Wellness Wednesday: Start Small with Strength Exercises by Leah Custer

Start Small

It only seems appropriate with the time of year to share some workout strategies. Many people decide on New Year’s “I’m going to live healthier”, “I’m going to work out”, “I’m going to lose weight”. The list is endless about losing weight or eating healthy and exercising. For real though, it will not happen overnight and you need to go easy on yourself. Start small and ENJOY it instead pushing too hard, getting overwhelmed and as a result giving up because it’s too hard. Here’s a thought… don’t make it too hard to begin with!

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How Kickboxing Has Changed My Life for the Better!

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#girlsjustwannahaveguns💪 Turning my #jigglypuff into #wigglytuff 💖😜it was red carpet night at #iLoveKickboxing and I learned exactly how difficult it was to do burpees in a dress! I’ve definitely gained a lot more strength and endurance from kickboxing (in the beginning I couldn’t even do one pushup, but now I do double classes some nights just for fun like a cute psycho 😅🙃) I’m on track to hitting my goal weight this May🥊🥰❣️ • • • • • • #turningmypuffintotuff #kickboxlikeagirl #ilkbnation #ilkb #kickboxinggirl #redcarpetnight #sequindress #mermaiddress #forever21 #rosegoldgloves #kickboxing #rosegold #iridescentdress #iridescent #fitnessmotivation #newyearnewyou #weightlossjourney #changealife #goalgetter #ilkb #djnight

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I started kickboxing atthe end of May in 2018, and it was the best desision ever!

There are so many ways kickboxing at ILKB has changed my life, here are a few:

Weight Loss

After I started counting calories combined with exercise I have lost almost 16 pounds since August! I weighed 106 pounds in freshman year of college. After I graduated my metabolism stopped, I was drinking too much, and without proper diet and exercise I weighed over 160 pounds! In August I limited my calorie intake to about 1,360 a day and I set a goal for myself to go to kickboxing at least four times a week.

I’ve been steadily losing 1 – 1.5 pounds a week the healthy way. I may splurge here and there on my calories at parties and special events, I’m only human. I’m not depriving my body of nutrients and I make sure I always feel satisfied after a meal! My realistic goal weight is 120 pounds and at this rate I’ll be there at the latest in May of next year!

weight loss fitness pal app

Stamina

I sometimes do double classes back to back. After my first class ever I was so sore that I could barely go up the stairs. I was able to complete my first full Tough Mudder (~10 miles, 20+ obstacles), something I never thought I would ever be able to do. Yes, it took me over four hours but I’m so happy that I finished strong.

tough mudder girl

Healthier Heart

After getting the heart-rate monitor I realized that my resting heart-rate was a little high (over 120 bpm). After getting into better shape it has lowered significantly. One lady who checks my heartrate when I donate platelets even said, “be a little more excited, why don’t you”.

Mindfulness and being more aware definitely helps. I work harder with the monitor on because I’m constantly trying to burn more calories than before. It’s very convenient to get the e-mails after every class that give you full workout summary. I’m in constant competition with the person I was the day before.

kickboxing heart rate

*Disclaimer this is a screenshot of a better than average class. I don’t burn this many calories everyday I usually burn around 600-700 on average*

monthly kickboxing calories


Improved Mood

It’s basically impossible to leave after class and feel negatively or in a bad mood. I feel so awesome and accomplished after each class because I’m getting closer and closer to my fitness goals! There is such a supportive group of kickboxing instructors and peers at my studio. We’re at different fitness levels with different lifestyles, but we all have a common goal: To be fitter, stronger, happier versions of ourselves!

holographic ilkb girl

I LOVE KICKBOXING –@honeybunnytwee