So, after I accepted this bit of disappointing news I decided that I needed to step my workouts up a notch. I have been running multiple times a week and I've changed my course to be more challenging but I still was neglecting strength training. Every where I turn I read about how strength training can stimulate weight loss because muscle burns more calories than fat does. When you lose weight, you are actually losing lean muscle mass as well, so strength training is a must! Enter my Wii Fit...
|Isn't she cute?|
Meet Maia, my Mii! When you use the Wii Fit, they adjust your avatar to fit where you are on the BMI scale. Since I am still in the obese category, my Mii is quite thick around the middle. With the original game that the Wii Fit board comes with, you are given the options to perform multiple times of exercises. You can do yoga (which I don't do because it's only individual poses one at a time and a friend of mine who is a yoga instructor got made because the game doesn't show variations to the poses), strengthening exercises, aerobic exercises, balance games and something they call "training plus" which are essentially just games that burn calories.
Yesterday, I started off with my hula hooping. Hula hooping falls into the aerobic category. I enjoy it because it works the abs, hips/thighs and also your calves. I was surprised by the calves getting worked so much, but alas my calves are ALWAYS sore after I hula hoop for ten minutes. What I like about this particular exercise is that it is a game. It counts how many spins you achieve each time, and I'm always trying to beat my previous score. In order to do that, I have to work harder! I am constantly pushing myself with this exercise.
|I hate her.|
Next I do step aerobics for 30 minutes. The great thing about it is that you can watch regular TV while you are doing it. Because the act of just stepping up on the board (which is about three inches off the ground...) doesn't get my heart rate up that much anymore, I add in my free weights and keep my arms moving. By the end, my arms are like jello!!
So, there you have my work out with my Wii Fit. Is it as effective as going to a gym and working out in a weight room? I'm assuming not. Will it suffice for right now? YUP!! I have a few other games that I will be trying out in addition to this one. So, hopefully I can add those to my Wii Fit repertoire. Anyway, I'm just doing whatever I can to beat this plateau and get back on track.
If you have any tips on what you do at home to stay healthy when you can't get to the gym (or if you like me and can't afford one), let me know! I'm definitely on the look out for new things!
Tomorrow is my next weigh day. Pray this idea of mine has worked!!