This week I’ve been focusing on getting a good variety in my exercise routine. Monday I ran 3.4 miles, Tuesday I went for a half hour walk in the evening, Wednesday (yesterday) I lifted weights at my gym and then ran a quick mile to round out the hour. Today is a long, brisk walk after work and tomorrow either a run or a bike ride.
When I lift weights I lift heavy – no 5-pounders for me! I lift heavy and I lift to muscle failure. I’ve got a lot of skin on my arms and legs that needs to be filled out! I’m not worried about bulking up and getting too masculine though, it’s not possible for a female short of drastic steroid-based measures, and I’ve certainly never even approached a masculine shape despite lots of strength training. Lunges are my particular bane, my legs complain the whole time, but I figure the harder they seem the more I need them!
I keep a regular exercise routine, but I’m the first one to proclaim that exercise is for getting fit – dieting is for weight loss. I exercise to be fit and healthy, but I know workouts alone are not going to effect any large changes in my weight. For that I need to look to what I’m eating. That’s been the case no matter what my weight – I exercised regularly even at my highest weight 200 pounds ago, but at the time I didn’t realize that the biggest bang for my weight loss buck was to reduce intake. Once I got that side of the equation in line I enjoyed my exercise efforts much more and could focus more on fitness and building muscle strength. Working out also helps to keep my body feeling good and focuses my mind on my weight management efforts. Both aspects (dieting and exercise) work together, but I think it’s important to understand the proper role of each one.