Happy Friday Everyone!
I hope everyone has had a lovely week so far and will have an even more pleasant weekend of rest, fun and relaxation!
It’s that time again. Time for my weekly update on the workout plan I’ve been doing – Insanity by Shaun T.
This is really just to keep myself accountable more than anything else, but I hope that you guys will get something out of it as well. Maybe if you’re considering this kind of extreme workout, it will give you the big picture on what it’s like to do consistently and maybe it will help keep you motivated in your own personal exercise plan and ultimate fitness and health goals. I like to think so!
Anyhow, so on with the update!
This week has been tough to get back on track after last weekend’s long rest. I did work out last weekend once, but other than that, we ate poorly and hung out all weekend pretty lazily. So this past week was difficult to get back in the groove of things, but today I feel really good.
Yesterday’s workout was Cardio Recovery which really isn’t a full blown workout, but a lot of yoga stretches along with balance and strength poses and exercises. Even though it’s recovery, don’t let the name fool you; you’re still working out. It’s way slower paced than other regular workouts from Insanity, but it’s still going to get you sweating.
This is the first workout I’m actually able to complete all the way through only stopping a few times (for a few seconds each time) to rest so I’m really pleased with myself! I could’ve called it 10 minutes before the end as my boyfriend was having some foot pain (he needs new shoes), but I told him to go ahead and rest and I finished out strong by myself so I am feeling proud of that today.
It’s so important to push yourself and I’m slowly learning this doing Insanity. I think that’s why I wanted something so extreme because, although it certainly hard and not for everyone, I like the challenge. I like it a lot. It keeps me motivated, focused and it helps keep my mind from getting bored like I’ve done in the past with other workouts because it literally takes all of your strength, coordination and concentration to do these workouts as a lot of them are combinations of simple exercises.
Take, for instance, power jacks. These are a jumping jack combined with a low squat. It’s not too difficult to do, but 3 sets with each consecutive set getting faster in pace can be a big challenge and I’m slowly improving! I’m super excited about the improvement I’ve made and this is a big one – it doesn’t have too much to do with weight loss. Sure, that’s ultimately what I want, but I’m actually more impressed and excited with the amount of stamina and endurance I’m building since starting this program. I can see and feel a difference between when I started and now, especially when I do the workouts and I see that I’m able to last a lot longer now before I even start to get tired or winded. That, to me, is really worth celebrating because I have made a lot of progress in so little time.
Maybe I’m only 5-7 lbs. down so far, but the amount of strength, stamina, endurance and confidence I’m getting from this plan is much more than that and I’m only on week 3!
So, that’s basically it for now, how are your fitness and health goals progressing?
What helps to keep you motivated?
Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way . I purchased this video workout plan with my own money and of my own free will. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.