…your pants? The word pants is used figuratively in this sense, but can stand for a literal meaning as well.
Pants can be a fashion statement…
means to survive…
…or a nightmare.
We all know the muffin top only belongs in dainty pastry shops and looks better on the counter than your waistline. This is where the “look but don’t touch” principle applies to many of us. Window shopping for pastries is more challenging than passing up a pair of luscious Louboutins in the windows of Saks. (At least for me- since I’m a cheap-o.) If you think about it, a cupcake will cost you $2.50 (max) but your pants will end up taking the beating. Hence the reference to pants being a nightmare.
The focus of this post isn’t to preach how to resist your urges, because, well, I’m terrible at controlling that myself. This post is more about time management and focusing your energies on all things positive to get rid of and prevent that muffin top.
We all also fall victim at some point to the “I don’t have time to workout” groan. Jobs, families, and other daily activities can have you feeling like your a constant washing machine on super, never stopping to have time to wring yourself out.
It doesn’t have to be this way. You can have it all and still fit into your pants too! Think of pants as your google calendar, planner, blackberry, etc.
You want them to be tight enough to flatter your figure, but loose enough to still eat and not have belly-over. If you think about it, this is similar to your planning devices. You want all of your meetings, tweets, appointments, events, e-mails, and activities to achieve an equilibrium. When one thing overpowers another, thats when the battle of the bulge sets in.
Someone recently told me their day began at 4:30 or 5 A.M. and didn’t stop until 8 P.M. The problem was the lack of time to exercise, let alone think.
All we ever need is more time, but unfortunately genies only exist in our 5-year old fairytales. So cross the wishing and hoping and waiting off your list, and start doing.
You are your own genie capable of change. Now that I’ve said my persuasive piece, I’ll leave you with functional ways to fit a workout in your “pants”, without gaining more stress.
1. Ride green. If you live close to a metropolis, it’s very easy to take advantage of the numerous means of transportation available. Try walking every other day to work or wherever you’re headed, even if this means leaving a little earlier in the morning.
Make sure you take the stairs to all your destinations, even if they are located on the 50th floor. Make it a goal!
You could also take a scenic bike route- I bet you’d beat the bus to its destination! A workout + a little competition never hurt nobody!
2. Opt for health/fitness magazines over gossip ones. I want you to meet my best friends: Women’s Health, Self, Shape, and Fitness magazine. They give the best advice, but also know how to dish up some tough love when necessary. “No” and “I cant’s” won’t ensure a lasting friendship with these gals. They also don’t give a crap about who Brad Pitt is married to or what beef is going on between Drake and lesser known rapper.
Sidenote: Try this 20-minute toning workout from Women’s Health. Start with this once per week. You don’t have to do it with a ball or any weights at all, so that leaves NO EXCUSES!
3. The Power of Pinterest. I know most of you are pinning your little hearts out, but instead of just letting your boards look pretty, why don’t you actually try some of the things you pin? Invest in a fitness board if you haven’t already and get to it.
Here’s another quickie workout example that burns tons of cals, but doesn’t waste tons of time: (4:00 MINUTES!)
4. Focus on one body part per day. It’s insane and unhealthy to work out every body part every day. If you focus on one body part per day for just 10-20 minutes, you won’t feel as overwhelmed. When I’m working I usually do arms, back, and abs in the beginning of the week- gluteus and legs the second half. With an occasional total body workout thrown in on the weekend. For example, something like this: (Doesn’t even have to be this complicatedly labeled.)
5. Workout in the Workplace? Many of you wouldn’t dare, but this trend is becoming more and more popular. If the fax machine is 3 doors down from you- hello, why not do walking lunges down and some butt kicks back?( This may sound and look absurd, but what’s the worst people can say at the water cooler? Girl in cubicle 4 has become so toned lately, let’s get her!) They don’t stand a chance!
6. Sip coffee while you workout. If you work, it’s better to get your endorphins in the morning. Brew a cup of coffee and while waiting, perform 2 sets of 25 rep squats. Pour coffee into cup. Take 5 sips. Right there in your pj’s, drop and do 20 push-ups. Take another 5 sips. Do 20 high knees and 20 butt kicks. Take another 5 sips. End with 10 burpees. (This is ideal for 1 cup of coffee.) DON’T FORGET BREAKFAST AFTER! (PS– I created this one myself!)
7. Next to your bed workout. Try only hitting the snooze button once and then hop out of bed. Stretch into cat and cow. Hold a warrior pose on each side for 20 seconds. Then, perform 20 jumping jacks. Immediately transition into push-ups. (20 reps.) Get right back up and do 10 squats, 10 jumping lunges. Finish with 20 side crunches each side. You can repeat this until your next snooze button goes off. (Should be 5-10 minutes max.) This revs your metabolism and helps blood flow so you have more energy throughout the day. Remember to finish off with a hearty breakfast!
8. The last resort method. If you honestly are so beat up during the week you have no time to fit any of these options in, then make it a goal on weekends to “go hard” in the gym or at home with your workouts. I’ve seen a lot of people try and do 3 hour workouts on the weekends to make up for lost time, but honestly that will not make too much of a difference. It’ll actually tire your body out more and make it more difficult to lose weight/gain muscle.
By “going hard”, I mean:
1. Try wearing a heart rate monitor and staying within your ideal heart rate for 20-30 minutes
2. Combine both strength and cardio training. This is the most effective way to get in shape. If you aren’t sweating, chances are, you aren’t burning.
3. Working out on yes- both saturday and sunday.
Here’s a boost to get you started from Fitness mag: http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/lose-weight/total-body/the-weekend-slim-down/
You’d be surprised at how much your body begins to crave these wonderful chemicals we have called endorphins! It may even jumpstart you to add an extra day of working out during the week to your schedule!
This is undeniably true! Nobody has ever said they regretted a workout- no matter how sore they are!
What’s your weekly workout schedule like? How often do you try and workout? Which exercises suit you best?
Peace, love, and fitting in those pants!