It has been a couple of weeks, since I began my getting back into shape journey. I am in reasonably good shape, and have resumed running gradually too. In fact, this week, I achieved a new personal milestone at 2.5kms. Now there is only one problem area that i need to focus on – the little tyre around my waist, that has stubbornly withstood all kinds of workouts, of course I must admit, that while reconditioning myself, I have, focused so far only on strengthening the upper and lower body with not much focus on abs exercises.
At this point I would like to clarify, that there is no such thing as “spot reduction” in physical fitness, and I do not want to mislead you into believing that I am working on my body ‘one part at a time’ – NO Sir!. Workouts have to be targeted at the entire body and the body on, as a whole, must get into shape.
Coming back to my challenge. I have taken it upon myself to get rid of this spare tyre over the next 4-6 weeks. And towards that end, I have included 2 new items in my daily workout.
- Some aerobic activity.
As for the running part, I have always been a bad runner. Probably because I was never a natural athelete. Well, I guess at some point we all start blaming the genes. But having said that, I used a very simple method to get into running.
I found a ground that is approximately 0.5 kms in circumference. And started to walk for about 8-10 rounds there. Gradually started to replace couple of rounds of walking with jogging. Eventually, I have reached a stage where I do 10 rounds, 5-walk and 5 run, alternatively. They give me a great combination benefit and the end result is that my running capabilities are gradually increasing.
The other thing is that every other day I do the exercises in this video, that I discovered on youtube. Warning! this exercise may not be suitable for everyone.
While the weight loss needs to be gradual, including these exercises in my routine has given me a feeling of progress. Looks like in a couple of weeks, real results will start to show. In fact I would like to post some before after pictures too, if I find the time.