Apr 3, 2017

Making the Cut: 20 Minute Flat Belly & Toned Arms Workout

So awhile ago I wrote a post regarding getting back to working out. I was pumped and ready to go. But all that came to a screeching halt when I started experiencing throbbing knee pain and I had an evaluation coming up. So I took a step back and decided to focus on the evaluation because I really wanted to be done with going to PT. And now that I am done, I have control over my knee and how to get it back 100% again.

I knew I wanted to continue doing the PT program that I was given for awhile still but I knew I also wanted to go back to some kind of exercise. I wanted to test the waters. So I made a plan for two weeks and would see where things would go from there.

Right now I have easy days and hard days of PT (which I talked a little about in the previous Making the Cut post). The easy days are all floor work where I work a lot on that inner quad muscle and even my hips some. On my hard days it's the standing work. It's working on my balance and lunges and squats. I even just recently added in tiny hops because hey I can do that now. I also added in 30 seconds of quicksteps because I have to start somewhere in regards to running. I lack a bit of control with my leg but I just need time and practice and strength - so basically time.


On my easy days, there isn't much to it so I knew I wanted to add in more. I alternate easy and hard days which would mean I would be adding in more exercise every other day. At this point this sounded like the way to go because I would have to ease my way back into exercise. (I am also adding in planks, adding more time that I hold it each time, because it is hard on my knee and I need to strengthen and practice.)

The question was where to begin?

With so much leg strength going on on my hard days, I wanted to add in some arms and abs with my easy days. So I found a YouTube video on POPSUGAR Fitness called 20 Minute Flat Belly & Toned Abs Workout. I knew it wasn't going to be the sweat and burn I was looking for in a workout but it was a start.

via
So in case you were wondering I just completed one and a half weeks of PT and this workout and now ready to move on to something else. But this isn't about the next thing. This is about this workout. Although I knew it wasn't going to lose a ton of weight or inches, I still took measurements like I normally do before a workout (although no pictures). I should also mention that I am also keeping track of calories via Lose It. I love Lose It although it doesn't sync with the Garmin VivoFit I wear, I just don't like My Fitness Pal that it doesn't link with. I like to track calories because I seem to stress eat lately and it's definitely not making me feel much better these days. I just like tracking what I'm eating and my nutrients and my workouts.

But back to this exercise, the last week and a half went well. Yes, I mentioned in the beginning that I was planning on two weeks then moving on but I got antsy. I feel ready to start something more. Yeah my leg is nowhere close to where it was before but I'm ready to start pushing it a little more and trying more (which if you read this post then you know I'm not going off the cuff but have been discharged and told to take things as I feel comfortable).

via
This wasn't the hardest workout ever but it was a good starting point. Since I get a lot of legs with my PT, I wanted to focus more on my core and arms. It was a 20 minute workout that did just that. I will admit that I wasn't sweating and I didn't feel the burn but it was a start. I started with just 5-pound weights but by the last few times of doing this workout, I had switched over to 8-pound weights which definitely made it harder.

I think I just enjoyed being able to do something more just PT and I am really looking forward to moving on to something more (which I will be posting about eventually so make sure to watch for that). But for now I'm pleased with where I started and can't wait to take on what's coming next.

Comment below: What is your current workout plan? If you have any lower body injury (or like me surgeries) how have you found your way back to exercise?

No comments:

Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Labels

A Day in the Life ( 28 ) A Little Extra ( 12 ) A Pregnancy Story ( 53 ) Addison ( 403 ) anniversary ( 38 ) apartment ( 10 ) baby ( 11 ) baking ( 20 ) Becca ( 265 ) birthday ( 36 ) Blue Apron ( 11 ) books ( 77 ) breastfeeding ( 5 ) bullet journal ( 2 ) Christmas ( 23 ) Connor ( 57 ) cooking ( 135 ) currently ( 13 ) date ( 12 ) Defying Gravity ( 28 ) DIY ( 39 ) Easter ( 5 ) Eat Dessert First ( 16 ) Every Day Conversations ( 14 ) Every Day Conversations: Kid Edition ( 7 ) exercise ( 48 ) fall ( 10 ) family ( 60 ) Father's Day ( 6 ) Fight Like a Girl ( 9 ) food ( 165 ) Foodstirs ( 2 ) garden ( 2 ) gestational diabetes ( 5 ) God ( 2 ) Halloween ( 17 ) Happy Friday ( 193 ) holiday ( 51 ) home ( 1 ) honeymoon ( 8 ) house ( 66 ) How 'Bout Them Reads ( 63 ) How to Boil Water ( 109 ) Independence Day ( 2 ) job ( 4 ) life ( 1 ) life list ( 9 ) loss ( 2 ) Making the Cut ( 45 ) Marines ( 29 ) marriage ( 25 ) Mommy & Me ( 7 ) Mother's Day ( 5 ) New Years ( 8 ) On the Kid's Table ( 12 ) Our Beautiful Mess ( 5 ) Our Beautiful Mess Shop ( 17 ) Our Weekend in Photographs ( 98 ) parenting ( 87 ) PCOS ( 7 ) postpartum ( 6 ) potty training ( 2 ) pregnancy ( 118 ) random thoughts ( 106 ) reading ( 69 ) Reading Challenge ( 64 ) Rob ( 225 ) SAHM ( 16 ) school ( 6 ) secondary infertility ( 9 ) Sense Learn Play ( 6 ) slow cooker ( 3 ) spring ( 13 ) Stella ( 37 ) summer ( 21 ) Thanksgiving ( 12 ) Two Ladies & Their Gents ( 9 ) vacation ( 1 ) Valentine's Day ( 11 ) video ( 20 ) wedding ( 21 ) week-by-week ( 50 ) winter ( 9 ) word of the month ( 5 ) Wordless Wednesday ( 41 ) Year in Review ( 11 )