Shake it good
Aug 6, 2012
I have become frustrated with my running. After running thrice weekly more-or-less regularly for months my progress feels stalled. I am dissatisfied. I can’t lose this extra bit of weight that is hanging around my belly.
I hate this extra weight that is hanging around my belly.
Today I shook it up in a bit. Instead of running my regular 5- 7k for 30 or 40 minutes I did some interval training.
- 10- minute warm-up run at a moderate pace
- 5 x 1-minute sprint followed by 2-minute gentle run
- 5 -minutes cool down run at a moderate pace
My run was challenging and fun. It felt like I was moving forward instead of standing still.
Interval training is an important component for increasing fitness. We build greater speed and endurance when short, high intensity bursts of speed are combined with slow recovery phases during an exercise session. Interval training increases the body ‘s ability to adjust to increased or decreased physical demands.
According to the American College of Sports Medicine, interval training burns more calories.
Did I mention I hate this extra weight that is hanging around my belly?
Routine and consistency are the most important elements to building a successful exercise routine that gets results. Once routine becomes mundane repetition, its time to shake it up good. Add something new. Change something. Keep it interesting.
I know I am motivated by the calorie- burning component of interval training. I also know exercise alone will not rid me of this weight around my belly. But I will not be a slave to diet or exercise to attain some prescribed perfect body
I am lucky. I know that my dietary and exercise habits need to be only slightly adjusted to attain optimum results. This comes from a lifetime of physical activity, generally healthy eating habits and good genes.
I am a body addict. Physical exertion and challenge make me high. I’m going to run harder and try to lay off the mid-day sweets and the late-night treats.
I’m gonna shake it up ‘cause it feels good.
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