Friday, June 01, 2012
Finished a very productive month as far as fitness goes: took in 14 fitness classes and 8 yoga classes in May. Also walked 14 times, but a lot of those were quite short.
I signed up for the free month at Curves that was advertised here on SP, so that is what I will do for June. (Kind of amazed that the offer also worked in Canada for once!) I've never tried them before, but I think their circuits don't take as much time as my fitness classes, so I may get more chance to do longer walks again.
Hope everyone had a lovely spring & is looking foreward to a healthy & happy summer!
Saturday, May 05, 2012
Couldn't resist the gym rat terminology, never having been such a thing in my life! After my free week at the local fitness center I have signed on for the month of May. It's much cheaper to sign for longer, but I don't quite trust myself yet to keep going, especially in summer.
I am hurting today, but I suppose in a good way. Yesterday's fitness class was mostly strength training & my glutes & thighs know it! I went to 7 classes this week -- 2 were yoga and 1 was a Zumba Gold. I had never done zumba & may not again: (a) gold was aimed at older/more out of shape people so was too easy and (b) it was kind of boring. I love to dance, but preferably with a partner. Plus (c) I'm not fond of complicated choreography in my fitness routine. KISS works for me.
That said, I really enjoyed the other classes. It's a smaller place & everyone seems friendly & helpful. Class sizes ranged from maybe 18 down to an unusual 6 in Friday's yoga, so it's pretty easy to keep an eye on the instructor. I haven't had time or energy to try any of the cardio or strength machines yet. Heavier free weights is probably all I need to add, eventually. Obviously for the near future the classes are enough and I need the weekends off for recovery.
I am surprised not only by how alive & good it makes me feel (I anticipated that) but also by how it has already changed my eating patterns. I'm hardly ever craving junk but rather healthy foods! Weird, and I hope it lasts!
The only downside is that my morning walks have disappeared -- classes are 9 a.m. My friend won't walk before then & I'm not really up for it after. Hopefully I will get used to the classes soon & want my walk too; I miss the fresh air.
A big thank you to Spark friends who have left encouraging likes & comments on my feed along the way! Fingers crossed for the rest of the month.
p.s. Walked 18 days in April.
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Walked 20/29 days in Feb, but the food recording bit the dust really fast, alas.
Walked 19 days in March plus kayaked 2 other days. And so far, 3/4 days walking in April.
This month I've started using a heart rate monitor to make sure I'm not just strolling for nothing, which will likely speed me up a bit. The friend I walk with is not so keen to work hard (has some medical problems), so we'll see how that works out, though our pace hasn't been bad--certainly we arrive home in a sweat. Today I was alone & got through my 3.52 km (2.2 miles) several minutes faster than usual. I did toss in a couple of running intervals, which I may be able to do while walking with my friend--run out ahead & then back to her or something.
Anyway, walking through way below freezing temps and snow should be behind us. It's great to see spring! I won't ruin the moment by mentioning black flies ... oops, did I say that out loud? ;-)
Best wishes to everyone for keeping on with the exercise program -- if we want our health & strength to last as long as we do, exercise is a must!
p.s. I still have to get my free weights back in action ... will this be the month?? Stay tuned.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
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