Move that body: 45-minute treadmill workout and 15-minute upper body set
On the one day I felt good last week, I headed to the library to pick up a couple books I had seen mentioned on the blogosphere - “The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite” and “Body For Life.”
I was interested in “The End of Overeating” because you don’t manage to become 245 pounds by eating fruits and nuts in tiny portions. Overeating is always something I’m going to have to battle and be mindful of, I think, and a little insight might help. As for BFL? I’m on the search for a program to follow post-baby to keep me motivated and get me into shape.
On my way back to the stacks, I took a moment to peruse the library’s picks and new releases. One of which just happened to be “How to Exercise When You’re Expecting: For the 9 months of Pregnancy and the 5 Months It Takes to Get Your Best Body Back.”
Yeah, I found it a little late.
I haven’t really read it read it as I’m already 9 months pregnant but I have paged through to see what I should be doing now and what I should be doing in a few short weeks.
Now? At 38 weeks, I should be doing 20 minutes of light cardio a day with no intervals. Bah! This morning’s workout involved a 3-2-1 interval (3 minutes easy, 2 minutes moderate, 1 minute hard). The “3” was walking, no incline; “2” walking with incline; "1” fast walking with incline. Just call me a rule breaker.
Later? The plan has you working your core, following a “Postnatal Boot Camp” DVD and focusing on strength – 3 days versus the 1-2 for cardio. Everything seems pretty, well, easy and a lot less strenuous than I would anticipate – and less than I’ve been doing now. Well, except for the whole core thing (there are modified exercises to do earlier in pregnancy detailed in the book).
I will say that the book does have some interesting workouts to do with the stroller if you take the baby for a walk in the park and feel like
making an ass out of yourself working hard. Surprise, surprise, though – I think I’d just rather run with the stroller in the park.
I’m pretty sure the book is going back to the library very shortly but I’m excited to page through BFL as I’ve read about other bloggers’ experiences. I probably won’t follow the eating plan as I have already scoped out WW meetings but the exercise part should be interesting.
Have you tried BFL? Do you like following a program or prefer doing it on your own?