I tried on my bathing suit last night and was unhappy with one particular part of my body (besides my post baby tummy) and was wondering if you could help. My inner thighs!! I have taken up running (started in Feb) and have been weight training since December but for some reason my inner thighs are not coming along as like the rest of my body. Is cardio the way to slim that area down? Or should I be doing tons of lunges or something like that? Just thought I would see what your thoughts are 🙂 I have just recently stumbled upon your website –
It’s so inspiring and fun – kudos to you!!
Anyone else remember when Suzanne Somers was all about her Thighmaster? It was the late 80’s, MizFit was starting college, and she was *all about* the promise of the Master as well.
Alas that, and the myriad other spot-reducing plans I tried, didnt work.
I, like you emailer, tend to hang on to my inner leg fat (how unappetizing do *those* three words sound?) while the fat in other places (please to see ta-tas, knockers, or bazumbas) seems to melt away.
The great news? Youre doing everything correctly. The running, weight training (including your lunges) and the clean eating I *know* youre doing will, eventually, result in leaner inner thighs.
All of us have those stubborn areas which are the last to go—-but depart they do. Keep doing what you’re doing!
I workout all the time and find that I feel really guilty when I take a day off. I get really grumpy too. Because of this I actually try and avoid taking any days off from the gym which people say isnt good. why?
I love my bracelet. Maybe it is motivating me too much ( ha ha)
Because I dont know the specifics behind your email Im going to address it through the lens of “you can get so much more out of your workouts if you give your body time to rest & recover.”
There is, in fact, something known as activity disorder.
This may be something which you would find interesting to read more about—but there are far more elements to it than simply feeling uncomfortable taking a day of rest.
BOTTOM LINE? When it comes to exercise more (of a good thing) isnt necessarily better.
You dont mention what types of workouts you do but if weight training is involved and you’re seeking to add some muscle to your frame **rest** is required so that your body can repair, heal and GROW the muscles you’re working to achieve.
When I discovered weight training I was addicted from the start. I loved how my muscles grew so I lifted those same muscles (and the same exercises but that’s a blog post for a different day) 5 days a week.
On back to back days.
BingBangBoom my muscles began to grow smaller as I repeatedly tore them down & never allowed them time to rest/repair.
Thankfully I was fortunate enough not to injure myself (how? I shall never know) which can also result from over-training/too much exercising.
If your routine contains high levels of cardiovascular exercise studies have shown that this can serve to shrink (!) your heart and lungs.
What happens is your body adapts to your extended periods of cardio by downsizing your cardiovascular system in an effort to help your body cope with the stress of your workouts.
What I would recommend is that you begin to employ a few days a week of active rest (walking, swimming for *fun* etc) working toward adding at least one day a week of full-on rest to your workout routine.
Listen to your body.
Is it giving you signs of being over-trained? Of needing a break from your intense routine? Perhaps it’s time to listen and give it the *gift* of what it seeks.
I stumbled upon this quote (written by this blogger) while blog-reading last week and it supports with real-world evidence what Im struggling to explain via words (she’s referring to taking a break from running):
I’m feeling good for being back out there. It totally made my 4 days off well worth the relaxation!
Perhaps, emailer, entertain the notion of feeling the GRUMP but taking the break anyway?
It’ll make the joy of starting your workouts again that much more pleasurable.
MizFits? Additional thoughts?
Have you overcome feeling ornery when you skip a workout? Suzanne Somers’d your way to concave thighs? Hit us up in the comments.