult. Just know that it might take a few weeks to see results. You have to keep going even if you’re not seeing results right away.
Try it and let me know how it went!
Don’t Just Sit There – Do Some Burpees!
Here’s a great body weight exercise that has some cardio thrown in – burpees!
It’s a combination of a squat, pushup and jump:
Start with a few of these and then add one more each day. This will build muscle. When you build muscle, your metabolism goes up, which means you burn more calories at rest. This will help you lose weight. Best of all, it’s free!
Workouts for Weight Loss
If you’re looking to do some workouts and exercise to help lose weight (which is free/no cost for you), you should know which ones to do so that they’re effecting. You also want to change your exercises often so that you don’t get stuck in the same routine, which isn’t effective either.
Here’s a good article on some workouts and ways to help you lose some fat/lose weight:
10 Best Workouts to Help You Lose Weight Quickly (fitday.com)
You can either workout at a gym, a local park or in your home. Many strength based exercises, like pushups for example, do not require a weight set – you just use your own body’s weight to push against.