I can’t believe I’ve used lack of space as an excuse not to exercise regularly at home all this while.
I live in a three-bedroom apartment, so space is an issue. Most of the time, I can’t exercise in the living room – which is not very roomy – because my brother likes to sleep in front of the TV. So I can’t exactly exercise there when he’s still sprawled in front of the TV.
I thought I couldn’t exercise in my bedroom either because there is even less room there. My sister’s queen-sized bed, clothes cupboard and dressing table take up most of the space, leaving very little aisle space.
But this morning, I managed to finish a 60-minute belly dancing exercise VCD in my bedroom!
How did I do it? I played the exercise VCD on my sister’s laptop which is placed on the bed. Space was a problem but a bit of creativity did the trick.
I even did some bicep curls to Jojo’s song CD after the VCD. I’m trying to build some muscle and define my really flabby arms.
I desperately need to get fit because I have really put on a lot of weight, especially at the stomach area. I started gaining weight when I was in Japan. At that time, I thought I was “obese”. But looking at the pictures from my Japan trip, I was definitely a whole lot slimmer then. My jeans looked loose and my face looked contoured. I had double-chin then too but in most pictures, my double-chin was contained.
Although I did consume a lot of sushis (all that carb in the sticky rice!) then, I did a lot of physical activities too. We had to walk a lot and climb hundreds of steps to get to the various temples and shrines. To get to the nearest mall, we needed to cycle for about 20 minutes. I think that’s why, altough we consumed a lot of food, we were still within healthy BMIs.
I think I was around 55/6kg then. Now I’m 58. If I’m not careful, I can be 60 or more soon. I don’t think I’d mind the weight gain as long as I could carry it. But at 5 foot 1, carrying the excess weight makes me look a bit pudgy. All of my clothes now are ill-fitting. I don’t really have the money to invest in a new wardrobe. So I’ve got to do something about that.
Since I have discovered that I can actually exercise in the comfort of my own room, I will consider waking a little earlier on some working days to fit in an hour worth of cardio exercise.
Fitness experts recommend at least 30 minutes of exercise, 3-4 times a week. I think doing 1-hour of cardio, 3 times a week is good enough for a gradual get-fit workout plan.
I am more concerned about losing inches than losing weight. As long as I can fit into last year’s jeans again, without my stomach splling out, I’ll be happy.