I'm been working out/exercising 3-5 times a week for 12 years now and I'll be honest I'm getting a bit bored.
I love spinning and running but I need to do more relaxing stuff. Luckily we've got a staff gym which has spin/boxing classes but also a yoga course which starts in two weeks. I'm also going to try and get back into pilates to help my posture - which has gone a bit AWOL again.
The benefits of my exercise regime have been my motivation, although offset at the moment by lack of sleep (have a 2YO daughter and work full time) I have great skin, shiny hair which grows quickly. I also am fairly slim but not too skinny and I can fit into the fashionable clothes I love. I also look about ten years younger than I am; I'm told this but even though I'm writing it I don't quite believe it.
So why write this post, as I said I'm getting bored. How much exercise do I need to do now I'm 40 - should I still be doing the intense spinning stuff, or should I be doing that plus the yoga?
My diet needs an overhaul, I think. I've not got a weight problem but I do have the odd tummy complaint, also my hips ache (but this one isn't new - I have had this on and off since I was 21).
"Boredom is the devil's best friend" - at least I think that's the way the saying goes.
This weekend (just gone) I faced a dilemma - go to the gym and do the same old thing or somehow incorporate some exercise into the day so I could feel virtuous and spend the day with my OH and daughter.
So on Saturday I went progging - something I've not done for over a year. With an 8kg pram and a 12kg toddler that's a lot of weight to jog round but I managed it; although I had to walk up the hills in our village. Managed an hour using 600 calories. The fresh air was great too and my skin glowed the rest of the day. Because little one slept - I even managed to fit in 20 minutes of an old pilates DVD which I used as my cool down and stretch.
On Sunday my mum looked after little one for 90 minutes so I dusted off a copy of Tracey Anderson's cardio workout (that and the progging and the pilates DVD helped me get my pre-baby body back in summer 2009). I really enjoyed doing the dance moves again - and even managed a bit of yoga to cool down.
Today I tried a class at the new gym - a spin circuit. It wasn't as hard as the RPM class at my old gym but actually I think that's been a good thing.Have to say that my eating habits were a bit better this last weekend, although I'm not sure the entire pack (900g -plus wrappings) of M&S chocolates and toffees that hubby and I scoffed did us much good. Still everything in moderation and as I've been averaging about one glass of wine a week (OH is teetotal which is why) I've decided I''m going to have some fizzy red wine tonight.
Hmm I think I sound like I'm bragging - let's just say this morning my calves are killing me - was it the Tracey Anderson video or the spin. Let's just say today I'm going to rest and eat lots of pancakes - lemon and salt - to make up for the chocolate binge.
Feeling bit disappointed/annoyed with the new gym I joined last week. My old gym was the Nuffield gym in Cousin Lane (City of London) my former employer had a great deal whereby we paid just £30 a month. If you know they gym you'll know what a fab deal this was - lots of motivated trainers/teachers, good equipment and a fab steam/spa area (all inclusive).
Last month I started a new job in Camden (cooler job thankfully), and as there are no Nuffield gyms in walking distance I put my membership on hold. Instead I joined the Nuffield-run serviced gym in the bottom of our office building , also £30.
I got quite excited at the thought of being able to pop down for a lunchtime swim class (I worked 10 mins walk away from city gym) or a spot of hardcore circuit training.
Well the circuit class yesterday made me almost cry for my old gym. It was 30 minutes, and parts of it were quite hard but we kept doing lots of abdominal floor work - and - get this - the instructor let the entire class out for a water break - lasting about five minutes. Then as I was getting into the class - doing some burpees (these were quite fun having not done them for a while) we stopped suddenly for a cool down.
To go from a heart rate of 170 to a sudden leg stretch can't have been good for any of us - and I actually felt sick. The stretches he gave us were pretty rubbish too _ I could do better.
After the class finished three of us headed straight to the cardio equipment - I did another 15 minutes on the rowing machine and two of the other ladies (who obviously put the time into their workouts) went on the treadmill.
I'm not going to get my dream figure at this gym, importantly the instructors don't seem that savvvy.
So I'm going to re-join my local Nuffield and fit in the gym before work - it's going to be a struggle time wise but then wasn't being a mum and working full-time always going to be anywa?
Went for a run at lunch time - ended up running along the lock around Camden/Kings Cross. Didn't feel quite the same as a run at home; as ended up coughing for an hour afterwards? When I run at home (in the country) I feel invigorated and my skin looks good - London air must not be that great to run in.
On my run I tried a 'green gym' in Camden. I was the only one using it, there was a bunch of teenagers (all smoking) watching me. I nearly said something to them, but thought better of it.
I must re-join my old gym!
I couldn't face any exercise this morning. Our daughter has been settling in a toddler bed (out of her cot finally) and she's still waking up all hours. Managed to drag myself out of bed at 6am (I normally get up 5.30am so I can have a shower etc) and then realised my eyes were stinging. Looked in the mirror and I've got three styes (sp) one in left and two in right; don't normally get them - so thinking my run in the 'clear' London air may have caused them.
I think today needs something relaxing - after all that's why I'm writing this blog - and may splurge my luxury budget for the week (£15) on a class at the Triyoga centre in Chalk Farm after work - I've heard it's good there.
Seems rather irrelevant writing today - is a day to be grateful for what we have. May God bless all those poor people caught up in Japanese earthquake and the people living on the islands that the tsunami is now heading towards.
Have decided that life is too short so I'll be using my old gym - even though it's a bit of a trek - after paying extra for yoga/pilates - the office gym is actually only £10 cheaper a month. Nuffield in the city has better classes so more than justifies that extra £10.
Managed a run on Saturday morning, because I only had 45 minutes decided to do one fast circuity followed by slow circuit round our local park - I estimate its about 400/500 metres a circuit. Got pretty knackered in a short space of time - this is the kind of exercise I like.
Followed by a dust off of my kettle ball (8k) and followed some of the exercises in this month's Zest. I think I may need a smaller weight to do the arm press though!
Tried desperately to take a break on Sunday felt very grumpy but I was sooo tired. My daughter is managing to sleep till 5am in her bed, but it's tough going.
Am starting yoga classes this week as DVD is not inspiring me.
How I managed to do a workout yesteday I don't know - my dear daughter got up at 2.30, 3.30 and 5.30 and I had to put her back in her bed each time. Got up at 6am feeling knackered.
At lunchtime I dragged myself to the gym - coffee in hand (Pret's 99p filter coffee - am on serious budget so I can keep going to my lovely city gym). Did a very inspired workout
warm up: 5 minute dash to the gym (fresh air etc being part of my workout)
then 10 mintues on spin bike followed by push ups and leg lifts on teh TRX. Then some ab work using the swiss and weights balls.
Back on spin bike - did one minute hill one minute spin for another 10 mintues.
Folllowed by squats and dips on bonsu ball, couple of planks (held for 30 seconds x2 with alternative leg lifts).
Then five minutes back on bike doing interval training.
cool down - five basic sun salutations (yoga).
In all was about 45 mintues and I burned - 600 calories.
In the evening I dragged myself back for a pilates class - was really great and balanced the work out wonderfully.
Today is a serious rest day a I have a working lunch (already opted for goats cheese salad) and a product launch this evening.
I also managed to get decent sleep last night, in bed by 9.30 up at 5.30 - without a peep from little one. x
I'm thinking of buying the Tracey Anderson 30 day plan - it's £7 on Amazon. Wondering if anyone out there has tried it?
Managed a run this morning - had a champagne handover from the product launch yesterday. I totally recommend champagne as a healthy alcoholic drink. I must have had at least four glasses yesterday and my hangover is minimal - of course it helped that other people were buying.
We're being taken out for a team meal at The Folly in the city this evening. The menu looks fantastic - and healthy too - although I may opt for the Neals Yard cheese platter instead of chocolate mousse.
After a couple of not-so-healthy evenings, where I consumed more alcohol than in the last three months, I decided to start - albeit late - a Lent 'inspired' period of abstinence. I've added alcohol and coffee to my 'must nots' and added water and fruit to my 'must eats'. It was the kick I needed to overhaul my diet.
Exercise wise - I managed one run and one rest day over the weekend and feel fabulous for it.
I'm about to do a spin circuit workout at the gym - fitting it inot my lunch break. Will take my heart rate monitor to see how it goes.
Part of my 'overhaul' also involves my image - I am feeling the need for more grown up clothes today; like a woman in girls' clothing today. Thing is this is one thing I can't overhaul; we don't have the money!
For any of you out there fed up of reading about yet another celebrity who's lost the baby weight in record time/got back into their size 10 jeans, don't be.
Ater I 'failed' to lose any weight six weeks after my daughter was born I embarked on a fitness and diet regime and within a couple of months I was nearly back to pre-baby weight. Problem is when you have a baby the fat in your body must get re-destributed, ormally away from the face and on the tummy/top of legs.
I found that even though my body looked okay my face,which was suffering from sleep deprivation, looked really haggard and a lot oldder; for me that's bad because I've always looked 10 years younger than I am (not good at 26 but good at 36). My genetics are totally to blame but I feel that now I'd rather have a fuller face than be able to see my ribs.
I'm quite please therefore that I'm now a bit heavier than I was six weeks ago. Only 2lbs but the difference it has made to my appearance - I look a bit more rosy cheeked and have a wee bit more energy too.
I didn't know that but the reason I started this blog was because I was looking for a better way to exercise.
Had an idea the cortisol levels in my body are not ideal as I still get very stressed.
It sounds basic but I've been drinking more water! Ditching the coffee has helpd (not sure about the alcohol as I dont' drink that much).
But I still need to wean myself off the exercise. I've booked myself on a pilates course - once a week commitment - all paid for (DVD at home doesn't cut it as I've found out). This is to help posture and relax.
Was thinking of keeping up the running - but doing 2 runs a week and not doing spinning but instead going out cycling with OH, and maybe a bikram yoga class.
I was hoping other 40somethings might tell me how they managed it! x
Actually now I've had a few minutes to think about it, and Google it, I'm feel a bit depressed about being 40! All the fitness websites I've looked at talking about 40 as being older?
Is this right? Am I officially old now, even though I feel far from it?
I'm really hoping anyone reading this can cheer me up a bit! I'm probably too old to read Zest now
I am currently 45 and turn 46 in May. I have four grown up children (two stepchildren) one grandchild and one on the way. I have always exercised and have done all sorts of things from running to spinning to aerobics classes.
My daughter recently trained for a half marathan and has been trying to convince me to train for the Bupa Great South Run. I am not sure. I do a lot of walking and think I am reasonably fit. I am about half a stone overweight which I am finding hard to shift as I know I don't do enough exercise.
I think sometimes we make things too complicated as we have so much information thrown at us about keeping fit an dieting. I have also done loads of research and I think from what I have read that it is really important to incorporate weights into your training as well as cardio. We are also not too old to read Zest. We just need to change our way of training slightly to adapt to our age needs.
You are not officially old and I don't feel old either more that my life is just beginning. i just need to finally shift that last half stone get my tummy a bit flatter and lose the muffin top and i will be perfect. Any advice gratefully recieved on how to achieve the latter.
Hi Wendy - you are inspiring me. The other evening I did feel a bit low, but a lady on the train stopped me and asked me where I bought my dress (she was 20something) she also commented on what a 'fantastic' figure I had. That was all I needed - how superficial but hey- we're all human and need some external gratification sometime!
However lesson taken and I think what I need to do is incorporate more rest so I can enjoy the days I spin and run. I wasn't getting much in the way of stretching and relaxation. So I'm doing one yoga and one pilates class a week now. If I get time to do any more then all for the better, but for now I'll do that as a rest and make sure I spin and run and do weights as my three other workouts.
I'm slimmer now than I was at 30 but that might be because I was on the pill when I was 30! Half a stone is tough - I remember the last 7lbs of post baby weight seemed to take the longest to shift.
This is how I shifted it: had to review my diet after having my daughter (had been slim before but had terrible digestion when pregnant and got into bad habits like eating whole packets of Smash and Quorn sausages).
I found an online tool into which I put everything I'd eaten that day and it listed the protein and fat and calories I was consuming. It also reminded me to drink enough water. Cost about £10 a month is subscribe.
Funnily enough by becoming more aware of portion sizes I lost that last bit of weight without depriving myself. I ate the same things but instead of lashings of butter (which I did eat when pregnant) I put a scraping on. I only did this for a month but it really helped. It was actually a rival magazine that ran this as part of a diet club but am sure there must be some similiar tool online
I just needed to re-educate myself. The weight has stayed off btw. Good luck x
So far this week I've managed two yoga classes - no pilates - and some gentle running (x2) plus an energetic spin class. I've also been doing more resistance work as suggested.
Sadly my efforts are in vain - as my daughter has not been 100% so I averaged 2 hours sleep the last three nights. Kind of wrecks my no coffee plan too, I've neeeded the stuff today.
Ahh managed the same yoga classes this week - think it is making a difference - didn't feel quite so needy about my aerobic/anerobic exercise regime this week. I did do one spin class but made my other workouts weight-based aerobic ones rather than just going for the all out option.
My daughter's sleep pattern is well and truly disturbed, she's not been settling till 9pm (something she's never done before - always gone to sleep at 7-7.30pm) and combined with waking up at night - I am truly knackered. Sleep before exercise will be my mantra this weekend.
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