Since late December 2011 I've been trying watch what I eat. Specifically the amount of salt I'm taking in, the amount of protein and fiber. I haven't really been paying too much attention to the fats, carbs or sugars which I really need to do. I might just start tracking again, its tedious but I have a better idea of what I've eaten.
Instead of me starting out with cardio, I'm going to start off with strength training so I have stronger muscles going in when I start cardio up again in about 2 weeks. I think my whole downfall of last year was that due to inactivity, I lost most of my muscle mass. I lost my job, which wasn't extremely physical but I was constantly moving and lifting things when I was at work. Before last year I would lift weights at least 2X a week, that doesn't sounds like alot, but I can definitely tell the difference.
So my plan is to find some great exercises and lift MWF and do any cardio that I want, if I want.
I have a great set of exercises from the February 2008 issue of Oxygen Magazine Buy this issue here! that I love to use for getting back into strength training. The series is called build your dream body. These exercises are killer and not complex. I'm going to be using the Upper Body push/pull and Lower Body from this series. I hate crunches but that's what I'll be doing until I find more alternate ab exercises.
I wish there was a really good exercise database where I can look it up really quick, instead of having to search through each of my favorite fitness blogs. Its takes time and usually I get distracted by something else right in the middle of my search.
Perform two sets of 12-15 each set.
Monday: Upper body Push
Dumbbell bench press
Seated dumbbell press
Seated dumbbell lateral raise
Wednesday: Upper Body Pull and Core
incline dumbbell curl
Core (my own thing)
1. Alternating Arms Supermans
3. Need an oblique exercise
(They suggested 1. bicycle crunches and bench V-up)
Friday: Lower Body
Stiff legged deadlift
Unilateral calf raise