Wednesday, 7 November 2012

How to make your arse smaller...

How to make your arse smaller...

I have posted before about the way that interval training is horrible and how it hurts, but how very effective it is for me and operation diminish...

Quite simply, and call me vain, but running intervals makes my arse shrink.

If I don't run intervals, my arse spreads.

Simple as that.

And no matter how much I want to deny being shallow, the smaller my bum is, the higher up it sits, the better I feel about myself. Perky is as perky does.

So, I've invested in a treadmill for at home.

It means that on all the mornings and evenings that I am at home with the kids I can still run, without having to worry about them. First thing in the morning, when they are still asleep. Or last thing at night, when I've finally done all the chores, and they are snuggled down.

It's not the same as running up and down the steep hills in my neighbourhood; but once the treadmill is set on a decent incline and ramped up to about 10.5 km per hour, it does do the job OK to get my heart rate up.

So, I've been running intervals - three minute sprints, 90 second recovery, three minute sprint, rinse, repeat...for 40 minutes.

And because I have to get myself and the kids ready to get to work and school in the mornings - those recovery times? Those little bits of relief before the next vomit inducing sprint? That's when I do all the little jobs....

Did you know you can do all these things in 90 seconds?!
  • Stuff a load of laundry in the machine, slap the detergent in and set the washing machine off?
  • Lay the table for breakfast and pour the juice
  • Empty the top level of the dishwasher
  • Empty the second level in the dishwasher
  • Screech at the kids to get out of bed
  • Spread three rounds of toast with Vegemite
  • Make three kids beds
  • Clean the toilet
Warm up for 5 mins. Run your arse off for three minutes. Do a domestic chore in 90 seconds. Repeat the sprint/domestic chore bits another 5 times. 37 minute workout. Arse is smaller. Skin is glowing. 


Too hard to exercise around the kids? Err, Lucy, you slack tart, no it's not.

No time to exercise? Errr....yes, I think I just found some time.

Am I mad? To run around like this in the pursuit of feeling good?

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  1. I don't think you are mad - I think you are bloody amazing!

    1. Thank you sweet girl - I feel amazing at the moment!

  2. Great tips :) I love the mental image of an arse spreading... (I kid)

    I like to keep my butt toned and tight so this is great!

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    1. It sounds so gross when you read about it - it's an Aussie staple!

  4. I had just started on the interval training again the week before I had my op. You are right. They do wonders for the butt! Good on you. Nice to see you back on the 'net x

    1. The eb and flow of routine...Christmas term - a lot less homework = more 'net time...xx

  5. Great tip about interval training Lucy, and the really practical ways you can slot it into your morning routine- you have great willpower!I started running about 2 months ago; I run after work and before I cook dinner, or first thing in the morning at weekends. I find running really addictive, but now the weather has turned cold, dark and miserable a treadmill just might keep me interested. I have to say I too have felt more perky the smaller my backside has become, and the extra kick that running has given my metabolism has meant I can eat pretty much the same as before and still lose weight steadily. I have now got to the stage of feeling confident enough to take stuff out of my wardrobe and wear that I haven't felt good in for ages.

    1. Running IS addictive...and the metabolism is CERTAINLY true! xx

  6. I need to work more at upkeeping myself!

  7. Hello Lucy... the thing is... would I use it enough to make it worth buying one??? I have been thinking of ages for hiring one for three months and going for it. I'm used to a good big one at the gym and am sure it'd be much cheaper to hire. Ponder, ponder. But at the moment I am in mad swimming mode so that'll be good for the summer.

    TOTALLY with you on the interval training and I just love your list of things to get down in the intervals at home. Genius!!

    1. We hired for a three month period - I committed to using it at least twice a week...GO FOR IT! xx

  8. Whatever works for you I say!

    1. Sam - it means I can indulge in the odd indulgence too! xx

  9. What an awesome way to do it! I've started back at the gym and am psyching myself up to interval training again. Far out - the sprinting HURTS! I can't believe you do it for 3 minutes! Amazing.

  10. I love interval training. I had been doing it on a hilly oval near home. But I love your way. Now, just to convince the other half we need a treadmill!

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  12. I do tredmill training too i have not yet invested in a treadmill as yet soon i go to the gym round corner to use it lol

  13. Working out keeps me sane. Full stop. It also tones my body in a way I'm too vain to stop doing. HA. Love this post. Run baby run.

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  18. Hey Lucy, I just hired the treadmill and it arrived today. I have just re-read your post and am HORRIFIED at the thought of running at 10kmph for three minutes.

    Will have to work up to it. I love the idea of doing intervals throughout the day. 30 mins at the computers, 5 mins treadmill, 60 mins work, 5 mins treadmill, cook a meal, 5 mins treadmill. BUT will also do some early morning 30 minute sessions to wake me up.

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