The Pains of Weight Loss
Why, why, why, my brain screams, why does this have to be so hard? I’m halfway through my treadmill workout and I’m trying so hard to focus on my music and NOT the distance and time counter.
I hate exercise!! Not just a statement but a lifelong belief system since I was so cavalier with my blessing of great genes that afforded me a very high metabolism. Yeah I was able to eat anything I wanted, not gain weight and in view of this didn’t feel the need for exercise.
Then late 40s hit and that high metabolism came to a screeching halt! The days of eating junk food and sitting around on my duff are gone and in their place is a person concerned with her health and well-being.
So today I walked a little over 3 and ½ miles at a speed of 4.5 on a 5% incline in 45 minutes and I feel good. The hardest part for me is getting to that halfway point and then the rest is easy.
Being that I previously trained on the treadmill, working my way up to 4.5 took a little time but not nearly as much as the very first time I used the equipment. I always warm up for about 5 minutes by walking at a speed of 2.5 to 3 and gradually increase to 4 before using the incline or walking/jogging at a faster pace.
When I first began using the treadmill my brother instructed me on the proper usage and the safety feature (emergency stop key/magnet). I used this feature religiously especially since it seemed like I was a little off-balance partly due to vision loss. Early on I held onto the bars as well until I was sure-footed.
The only thing I hate more than working out on the treadmill is squats, lunges and weight training. I do understand the importance of building muscle when losing weight because muscle burns calories. So tomorrow I will be incorporating push-ups, squats, lunges, sit-ups and planks. But for today I want to give you the following steps to a safe treadmill workout:
- Safety is critical so if you are unfamiliar with the treadmill ask someone for assistance on how to operate.
- Make sure you feel comfortable using the treadmill independently and if not request a spotter to look out for your safety.
- Always warm up to avoid muscle injury.
- Take it slow and gradually build your speed and/or incline working at a pace that is comfortable for you.
- Always cool down when you are nearing completion of your workout so that your heartbeat returns to normal.
- Stretching after a workout helps to ease sore muscles.
I really like my weight loss plan because it’s doable. Losing 3.4 pounds last week is incentive enough for me to keep going and holding myself accountable to you keeps me honest.
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“If you accept your limitations you go beyond them.” ~Brendan Francis