Hello and welcome to this week's #FitnessFriday blog post! It's a free-for-all from here on out, and so I thought I'd go a somewhat different route this time around and answer a few of YOUR questions, dear readers. :)
The obligatory DISCLAIMER: I am in no way a physician or other health professional with a degree or certification. I speak from my own personal experience, research and reviews, so take my words with a grain of your own research, second opinions, run them past your physician, and most importantly, listen to your OWN body, intuition and good sense.
And so to start...
1. "ok, I want to know what is best to get rid of belly fat after two babies! I had two C-sections and its hard to get those muscles to work again!"
I'm still working to get rid of belly fat after two babies, too! I have noticed a difference though when I do workouts that involve ab and core exercises. And I don't mean just crunches!! No, the more I work on my balance and stability (core), the more I notice a difference in my tummy area. Yoga, pilates and standing ab/core exercises are all great options. I found this online article from Shape Magazine that has some great ab/core exercise suggestions.
This online article from Jen Reviews contains a comprehensive guide on how to build your own workout routine, with advice from a two-time Olympian.
2. "How did you get so fast? I've only been running a couple months, I'm 40, normal weight. I can't get under 10:50 or so pace. Too soon, too old?"
First of all, congratulations on such a great pace for only having been running for a couple of months! I've been a runner for four years now, and for what seemed like the very longest time, a 10:00 pace was my big goal. Once I reached that goal, and more recently, having stuck consistently and unwaveringly to a Runkeeper training plan, my pace has improved vastly! Consistency is key. Stick with it, listen to your body, pay attention to your running form and with time and consistency your pace will improve. Keep up the great work!
3. "well, when you first started, did you have a schedule for running ie: mile a week etc. or did you just go with it until you built up endurance?"
I first started out using an app for my iPod Touch, called Couch to 5k (C25K), which starts you out three days a week, and alternates walking and running, incrementally increasing the amount of running you do until you're running a full 5k! I believe it's a nine week program. Since then, I've followed various training plans. I like to follow a schedule or plan to help keep myself on track. It helps not to have to think about it on a day-by-day basis and just look at my pre-planned workout schedule and go.
If YOU have a question you'd like for me to answer, feel free to leave a comment here on the blog or message me. I'm all for sharing my experience to help others achieve their goals!
2/27/2014 11:09:01 pm
Great Blog!! I love the questions!
2/28/2014 12:33:24 am
Thank you so much for your advice and inspiration...I really appreciate it!
Hi Megan! I have short little legs too (I'm about 5'1"). I've found that consistency is key in improving pace and running form -- sticking to a regular running routine (Runkeeper has some awesome training plans!) -- and listening to my body. A regular yoga routine also helps me stay flexible and helps improve my running form too! Stay consistent and you'll get to the pace you want! Best wishes!!
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