Healthy Thursday: Upping the Ante
If you’ve been working out for awhile now, making good on those New Years Eve healthy resolutions, and are getting bored with your circuit workouts, doing 3 sets of 5, 7 or 10 on 3 or 4 machines, maybe it’s time to up the ante.
When I restarted working out again, I started low and slow, as to not injure myself with overzealous excitement. Instead, I dropped down to level 5 at 3 sets of 10, then slowly built myself up with that and now up to level 6 on the first set and two on level 5, doing three sets of 12 on four machines on my upper body. Then I do 30 minutes on an exercycle.
If you’re ready for something else, obtain the services of a professional trainer at the gym, they are familiar with the equipment and can show you what your next level should be. It also depends on what your fitness goals are. To stay healthy? To lower your cholesterol and blood pressure? To get bigger muscles or smaller waist? Be specific with your trainer. It also helps to be realistic. If you’ve got a 40+ inch waist and you want a 20 inch waist by ‘swimsuit season’, it’s not going to happen.
Instead, I would recommend that you exercise to increase your endorphins, paving the way for you to want to keep exercising. Making realistic goals you can visualize will keep you coming back, then up the ante.
Your body will thank you.