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Fat And 45 – The Treadmill Edition

Ok, I know I look a little demented here, but it’s because I was at the end of a 45 minute interval treadmill session and I was high on life!  Actually, I was surprised that anyone would want a picture of me in that condition, but a listener was kind enough to snap a pic and I have no shame, so I’m sharing it with you! 

 I’ve been getting emails from listeners asking how things are going in my quest to be NOT fat and 45, so I thought I’d tell you about my exercise routine.  And no, it’s not a training program.  I’m not an athlete!  I’m just an overweight, middle aged woman!

I’ve been getting emails from listeners asking how things are going in my quest to be NOT fat and 45, so I thought I’d tell you about my exercise routine.  And no, it’s not a training program.  I’m not an athlete!  I’m just an overweight, middle aged woman!

When I kicked off this drive to be healthier and thinner, I was just walking on the treadmill, no incline, no running.  I was happy with the way things were going until I went to go get my nails done last Tuesday.  Kris, my nail tech and marathoner extraordinaire, told me that to see fast results, I should try interval training.  Kris has a body to die for and trains for real athletic events, so I took her advice. 

First, I walk five hard minutes on the treadmill to warm up.  Then I do either upper or lower body weight lifting.  Yesterday was upper body.  Kris says to use opposite muscle groups and to not rest between sets, i.e., do chest, triceps, biceps, back, then shoulders.  Yesterday I did a set of bench presses (with the bar, no weight, because I’m a wuss like that!), then did chair dips for triceps.  I alternated between those two muscle groups for three sets.  Then did biceps and back the same way, and finished up with shoulders and crunches. 

By not waiting between sets, your workout is more intense, and, for us working ladies who don’t have all day to hang out at the gym, gets you out of the gym, with 45 minutes of cardio, in about an hour and 15 minutes.

After you’ve lifted, head back to the treadmill, bike, eliptical, or whatever cardio machine you prefer.  The trick here is to vary intensity and incline.  I’ll do a song’s worth at a flat incline, then jump up to a level 3 incline for another song, then down to a level 1 incline for another, and so on and so on.  The goal is to change things up so your muscles have to work harder and burn more fat and make you leaner! 

I feel like these tweaks in my routine are working because I don’t find myself having to unbutton my jeans when I want to sit down comfortably.  I know you know what I’m talking about! 

Is there something that you’re doing that has made your exercise routine easier, faster, more effective?  Then holla back girl and share with us!  Hit me up at tricia@ksii.com, and I’ll share your exercise wisdom!

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