[outfit of the day: romper from Target, shades from Forever 21]
Like I said yesterday I went with the gym membership you all suggested and when I signed up they said I could go right in and start getting’ my sweat on….so that’s exactly what I did.
I ended up doing my first treadmill interval workout ever! I always here everyone doing HIIT on machines at the gym but I never had tried it myself, so I thought I ‘d give it a go. And I LOVED it! Very challenging too! Here’s what my intervals looked like:
Treadmill Interval Workout
Minute 1-Level 5
Minute 2-Level 5
Minute 3–Level 6
Minute 4-Level 7
Minute 5-Level 8
Minute 6-Level 9
Minute 7-Level 6
Minute 8-Level 7
Minute 9-Level 8
Minute 10-Level 9
Minute 11-Level 6
Minute 12-Level 7
Minute 13-Level 8
Minute 14-Level 9
Minute 15-Level 6
Minute 16 –Level 7
Minute 17-Level 8
Minute 18-Level 9
Minute 19-Level 10
Minute 20-Level 5
Minute 21-30-nice easy pace with slight incline (level 6-7 works for a nice cool down jog)
When I first started this with the Level 5, I was thinking to myself ‘oh no, this isn’t gonna even be challenging’. But as soon as I started increasing those level…..WOOO! My heart started pumping and the sweat started flowing!
It was awesome!! I definitely want to look into more HIIT workouts for other machines. If ya have any links…hit me up in the comments for sure!! I’d love to check them out.
Moving on to a topic pretty much on the other spectrum of health and fitness…..weight in the media.
I saw this magazine cover today and just had to by it because I knew I’d be able to write a blog post on it.
And I was right.
Basically, the feature article in the mag was about Kate Middleton and how her weight has seemingly dropped since her wedding. Now I’ll admit, based on the photo’s she does appear quite a bit lighter, but as far as we know they could’ve been doctored or changed in some way. And that’s my biggest point right there…..its bad enough that magazines choose to focus so much on other people’s weights and body appearances, but they write their articles solely based on hearsay and “fluff” that we can’t even trust that what we’re reading is true! Plus, it’s not like they ever get both sides of the story…I’m sure the magazine didn’t even attempt to contact Kate before writing the article to get her side of the story…..they supposedly got all their information from an ‘inside’ (whatever that means).
I’m in no way advocating extreme weight loss or extreme weight gain…..but featuring articles like this are just so much more detrimental to society than they are beneficial. Featuring a bone thin person on a magazine is the same as featuring a morbidly obese person. Sure one is more socially acceptable than the other but they both advocate unhealthy lifestyles and influence people in ways that the magazines can’t even imagine. Plus, the accusations the articles make about why the persons body has changed are outrageous! Accusing people of eating disorders when maybe they just had an increase in stress, or accusing people of overeating when maybe they had to go on a medication that had weight gain as a side effect! But no…all they ever think about is sensationalism and making a quick buck. Scandal sells and focusing on other people’s bodies for their source of scandal seems to be their ticket.
I’d rather see a magazine cover talking about someone’s charity work or volunteerism! Doesn’t even have to be a celebrity….how about celebrating everyday people’s successes in making the world a better place?
That means more to me than hearing about who’s gained or lost 5 pounds.
What would you like to see on the cover of a big name magazine?
I’m thinking about making a contest up with some inspiration from this topic…..it’s in the works so I’ll keep you posted!!!
PS: My camera’s in the shop for awhile so the pics for the next few weeks aren’t gonna be toooo good. Hopefully WIAW isn’t too bad tomorrow! And I wanna do a Q and A post this week so keep the Formspring Q’s coming!!!