Archive for the ‘Exercise’ Category

I just used a gift card to get a copy of Ultimate Yogi.  I’m pretty excited about it.  It’s a multi-disc yoga set with 108 yoga workouts (I believe).  Yup.  I won’t get bored with this set.  It’s been listed as quite challenging, so that’s good, too.  I will say this, I know it’s going to take me much more than 108 days to finish it, as I know I won’t be able to do yoga every day.  I work full time.  I’m a mom.  My family spends quality time in the great outdoors together every day, because we see that as one of the most important things for our family.  Something will come up, such as, say, no time!  It may get to where I only do the workouts on the weekends, although it would be nice to workout throughout the week.  Yoga definitely helps you stay in shape and it really helps your mind chill.

Let’s talk frugality.  I’ve gotten yoga passes to nice yoga places and I definitely love going to classes.  However, it can really add up.  The workouts are often longer than those on many DVDs and the classes are often more challenging, as they are often geared to many levels.  You get to see other people doing yoga, many of the more advanced ones doing some really cool things.  You often challenge yourself more in a class, because you can’t just up and turn off the DVD and leave the room!  So, use a gift card for 108 workouts on DVDs (Free) or pay an average of $1,080 or more for the same number of classes…  So, I will try the DVDs.  I’m either going to love the workouts or hate them.  We’ll see!

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Here’s how I’m doing on the President’s Challenge.  A full star means that I’ve done at least 30 min of activity a day for at least 5 days during that week.  I’ve already missed two days this week, so I hope that I’ll get my activity in and complete this week’s star.

Here are some of the activities I’ve been doing the past few weeks:

  • Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort, Wii Fit (Yoga), and Wii Dance on Broadway
  • Swimming
  • Stationary Biking
  • Walking, Hiking
  • Jogging
  • Pilates (not much)

Have I lost any weight?  No.

Have I been eating well every day, thus helping me to lose weight?  No.

Do I want to lose weight?  Yes.

What else would be really cool?

  • I would like to be in shape to do a triathlon.
  • I would like to be able to jog for 20 minutes without having to stop every few minutes for a breather.
  • I would like to fit into my smaller clothes, instead of having to make or buy new clothes in larger sizes.
  • I would like my local pool to be open early on weekends (with lap swim hours at that lovely, early time).
  • Scratch the last one.  I just looked up the pool schedule, and it has lap swimming at 10AM on weekends.

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Signing up for the President’s Challenge has definitely gotten me off of the couch for some activity.  Admittedly, I’ve been playing the Wii, but it counts!  Last week, I exercised (played Wii Sports) 6 days.  Wow!  Some days, I actually got on the Wii more than once.  This week, I’ve already gotten two days out of the necessary 5 taken care of.  I guess coloring in stars works for me.  I like visuals.  Here’s a pic from today:

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Hooray!  I played Wii Sports for 30 minutes.  I actually got up off the couch and exercised!

I played two games of 9-hole golf.  It was actually fun, so I can see myself playing it again.  I tried the boxing, but didn’t feel anywhere near a pro.

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So, I thought I’d try working out 60 minutes a day, 5 times a week, for 6 weeks.  That lasted one day.  I then changed it to 30 minutes a day, but still didn’t exercise until yesterday.  I’ve definitely been what you’d call a couch potato.  I got the idea from the President’s Challenge for fitness, but I thought I’d keep track myself on a calendar I made at home.  Plus, I was trying to stick with my traditional, serious exercise routines, such as jogging.

When you check out the President’s Challenge website, you can sign up to keep track of your fitness online.  You can also print out an activity log so that you can keep track of your exercise on paper and then log it in once a week.  There’s a list of activities that include mowing the lawn, doing housework, and playing Nintendo Wii (sports).

Please note that I’m doing the Active Lifestyle Challenge, which is the six weeks of 30 minutes a day.  The Champions Challenge is for people who are already active.  With that, you get points for the activity you do.

Yesterday, I played sports on the Wii and enjoyed getting beaten at tennis and seeing how awful I was at baseball.  I think I can play the Wii for 6 weeks.

I decided to go ahead and sign up to keep track of everything online.  I logged in yesterday’s 30 minutes, and it even asked if my Wii playing was light or moderate.  There was a star visual, divided into five pieces, one for each of the five days you’re to exercise each week.  After I logged my activity, one part of the star was shaded, and that was a cool visual for me.  I’m very visual, so maybe that’s what I needed.  Plus, you can’t go wrong with playing video games every day.

So, I’m going to go play Wii for 30 minutes, log my time, and see if I can keep this up for the rest of the week.

I will say that I should be jogging, but it’s so hot outside…..  I guess if I could actually get myself to wake up before noon…

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The past two days, I haven’t exercised.  I’ve even been avoiding it today as well.  I think it’s the 60 minutes that’s been holding me back.  I’m going to change it to 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, and we’ll see how that goes.  I may end up changing it to 15 minutes, but we’ll see.

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When I was doing Level 2 of the Navy Seal Jogging Plan, I was able to handle the workouts.  When I got to Level 3, I stalled.  I don’t think my body was ready for 3 miles a day.  I tend to run half a mile before a break feels like a really good idea.

So, I’m at home for the summer, working on grad school, so I thought I’d try leaving the exercise types varied, but challenging myself (possibly too much) to 60 minutes a day, 5 days a week.  To add to the challenge, I want to see if I can keep it up for 6 weeks.  (I got the idea from the President’s Fitness Challenge.)

To be honest, I wonder if I’ll get past a week.

We’ll see.

Here are some pics of the workout calendar I made.  The river rafting photo is from a New Mexico travel guide.

Today, I did a fitness evaluation on My Fitness Coach (Wii), which took about 15 minutes and was a workout in itself (push ups to exhaustion, etc.), and then did a 45 minute workout with an upper body focus (also My Fitness Coach).  It started with cardio, including some step work, and then went into strength work (no weights today).

The hardest part was when it wanted me to balance my feet on a balance ball and do push ups.  For the record, I am not one with push ups at this time.  It also took me forever to actually get my feet on the balance ball.  There was definitely a lot of falling onto the floor.

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When to get the jogging in?

For all of you busy people out there, when do you get your exercise in?

I’ve decided that the only way I’ll get my exercise in each day is to have a set time.

I’ve thought about first thing in the morning, but I’ve come up with mostly negatives:

  • I prefer to sleep in
  • The treadmill wakes up the rest of the house
  • I would have to blow dry my hair before work, which takes time and also dries it out
  • I would have to wake up earlier (Note the desire to sleep in?)

First thing home after work seems to have problems, too:

  • I’m usually extremely hungry
  • I’d be happy to just climb in bed and collapse as well

Thus, we have the idea of a set time before bed:

  • It should be long enough after dinner for the food to have digested
  • I’ll be able to take a shower at night and not have to worry about it in the morning, thus getting the opportunity to sleep in a bit later
  • It’s an excuse to watch a movie on the TV (while I’m on the treadmill)
  • It’s an excuse to continue to watch the movie as I stretch and possibly move on to sit-ups after jogging/stretching
  • It might make me tired enough to sleep well

Thus, I will attempt to have a set time for jogging each evening.  We’ll see how it will work out.

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Revised Jogging Plan

I always seem to be changing up my exercise plan.  I come up with a plan, get geared up for it, try it for a while, and then it fizzes out.  With that said, I’ve got a revised plan.  Part of my inspiration comes from watching a marathon go through my neighborhood.  It was very inspiring, and I think it would be great to jog every day, even if it’s only a small distance that gets increased over time.

Most recently, I’ve been trying the plan from the Navy Seal Workout Book.  For my new plan, I’ve taken out the push-ups and sit-ups.  That leaves me with a walk or jog warm-up, stretching, and then a jog or swim.  In a way, it’s similar to triathlon training, just without the bike (thus biathlon).  I guess I’m more into swimming and jogging than cycling.

I typed up a chart to organize my exercise.  I’m currently in Level 2 of the book.  I walk 15 min. for my warm-up and then jog 1 mile (or swim 825 yards = half a mile).  After 5 workouts, I warm up and then jog 2 miles.

As you can see in the picture above, I’ve taken into account that I’ve already done the workouts for the first week.  (I’m doing 4 weeks per level.)

If I feel up to it, I’ll add in the push-ups and sit-ups from the book, but I don’t want them to hold me up.

I don’t have a wall calendar right now, so I made a workout one using a page from a travel guide, construction paper, and my workout plan.  Seeing the mountains inspires me to get moving, and seeing the 1 mile jog (and the fact that 1 mile is not so bad, especially when there’s no longer push-ups and sit-ups that must go with it) makes it seem a reachable thing to do each day.

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Exercise Week 2 Finished

I’ve finally finished Week 2’s exercises.  In a month, I’ve done 12 complete workouts from the Navy Seal workout book.  I’m moving at a slower pace than what’s called for in the book, but at least I have an exercise program that I can use whenever I find the time or the motivation to exercise.

This weekend, I got in some good walking.  Even though the weather was cold, it was nice to get outside.

Next up, I’m going to work on getting through Week 3’s exercises.  There are 6 workouts, and I’m already working my way through the first one.  I’ve done the walking, so now I need to do the push ups and ab work.

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I started on Week 2 (Level 1) of the Navy Seal workout on November 3.  It’s now 11/10, and I’ve already completed 3 out of the 6 workouts.

I think it’s progress to complete 3 workouts in one week (I know that you’re supposed to complete one per day, which is 6 workouts in one week, but it takes me about 2 days to complete each workout).

For Week 1, it took me three weeks to complete all 6 workouts, so this is definitely progress.

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I finally finished Week 1 (Level 1) from my Navy Seal workout book.  I started the 6 workouts on 10/14.  I’m hoping that it won’t take so long to complete Week 2.

My reward for completing Week 1 was to purchase supplies and make a pair of earrings, but I don’t know if I still want that for this week’s reward.


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