Monday, November 25, 2013

Sworkit Pro

I have heard many good things about Sworkit, and at long last I am starting to get tired of doing my Zumba regime three to four times a week.  So I decided to try something a little different.  You can download Sworkit Pro for $0.99 on I-tunes and it is amazing because you do not need any equipment besides yourself.  You have an array of options to choose from to get a full workout.  You can choose the length of your workout along with the type: Strength Training, Cardio, Yoga, Stretch.  I love that they have a full body stretch function as stretching is my weakness. 

Today was my first attempt at using Sworkit and it kicked my butt!  I chose 45 minutes of cardio and I could only get through 20 minutes before I had to stop.  Sworkit sets up your exercise in thirty second intervals where it changes your activity every thirty seconds.  Some examples are: Burpees, jumping jacks, squat jacks, mountain climbers, butt kicks, running in place, fast feet, high knee, and even a rest period.  It is very nice that you get to rest on regular intervals, believe me you are going to need it.

Talking to my friend Casey VanWagenen who is a big fan of Sworkit I realized that a better idea than to do 45 minutes of cardio is to break it up into segments of about 15 minutes each.  So try doing 15 minutes of strength training, 15 minutes of yoga, 15 minutes of cardio and then stretching.  I am going to try that tomorrow and see if I have an easier time of it.

I thought I was doing well on the physical fitness side of things, after all I have been exercising 3 times a week for many months now.  Today was an eye opener to me and it showed me just how weak I really am and how far I still have to go before I can really be physically fit.  There is a reason why I am still tired most of the day, and why picking up Chloe's car seat and carrying it around is hard!  I need to build up muscle.  My upper body strength is non-existent since I love doing Zumba and we don't have a whole lot of upper body exercises that build muscle.  My lower body is stronger but my abs are also pretty weak.  I had to modify many of the exercises because I was not physically able to do them.

I am excited to be adding something new to my routine, something different that will help me develop my muscles and increase my physical fitness!  I highly recommend Sworkit, it is your own personal trainer right in your pocket!  You don't have to go anywhere or own any fancy equipment to use it.   I would recommend playing some music while using Sworkit as the app does not come with the ability to play music.  If you are using your iphone you can simply put on a playlist and then start your exercise as the music will keep playing even while you are running Sworkit! 

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