She's made great changes to her life, has lost 30 pounds in a year, and exercises regularly.
What's her exercise routine? 30 minutes on an elliptical trainer, followed by lifting weights.
My first thought -- how boring! I'm not a big fan of cardio machines. But, worse yet, 30 minutes of moderate intensity cardiovascular exercise isn't going to help you bust through a plateau.
This is what is referred to as "steady state cardio". Getting on a machine, doing some low-to-moderate intensity exercise for a set period of time, without breaking much of a sweat. True, it's exercise, but it's completely ineffective at reshaping your body or helping you to lose weight, especially if you're at a plateau.
To make change, you need bursts of intensity. Moving from exercise to exercise. Challenging yourself. For example, running, then doing some burpees, then push-ups, then frog-jumps, then star-jacks, then some dips, then squats...... I'm tired out just writing these exercises, let alone doing them.
For me, I have two of these types of workouts in my weekly regimen, in addition to challenging track, cycling, and swim workouts. While you can do something like this on your own, I always find it more fun, and more challenging, to do a challenging workout like this with a group.
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