Saturday, January 23, 2021

Why Being Fit Requires Making Lifestyle Changes


So I started Chloe Ting’s challenge to see if the internet sensation lives up to the hype. She has multiple workout challenges on her website, targeting different areas (abs, thighs, etc.), so you can choose the one that works for your goals.

Here’s how mine is going so far:

Day 1: Not too bad. It consisted of a 20-minute Full Body Fat Blast video and a 10-minute abs video. I had to take longer breaks than the videos allowed for, but I made it through.

Day 2: Only a 10-minute abs video (a different one), but it was hard! So many plank positions. Up-and-down plank, mountain climbers, plank leg kicks. Each exercise is for 40 seconds, but I managed maybe 25 seconds.

Day 3: I watched a lot of Chloe Ting Challenge Results videos on YouTube after the workout. It occurred to me that I should take body measurements, too, to track my results.

Day 4: Same video as Day 2, but I managed almost to make it through the full 40 seconds.

Day 5: This day was hard. I didn’t want to work out, but then I imagined how I wanted to look on my wedding day and pushed myself.

Day 6: Double workout! I did the Chloe Ting abs video and went to the gym for a 30-minute kickboxing session.

Day 7: Today is day seven, and thankfully it is a rest day. I’m feeling the exhaustion in my muscles, but I can also feel my abs getting harder.

In addition to the workouts, I’ve been eating much healthier. All the research says diet is the most crucial part of being in shape. I’ve incorporated more fruits and vegetables into my diet and reduced my carbohydrate intake (hard to do for a pasta lover). Instead of a high carb breakfast, I’ve been consuming smoothies high in protein, vitamins, and minerals.

I’ve also increased my water intake. My goal is to reach one gallon per day. So far, I’ve gotten to 112 ounces per day, so I’m almost there.

My goal with this challenge isn’t to lose weight, but to create a lifelong exercise routine. I’ve been getting up at 6:30 a.m. each day to start the morning by working out. Chloe Ting’s workouts are short, and she uses fun music in her videos.

After I finish this challenge, I will probably do another one of her workout programs. I want an early morning workout to become part of who I am.

The only way to become physically fit and stay fit throughout your life is to make working out and healthy eating part of your lifestyle. Fad diets and internet workout challenges are only temporary. Create healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

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