Thursday, November 08, 2012
Last week, I made a decision to do shorter, more intense morning workouts. I also made an effort to stretch more at the end of my workouts. My plan was to decrease my morning workout and increase my activity during the rest of the day, so that the same workout time is spread out over the course of the day. The information that I got from my ActiveLink told me that when I work out for too long a time period in the morning, I become too tired to do activities in the afternoon.
The ActiveLink showed me that even though I worked out like a maniac for 2-3 hours in the morning, my daily cumulative calorie burn wasn't that much. I was resistant to the idea at first and felt very frustrated. I was stuck thinking that working out for 2-3 hours should be enough to lose weight even though I did very few other types of activity during my day. I decided to experiment with my workout lengths. My weight loss had already stalled so I had nothing to lose and everything to gain.
What happened, surprised me! Just cutting down my morning workout time and increasing it's intensity, gave me more energy later in the day. For example, after I left water exercise today, I
did some shopping, went to a doctor's appointment, came home, vacuumed the house and folded laundry. I'm still not experiencing the exhaustion that I often feel and it is almost 5p.m.!
Last week when I did this, I lost 2 pounds and I said goodbye to a two week plateau. No wonder my weight loss had stalled. I don't need to work harder, I need to work smarter. I can see now that I was resistant to change and it was stalling my own weight loss plan. Pacing myself has always been an issue because I've consistently been the type of person who works at 100% effort. By working at 75-80% percent instead, I could add additional activity later, after taking a break.
I read in a Spark article that you get the same benefit from three 20minutes workouts that you get from one 60 minute workout. Plus, my ActiveLink tells me that I get more overall calorie burn because my cumulative daily activity level increases. Now I've got a new plan for myself!