Anyone who knows me well enough would agree that I am not a fitness enthusiast, even if Spotify.me predicts otherwise:
I never liked PE, sports, or physical activity of any kind. I loathe the idea of having to move to maintain a healthy lifestyle because I find it so difficult and boring. I also don’t like sore limbs and sweaty clothes.
But I do like the idea of not catching my breath when I climb a flight of stairs, or not being accused of being a heavy snorer. These things, along with a couple other concerns,(i.e. clothing choices) finally forced me to get my fat butt off the chair and get moving.
I haven’t exercised in a while. I work an office job and spend most of my time sitting, so the chances of moving around and being fit are pretty slim. But most of my coworkers do find time to exercise–I’m just a lazy potato who would rather binge on Mad Men than work out.
I know that my health choices aren’t stellar, so I decided to research on some things I could do to help me lose weight. I was scrolling mindlessly on one of my numerous Facebook groups when I came across this post:
I became a tad curious because I wanted to know how these people (who also work from home) manage their health and lifestyle. I scrolled down to the comments and saw this:
Basically, the person recommended T25–a workout I have never heard of, but sounded pretty interesting. I decided to google it and a result from WebMD came up.
His T25 program is an intense full-body routine, similar to Insanity or P90X. But for those of us who are too busy to spare 45 minutes or an hour at a time to work out, T25 packs all the benefits of a full-length program into just 25 minutes a day.
The Focus T25 program consists of 10 different 25-minute workouts. You start with the Alpha phase, which includes five workouts:
- Speed 1.0
- Total body circuit
- Ab intervals
- Lower focus
You do one workout a day for 4 days, and two workouts on the 5th day. Then you skip a day and do a stretching video on the 7th day.
It seemed intense but I decided to go and try it anyway–at this point, I’m willing to do anything to get my BMI back to normal (and have access to more clothes again).
I got the workout videos and the exercise schedule a few days ago but I didn’t want to start right away because I feared that it was going to be so difficult and that I’m going to pass out if I do it. Eventually, I decided to just start and get it over with.
The first workout on the calendar was Cardio, and boy oh boy was it difficult. Twelve minutes in and I was sweating like crazy, and my heart rate was way, way up. I hated myself for going through with it and nearly collapsed when the instructor made me do faster versions of the exercise. I tried to play BTS in the background and it did help for a few minutes, but it was still so tiring that I just laid on my back after the workout while listening to ‘DNA.’
Eventually the 25-minute workout was over, and I looked like this:
I got up after what seemed like an eternity on the mat and wrote this entry, because what is the use of a goal and a new habit if I’m not documenting it? I figured this would help me commit more to exercising and just be a bit more mindful of my health.
I’ll try to do the same thing tomorrow, but for now, I’ll drink more water and binge Mad Men again.