Fitness: Hiit Exercise and Proper Eating

This week, I started doing HIIT (High-intensity interval training) workout and I also started counting the right amount of calories and macros that I should be taking in. The HIIT workout is very difficult for me and I am very sore right now. Going up to the bedroom, which is situated in the second floor of our apartment, is one of the most challenging part of my day. But hey, no pain no gain.

As for the food, I started tracking what I am eating. I also stayed up late last Monday night just to get the correct macro nutrients and correct serving of my rice. I cannot live without rice, this is an Asian thing. Satisfaction in my meal is difficult if I cannot eat rice. The secret, I think here, is moderation. The first thing that I did is count the correct calories that I should be taking in. I used this application to get the correct amount of calorie. For a 5’4 and 64 kg gal like me, the right amount of calories that I should taking in is 1200 calories for one day. This is based on the fact that I am working in a sedentary environment, meaning that I spend a lot of time sitting rather than moving around. This is the baseline, meaning that I should go over if I integrate exercise into my day. If I burn 300 calories from an exercise, it means that I can/should eat another 300 calories in one day.

I want to emphasize the 1200 calories that should be attained per day. This is the base calories that I should take per day; this means that this is what I need to fuel my body to function well in a day. If I started eating below this base, there is a chance that my body would go on hibernation mode. This is a phase where the body tries to save any energy meaning it would cling to the fats in the body and slow down metabolism. If the body goes on hibernation, losing weight and fat would be very difficult.

Eating healthy and exercising is a bit complicated but the rule of thumb here is the simple math of calorie in and out. But let’s not forget the fact that there is a base calorie for the body to function well. In tracking my food intake, I get the chance to know if I am going over or under my limit. Eating more will ruin my diet. Eating less has the same effect. The correct approach here is to eat moderately. Tracking might mean another thing to think about but this one helps a lot. It gives me an idea if I can still have another cookie based on my calories for the day or if I should eat more or less in the next meal. In doing this, I am starting to correctly manage my food and my eating habit.

I am just starting in my journey towards a healthier lifestyle. Maybe my formula for food tracking will get simpler or complicated in the near future but starting simple like this is one heck of a step towards it.

For the exercise, I am following Joe of the bodycoach on Youtube. He provides a beginner’s hiit workout that anyone can do in a matter of 20-25 minutes per session that should be done 4-5 times per week. He also offers a great program in losing weight and eating healthy, I wanted to sign up to his program but I don’t have the financial capability to do so. Maybe in the near future, for now I’ll do my best to stick to my food tracking and exercise habit.

Week 1 Updates

This week, I did 4 Hiit sessions. I skipped last Wednesday because it’s the first day of my period. I had a terrible cramps and I felt too tired to do anything, especially a hiit exercise. I also did my research on this as I am having second thoughts of doing exercise during my period and what I found out is that it all depends on what my body is telling me. If I feel too tired, it’s okay to skip this day and continue on later days. This will be my new principle when it comes to exercise. I came back to the hiit session by Thursday because the cramps subsided and I really want to do it. I’m still in the phase of great inspiration, something to do with the fact that I’m still beginning.

For the food, I luckily stayed on track of the 1200 calories per day plus 300 calories when I do HIIT exercise. I love going out during weeknights and eat out but this week, I never had the urge of being bored at home and to eat outside. It’s good for my body since I am still beginning in my journey towards a healthier lifestyle. It’s even better for my finances, I tend to splurge into food because FOOD! I’m not totally gonna ditch the eating out and spending some quality time outside; rather, I will moderately do it. Moderation, this is the key for everything. Remember, anything done in excess is bad. Well, this is my update on week 1. I’ll not do hiit workout on the weekend but I’ll still track my food. I hope you all have a good time!

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