Have I talked about my exercise ADD?? Unlike diets (of which I have only tried 2 - WW and CalorieKing) I have tried almost every exercise program I can find (except P90X -not interested). So in the last year I have done Chalean Extreme, EA Sports Active 2, Zumba for Wii, Dance workouts on the Wii, Sports Conditioning workouts, and I even have a Groupon for Crossfit that I haven't used (crossfit scares me). Each time I get off to an awesome start and then something happens and it all falls apart.
So why doesn't it stick?? I decided it was time to do some self analysis.
I am too easy on myself. If left to my own devices I tend to pick the easiest path (which is usually not working out). I do better with competition or somebody watching. I am easily bored. This means that exercise DVD's can only keep me occupied for so long before I cringe at the thought of doing the same workout again. I am social. I work from home and working out at home makes me feel completely isolated. I HATE cardio machines. It is like a horrible form of torture.
I like lifting weights. It makes me feel awesome, strong and powerful. I like exercise classes, the group dynamic helps me push myself harder. The set time makes it easy to schedule and stick to. I like results and sometimes weightloss and measurement results are slow to come...increasing the amount of weight or number of reps I can do tends to provide results more quickly.
So I have created and exercise routine that incorporated my likes and eliminated my dislikes. I am doing New Rules of Lifting for Women and I really think this is something I can stick to. Seeing how much weight I can already lift has me so excited to see how much I can increase it. I also bought some personal training sessions. I plan to schedule those for every other week. The training sessions have 2 purposes...the first is to make sure my form is correct on these exercise, some of which I have never done before. The second is to have that extra push to add weight and complete all of the reps. I love that the workout changes every 8-10 workouts so that should stave off the boredom factor.
I am also doing Body Pump classes and swimming. I'm using Body Pump for more of the cardio effect and the social experience. And swimming because I want to get better at it and it beats a treadmill or an elliptical machine. So I am settling into this routine and plan to stick with it for the next 5-6 months. I hope that putting together something with all the things I like will help me make this part of my lifstyle!