So I’m not a runner, I actually loathe it. But, right now, I’m completely out of shape and really want to get back into working out now that I’m not in school anymore. So I finally have more free time, so my questions is, do you recommend the Couch to 5k? I lack a lot of stamina that I once had and I’m pretty much the walking embodiment of skinny fat. How do you rebuild stamina and get yourself back into shape?
So first things first, Couch to 5k.
I love the couch to 5k program. I find it hard to stick to almost any plan really, but the couch to 5k is so easy that it’s hard not to. Not to mention, there’s an app for that. It really eases you in. I started working out again about six weeks postpartum and used the couch to 5k to ease back into running for the run/walk aspect of it. I was in the worst shape of my life, and all my endurance and stamina that I worked so hard for pre-baby was…gone.
App interface – it’s pretty baller and tells you when to stop running and when to start.
Couch to 5k is great for rebuilding your fitness level. I highly recommend if you’re getting back into the game.
But if you’re not a fan of running, then I ask, why would you want to run? I know it’s free fitness, but if you don’t enjoy you’re going to have a hard time motivating yourself to get out the door. But that doesn’t mean don’t try Couch to 5k.
I used a combo of couch to 5k, barre, and yoga to get my fitness level back. I truly enjoyed all of them and enjoy going to class. I change it up. I am a bonafide gym loather. You’ll rarely see me on a treadmill and if you do, it’s probably for speed work in the winter. I might lift some weights, or in the words of Hubs: “pick things up and put them down again.” Weight lifting and strength work bores me to tears and I always feel like I’m ineffective.
If that’s you? Find an alternative. Take a class – try something new. There are classes for all fitness levels: try spinning, or Body Pump, or barre. Go walking with a friend. Shit, if I’m feeling lazy and don’t want to make it to Stroller Strides I go stroll the mall for an hour – I was able to get in 3.5 miles in about an hour a couple weeks ago at a brisk pace.
The key to finding the lost motivation, is figuring out what you enjoy and what’s not going to make you resent getting up at the butt crack of dawn to work out (or after a long day of work) and just doing it. Set small goals for yourself – whether it be a 5k, holding a plank for five minutes or losing that last five pounds and get to it! You’ll get that level of fitness back in no time!