Is there a specific strategy to keep a girl really toned, trim, and fit? Other than the obvious – eat a clean diet and exercise regularly – what specifically can be done to whittle down the waist, slim down the thighs, and get rid of cellulite? I’ve been experimenting in the past several months with my exercise routine and have put together a list of my favorite activities that also happen to give me the best results.
My confession is that consistent and regular exercise is the 1 thing that has not always been consistent and regular. When I’m “on” – I’m ON. And when I’m in a phase of lacking self motivation – my body, energy levels, mood & thighs show me I’ve been slacking.
I’m happy to say that this summer I’ve been very inspired and motivated and know my commitment is paying off because I FEEL GOOD! Isn’t that what we’re all reaching for anyway?
Hiking: Trails are everywhere in Marin County, CA – so much so, that I could potentially find new trails to explore nearly every week. I love being so connected with Nature hiking in the woods and open country, it’s like a moving meditation for me. There are lots of hills with breath-taking panoramic views to enjoy while getting a great booty workout.
Rebounding: Typically 5-30 minutes per day, at times split throughout the morning, afternoon, and evening. I love doing jumping jacks and jogging on the rebounder. Just get on, jump up & down, twist, and hop around to move your lymph and detoxify the fun way! Then, I get off and do tricep pushups against the rebounder – my fav way to tone up that area.
Jogging: I’ve got a big sweet dog who never tires and his pace for walking/prancing is a nice jog for me. I usually go for a minimum of 30 minutes when I jog and at times up to 75 (of which I’ll jog about 1/2 to 2/3 of the route depending upon how hot it is and walk the rest). Jogging has to be 1 of the quickest ways I know of to get leaner thighs, but it’s not something I’m committed to every day. I go in spurts.
Biking: Got my bike tuned up after 2 years of it being more or less in storage and I’m riding 35-60 mins a day, everyday now since the cobwebs got dusted off earlier last month. I ride in flip flops, a tank top, and feel the breeze whiz by my skin. There’s no shortage of hills, and they are quite tolerable yet still offer a wicked leg workout.
Walking: 5+ years ago when I got my high energy dog, Java, I lost almost 10 lbs just from walking, playing, and running around with him. Get a dog that doesn’t tire easily if you need to lose weight – seriously – it forces you to commit and works like nothing else! And, take your furry love on long walks to allow yourself time to decompress, be with yourself, and think. The results for your body and mind are amazing.
Rollerblading: I’m obsessed with rollerblading. There’s something about it that’s thrilling and exhilarating for me! It’s also a bad ass workout to slim down legs that have trouble losing excess fat. I recently moved into a neighborhood that is perfect for blading and although I could go everyday, there’s so much else I do that I blade whenever the mood strikes. In Seattle, where I lived until I moved to Marin Cty the fall of 2009, there’s an amazing trail called the Burke Gilman that I’d blade on for 1-2 hrs. There’s a paved trail just 30 mins away where I live now so I can get back on my rollerblading joy ride! I just started taking my dog with me to burn his excess energy, too – good times!
Yoga: I’m a fan of Bikram and Power Yoga. Again, this is a moving meditation for me and I love the focus and determination it takes to make my way through a class. At home, I do yoga on the patio in the Sun w/ my boyfriend, which I love 🙂
MY OBSERVATION: I notice that I enjoy the types of exercise that feel freeing and even exhilarating to me – and therefore, I can maintain a more consistent and regular routine. I’m the type of person who HAS TO love the activity I do, otherwise it won’t happen. This is why I switch between all of the above and I keep my body guessing so it doesn’t become the same hum-drum exercise every day.
MY ADVICE: Find activities you cannot get enough of, rotate them, and do whatever it takes to get into the momentum and carry it forward!