My goal for this week is to start shadowboxing for weight loss. I am going to do 20 minutes a day to start with a mixture of standing and sitting moves. While doing this, I will continue with my daily Pilates routine which will give me an accumulated 35 minutes of working out per day.
I’m starting with a combination of sitting and standing moves in order to make sure I do not do too much too fast. My Pilates routine has been a challenge but not a strain on any joints (a Pilates mat workout doesn’t impact your feet per se, but the way you extend stretches the hamstrings and pointing your foot in Pilates stance stretches the tendons in the feet), so I’m going to continue on this route until I feel ready to bounce around with my exercise DVDs again.
I am only going to stand for planted bob and weaves and undercut punches. Otherwise, I am going to practice jabs and cross punches while seated on a workout bench we have. Ordinarily one derives a portion of the momentum for a punch from the planting of the feet on the ground and then the motion pulling up from this point to the hand. This is particularly true with the cross punch which typically involves a 1/4 pivot of the foot and leg as the punch crosses the body toward the side of the room (presume you are facing front).
However, based on my prior experience with this form of exercise, I feel comfortable engaging my stomach muscles and controlling my swings from a seated position until I feel ready to bear weight on my foot while exercising for that amount of time. I pull a lot of inspiration for this from a Tae-bo infomercial I saw once where a young man in a wheelchair did Tae-bo beside Billy Blanks and kept right up with everyone else. If you want to workout, you can truly find a way to and I am going to do just that.
Added bonus: I have a pair of 1 pound (per hand) weight gloves that came with a 10 Minute Solutions Kickboxing DVD, Knockout Body. I need to pull out those puppies and use those when doing my punches. Every little bit of added toning and fat burning helps, right? I only hope they aren’t deep in the bowels of the stacked moving boxes.
Short story for the week: Keep up with the Pilates, add 20 minutes of Shadowboxing. Find the weighted gloves by Wednesday.
My progress report for last week when I stared Pilates for Weight Loss: I did Pilates 3 out of 7 days. I can honestly say I would have done all 7 if I had not came down with a stomach flu thing that had me vomiting and then nauseous. I couldn’t hold food on Tuesday at all until I talked to Amanda and she recommended raw honey to help soothe my stomach and help fight the nasty germs that were making me sick. Wednesday evening I began to eat again but didn’t feel 100% until Friday which is when I started the Pilates with a 10 Minutes Solution DVD until I found my Pilates the Authentic way DVD and did it the past two days (full stomach series on the mat with no substitutions today!)
Even with just three days in my back pocket, I feel absolutely super. One of the nice things about this workout – beyond the obvious benefits – is the fact that when I do it, it helps keep me from overeating at meal time (I’m not a snacker). When your stomach muscles are either sore or just in great shape, they really help act as a naturally barrier against stuffing yourself…too much food becomes physically uncomfortable.
I can’t wait to catch up next week! If I continue minding my P’s and Q’s I may even have shed a few pounds.