Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Day 24/60: Two Quick Tips

Insanity Workouts
Day 24: Plyo Circuit
Day 23: Cardio Power & Resistance
Day 22: Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs
Day 21: Rest Day
Day 20: Plyo Circuit

This week, I have two quick tips that I'm hoping will be helpful, even if you aren't "insane."

1) BYOM - Bring Your Own Music.  Most workout videos these days give you the option of using their background music or not.  I typically use the program audio for the first couple of weeks because it helps me learn the cadence of the workout and focus on the routine itself.

At the point where I start getting slightly bored (usually week three), I make the move to my own tunes.  On my iPod, I have a "workout" playlist.  Lately, I've been enjoying the genre stations on Pandora instead.   My taste for music is very eclectic so I might do the classic rock channel one day, pop and hip hop the next, and then showtunes.  Have some fun with it! 

2) CORE FOCUS. These workouts have really helped me be much more mindful of my midsection -- in a good way for  a change.  Throughout every exercise, there are reminders to keep the core tight.  It's made me start thinking about tightening the ab muscles at other times as well: walking around the house, sitting at my desk, in the car.  

This is something you can do even if you are not engaged in a formal exercise program.  Just start paying attention throughout the day.  Notice when your belly is just sort of hangin' out there and see if you can contract those muscles.  Focus on your core.  Not only will it make your midsection better, but it will help protect your lower back as well.  

Just standing at the fridge contemplating the Häagen-Dazs?   Focus on those belly muscles, squeeze and hold!   (Then walk away.)

Good luck and keep pushing play!!!


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Ioana-Carmen said...

Hy sweetie! lovely post, maybe we can follow each other? Kisses

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