Since September… I’ve been making changes. Big changes to my level of activity. And four months ago… I joined the #ShakleeBlogger #Shaklee180 team. In case you’ve not been following along… Shaklee produces products to assist in a healthy change of diet. I’ve been having a protein bar at breakfast, a regular lunch and a protein shake at dinner. This last month… I moved on from the Turnaround kit to the Lean and Healthy kit. I’m learning to make healthier meals and snacks to last throughout my day.
It’s not been easy. It’s a transition in habit… but I’m managing. I think the key to my success has been exercise.
Let me share with you what a typical exercise routine for me might look like.
Kickboxing require some special equipment. I purchased some comfortable workout clothes, hand wraps and boxing gloves. I also joined a UFC gym. I personally went through the hour of cardio kickboxing without shoes. Some people did wear athletic shoes to kick the bag. Classes are an hour long and begin with stretching and some heart raising exercises like jumping jack and the eve infamous burpees! From there… we go into the combinations of punches and kicks. It doesn’t take long to pick these up. You’ll be punching and kicking the daylights out of your bag in no time! Following the combinations… we do core strengthening exercises: crunches, planking, and other torturous movements. Then there’s a cool down. After a class of hard work… I’ve burned about 800 calories! Kickboxing has been amazing.
I took up running in the last month. Running takes some special equipment too. I visited a special running store and they took video of my running stride. This allowed them to see what sort of shoe I needed to be wearing. This was a big deal for me. I’ve never been able to find the right show that felt comfortable to run in. I don’t even wear shoes very often to begin with! It turns out… I was wearing the wrong size of running shoe in the past. The toe box needs to have room for your foot to swell. Who knew? Not me! Also… I found out that I have the perfect mid-foot stride. That made me proud :) Haha. So besides shoes… because it’s summer time and I want to be sure I have enough water… so I bought a Camelback. I also purchased a slightly different set of athletic clothes for my runs. I’ve been running roughly 3 miles a few times a week. And I’ve also been taking to a trail loop on a mountain area next to my house. I love that I live next to a desert preserve!
Moral of the story?
Get out there and do something! You can do it! I’m happy to help you in any way that I can. So what are you doing to get active now? Or what do you plan on doing?