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Get into your ‘thermometer jeans’

Fitness: With fall on the way, it’s time to put away your excuses and get into the jeans

Posted: September 2, 2010 6:54 p.m.
Updated: September 3, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Rachel Cosgrove’s thermometer jeans illustration.

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Fall is here, which means jeans season is back. Have your skinny jeans been taunting you from the back of your closet?

I’m not talking about style, I’m talking about the fact that you probably have skinny jeans and fat jeans. Just about every woman is familiar with the scenario in “Eat, Pray, Love,” when Julia Roberts laid down on the dressing room floor, using all her effort to button her jeans.

In my book “The Female Body Breakthrough,” I introduced the concept of “thermometer jeans,” which is my replacement term for skinny jeans because fitness shouldn’t be about being skinny. It’s about being fit, confident, empowered and feeling hot. Thermometer jeans are the new indicator to tell you when you are looking good — instead of looking to the scale for a number.

Too many women have spent a lifetime being a slave to the scale, giving that metal, inanimate object too much power over what kind of day they will have.

As more and more people include strength training as part of their workout program, the scale becomes a very unreliable indicator of progress. If you gain lean body mass — boosting your metabolism and helping you burn off fat — the scale may not show this. Your thermometer jeans will.

The fantastic thing about thermometer jeans is that they can be any size. Yours might be a size eight or a size 16. It doesn’t matter. These are the jeans you feel hot in. Try them on and get started on your way to fitting into them again so you’ll feel hot again in plenty of time for the holidays.

Go ahead ... go grab your jeans out of your closet NOW. Seriously ... I’ll wait.

Taking action is the key to getting started. After you try them on, hang your thermometer jeans somewhere you’ll see them every day. Here are my tips to get into your thermometer jeans in the next eight weeks:

1. Use exercise that will boost your metabolism, change your body and burn tons of calories. Below is a list of how you should prioritize your exercise:

* First priority is strength training. This will increase your metabolism, burn calories and create an after burn effect where you will burn more calories the 24-48 hours following the exercise bout.

* Second priority is metabolic interval circuit training. This is intense for short periods of time and will burn calories and give you an afterburn effect but won’t necessarily build lean muscle tissue.

* Third priority is steady state cardio. This will burn calories but won’t necessarily boost it for longer than during the workout.

Bottom line: if you are short on time, metabolic resistance training and an interval metabolic circuit three to five times a week are the keys to getting into your thermometer jeans!

Try this sample circuit. Perform 10-15 reps of each of the following exercises for one to two sets:
Exercise one: Lying hip external rotation. Lying on your stomach with one leg bent up so your foot is resting on the back of your other leg, lift your knee off the ground rotating from the hip. Be careful not to lift your hip off the ground but instead rotate from the hip. You’ll feel this in your butt.

Exercise two: Reverse lunges off a box.  This exercise is excellent for shaping your legs and butt and burning a ton of calories. Start standing on a box and step back with one leg into a lunge. Return to the start position and repeat alternating legs.

Exercise three: Single-leg deadlift. This is an excellent exercise for shaping up the backside to look great in those jeans. The movement is all from the hip. Balancing on one leg, bend forward at the hip and touch the ground. Then return to the start.

Exercise four: Rear leg elevated lunges. Facing away from a step, place your back leg up on the step and lower yourself into a lunge keeping your torso upright. The weight will be on your front leg.

Exercise five: Last but not least, finish with jump roping. If you don’t have a jump rope then pretend.

This is what we call a finisher to get your heart rate up and really get your metabolism cranking. Perform jump roping for 30 seconds on and 30 seconds off five times at the end of your workout.

2. Fuel your body. Eat within 15 minutes of waking up and then eat every two to three hours to fuel your body with a fruit or vegetable and protein at every meal.

This will get your metabolism revving and burn that muffin top right off so your jeans fit perfect.

3. Post workout shakes will increase your fat loss. Immediately following a workout session, you need to refuel your body. Mix up a shake with whey protein and fresh fruit and gulp it down immediately after you sweat.

4. Take care of yourself. Get enough sleep. Manage stress. If you are not getting enough down time to let your body restore itself, you will not burn fat.

5. Drink your water. At least half your body weight in ounces of water. Think of water as your fat burning liquid.

6. Take a multivitamin and Omega 3 fish oil every day. These are your insurance policy that your body has all the nutrients it needs to perform optimally and burn fat to fit into those jeans.

7. Keep a journal. Keeping track of what you are doing will keep you accountable.

8. Eat healthy 90 percent of the time, plan on splurging the other 10 percent, and don’t feel guilty about it! Give yourself room to indulge so that when you have one slip up you don’t feel like you’ve blown it.

I have seen consistently if you eat healthy 90 percent of your week, your body can handle a splurge 10 percent of your week without affecting your results.

Follow these eight tips and your thermometer jeans should start to fit in no time. Try them on every three to four weeks to make sure you are on track. Do not look at the scale, which will deceive you and you will think you haven’t changed when, in fact, you have. Only use your thermometer jeans as your measurement of progress.

Consider joining our next Thermometer Jeans Challenge, which starts Monday, Sept. 13. This includes a membership to Results Fitness for eight weeks, a coach to help guarantee your success, a journal with nutrition recommendations, a T-shirt and every “winner” will get $100 gift certificate to J.Serraino Boutique Clothing Store to go shopping. You are a “winner” if at the end of the eight weeks you can say, “I fit in my thermometer jeans and feel hot!”

For more information, visit www.results-fitness.com or call to set up your free evaluation at (661) 799-7900. Deadline to sign up is Friday, Sept. 10. Results Fitness is located at 24420 Walnut St., Newhall.

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