Now that I have completed T25 Focus and a 30 Day Fitness Challenge, I need to start something new in order to stay motivated and continue to see results. As I mentioned in previous posts, I am tired of Shaun T (for now!), so I want to try something new that incorporates more diversity.
For those of you who have been following me for awhile, you know that I think repetition is the thief of joy when it comes to working out. I can’t stand to do the same routines for weeks on end and, at this point in my fitness journey, I refuse to. As such, I am using three different workout programs to create my own hybrid program to avoid boredom, the dreaded plateau, and disengagement. I will share links and reviews for each day so that you can follow along if you wish!
The BeFiT in 90 Workout Program is 35 minutes a day of mixed workouts. Overall, it looks pretty solid except for a few minor glitches, which is to be expected with a free program. One of the built in trainer tips promises two rest days per week but that isn’t always the case. Also, 7 doesn’t divide into 90, so you need to add Day 91 as the second rest day in the final week. The worst thing about the program is that it has commercials built in, but that’s YouTube’s fault.
The BeFiT program is broken into three 30 day sequences that get progressively harder. The problem is that you are expected to do the same few videos for the whole 30 days, which would be impossible for me. I’ve decided to do the same videos for the first 15 days, then complete videos from Tone It Up for the remaining 15 days before moving onto the next phase of BeFiT. I’ve heard great things about Tone It Up, so I’m excited!
In addition to my hybrid program, I am also going to be incorporating some pilates into my routine. My biggest lessons learned from my previous challenges is that my core needs some serious work and that I hate stretching. I’ve mentioned before that I had back surgery, so it’s even more important for me to work on these two areas than it is for a “normal” person. My plan is to complete videos from Cassey Ho’s YouTube channel, Blogilates, which will allow me to work on my core and stretch at the same time. I’m all about efficiency.
What Will I Do On Rest Days?
I am not a huge fan of rest days. I have a big weight loss goal and I’m generally an impatient person. However, I know that rest days are important to achieving results, so I will either take my rest days completely off or do some active recovery, such as a longer pilates video, depending on how I feel. I personally don’t believe that rest days need to mean complete inactivity, but rather being gentle with your body and giving yourself some time to recover from the torture you’ve put yourself through the rest of the week.
Thank you for sharing in my journey towards better health and improved fitness. I’d love to know: What do you do on rest days?