Well, thanks to handy comments I’ve received from members of the various communities I posted in, my plans for fitness have changed a little.
For my everyday exercise, I’ll just be doing my various stretches and muscle-working exercises such as lunges, squats, pushups, lifting some weights if I can get some (otherwise maybe food cans!), and my sit-up variation, and/or other stomach exercises if I can find some. I know it was suggested to me to only work each muscle group every two days, but I think it would be better for me to do it every day as that’s easier to get used to as a routine, however I will try to listen to my body well and I will certainly give my muscles a rest if they seem to need time to recover and rest.
My more intense exercise I’ll be doing every 2 days instead of every day, by suggestion. And instead of jogging/powerwalking alternately around my block twice (which was only taking about 15 minutes) I’ll be going for longer, 30 minutes, but starting off with more walking than jogging, and increasing it gradually. I was given this link (link) to a plan for gradually increasing intensity and I think it’s really good, I’ve decided I’ll give it a go. This will help increase my fitness in the sense of being able to be active for longer without getting puffed out, which is my main aim, because of musical theatre, swordfighting and dancing etc, as well as just life in general. And I’ll burn more fat, which is my other aim, to decrease the fat content in my body (and maybe get rid of a little flab. As I said, I’m not fat, but I do have a little more pudginess here and there than I’d like). I dislike the idea of taking water with me, but I’ll do that if I need to. I’ll have to get a watch so I can see how long I’ve been going for. I’ll definitely drink water before I leave, plus when I get back, and I’m going to try not eating breakfast until I get back and see how that works for me.
I’m also still definitely getting my bike from my dad’s house, I don’t know about you but I find riding much more enjoyable than walking! If I’m doing that walking/running plan then I won’t be switching walking for riding every 2 days like I thought I might, but I’ll do the walking 3 times a week and the riding whenever I feel like it (which I reckon will be reasonably often). Riding is quite easy and I live right by a reasonably flat bike track, so I don’t think I’ll be overdoing it. It’ll also be handy to have my bike to ride to my friends’ houses, the shops, etc. ^_^ Plus my bike has a water bottle holder so that’s good.
I also still intend to go swimming and dancing when the opportunity so arises. I was doing bellydancing for a while, but I don’t have the money right now, however if I get some money together again (and have the time amongst all my music and drama commitments) I’ll definitely start up again. I’d just like to say, I recommend bellydancing to anyone – it’s great exercise and works muscles really well, plus it’s fun, sexy, and usually the classes are a great environment. It’s Goddess time. And who doesn’t like jingly, sparkly outfits?
My other exercise-things I’ll still be doing are karate lessons, starting soon, and swordfighting/samurai training; things which I very much enjoy and are very good exercise, psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually as well as physically! We’re swordfighting again for the first time in a while tomorrow, and once it gets cooler we’ll be doing it more and more often (my sensei and the other fighters hate the heat.)
As for eating, I’m still going to stick with what I said before, drinking water when I feel peckish before eating anything, no buying chocolate, lollies, cake etc, eating fruit more often, and just trying to be healthier in general. Also just eating less – not by much, but I do eat a bit too much, just in snacks and whatnot, so I’m going to try not to snack at all, unless it is fruit. Or veggies. But I doubt I’m gonna eat veggies for snacks. :P
I have another question though, does anyone know any good stomach-muscle exercises other than situps? I don’t really have the money to buy or rent DVDs right now. (just moved out and living off government pay mostly because my job isn’t really very active right now. I’m a waitress by the way, in a restaurant that’s just opened, so they haven’t been getting much business yet.)
Thanks so much to the people who commented on my last entry! You were a whole bunch of help and I feel very encouraged.
Crossposted like a fox!