Wedding Workout Commenced!

Yup, you heard right! I have finally started my wedding workout routine.

Background – I was pretty active in school, specially basketball and dance. Did absolutely nothing in college. Started working in 2009, and with that started dance classes again – continued for next 2 years. But, for the last 6-8 months, I’ve pretty much done NOTHING. I’m lucky to have a pretty great metabolism, but for the first time in my life I want an absolutely flat stomach (for the lehengas, saris and bikinis!) and this no-exercise-only-junk-food-diet is not helping one bit.

The time has come. I know, I know, I should’ve started this 6-8 months before the wedding. Now I have only 5 months remaining. But, that’s alright – it doesnt take much to get me fit.

So, here’s what I’ve started off with – downloaded this free app called Nike Training Club on my iPad. It gives me a long list of differnet workouts to choose from, depending on my goal – losing weight, toning up, gaining strength or targetting particular areas. There are 3 levels – beginner, intermediate and advanced. I suggest anyone who wants to start a workout routine from the comfort of their home should try this out. For most of the routines you don’t need any equipment. Some of them require either a pair of dumbells, a yoga mat or a medicine ball (no idea where to get this from, YET). Today was the first day I tried the most basic workout “Shape+Sweat” and I couldn’t finish the full 30 mins of it – I got tired, AND I didn’t have the time to do a full 30 minute workout. Initially, while you’re learning the different workouts, it will take more than 30 mins to complete each, because you will need to play the video to SEE what each part of the workout entails. My main aim is to have a flat stomach, sideies include toned arms and legs. For that, I’ve heard the food you eat is MOST important, then Cardio, then strength training, and lastly – crunches (I can’t seem to recall where I read this).

So, plan of action? Minimize junk food, 2 litres of water a day, daily workouts (will include cardio sometimes) and daily crunches (increasing the number of crunches as stamina and strength go up).

Another thing I’ve done, and this is to form habits such as exercise and others – I downloaded Way of Life, a paid app on iPad. It’s AWESOME. It’s really motivating me to form great habits, and also helps me keep a track on where I am. I’ll give a detailed description of how it works in some other post, but for now just trust me and shell out the $3.99 required to download it (there is a free version as well, where you can input upto 3 habits – try it out first).

Am adding a Page called Wedding Workout Tracker to keep a track of my fitness over the next 5 months. Accountability FTW?

Edit: I just heard about Physique 57. Anybody tried it?

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