Hey everyone, well I just joined, I'm not really sure how this thing works....but I have a few quick questions.
First off to give you a little background....... I don't lift weights at the moment, I was lifting last year regularly, and I noticed a great improvment.. Over the summer I was only running, and haven't lifted much this year...... because i've been running everyday. Anyways, I want to start lifting again, and work my running into that. So I don't really know like what kind of routine I should follow.. maybe run 4 days and lift 3 days? I'm really trying to stay away from legs because I think they're too big as it is, I just want them to be toned, and muscular not bulky, that's why I figured running would be a good choice. I want focus more on arms, stomach, chest, shoulders, and back, arms and stomach mostly. Also when I run I do 1 mile at 5.5mph and then walk a 1 mile at about 3.5 mph, then i run 1 more mile at 5.5, and the last tenth of the mile increase to 7mph. I've noticed I don't sweat much when I do this, and am wondering if it is not intense enough.... shoudl I go for a longer distance, or go shorter distance at high speeds? I want whatever will give me the most fat burn. Also I have a bf% of 13.5% which seems awfullly high to me....I would like to have it around 7%, or is that too low? I'm not really sure what the ideal bf% is for a female.
Also, I want to firm my abs.... I have been doing ab exercises, and my upper abs, whatever you call those are pretty toned and defined... my lower abs are a problem area... I mean I don't have a ton of fat there, but enough to the point where it bothers me, and basically it feels like unworked muscle, but I continue doing these ab exercises and they dont seem to help. Also I have a hard time toning the obliques. I try to watch what I eat, but I'm not one for the strict diets, that require a set amount of food a day. If anyone can help me out I'd appreciate it, thanks