Monday, January 20, 2014
Check out these easy leg lifts, Day 13 assignment:
I didn't do the leg lifts yesterday, because I'd done fifty lunges [modified] during the days and my thighs were hurting. I am going to do them today, and try to remember them, 'cause they're a handy tool when you've been sitting all day and haven't exercised.
The good news is I've been consistent with exercise so many days that I'm now getting antsy when I've been too lazy. I love that feeling, don't you?
I've had a busy day today. Visit with a good friend and then a vocal lesson, which takes three hours because of the drive distance. So.... voice is back, muscles are fired up and it's only 6:20 p.m. Just got back from a walk. The temperature here is about 60°, perfect for a good walk.
Day 14 - Make time for exercise. I satisfied that with the above walk, planned for in the middle of a busy day. We're packing for our next trip to Missouri, and any "off" time seems to make me a little antsy, with the feeling I should be staying on the task of getting things ready to pack.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
I've missed a day, so I'll talk about day 11, which was to concentrate on relaxation techniques. I've been doing a morning yoga routine for several years, and have trained myself to know how to relax. As I did my routine this morning, I noticed how much my body needed it, especially after a two day absence. The first thing I did is completely relax on the floor, and it took a while because my body hurt. It's surprising how hard it can be sometimes just to completely relax on the floor. In fact, when I first get up OFF the floor after various stretches, I still hurt, but the lasting effect is being free from arthritic and muscle pain for the day.
I'll be back to talk about Day 12...
Just got back from my interval walk, drinking my spinach smoothie and feeling virtuous. I didn't follow the plan exactly, since the guideline relied on minutes, and I do it by counting steps. One hundred steps is about a minute, but when I speed up with the intervals of hard work, of course 100 steps is a shorter period of time. I love getting out for a walk, so I can't figure out why I procrastinate doing it. Thanks to blogging accountability, I got forced out the door today.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Right now, I'm failing on this challenge, so I'm going to have to start blogging to make myself accountable. I love these challenges, but I'm five days behind on this one. I try to do them in order, but sometimes am tempted to check off the ones that don't require exercise, because I usually do those all the time anyway.
But to get specific..... the challenge I haven't addressed yet is "10 smart ways to Burn More Calories." I'll come back and report when I've read the article and finished the exercise.
The two I've chosen to do are "Focus" and "Don't Work Too Hard." I do need to focus better. I ponder about a million things when I either do yoga (which erases the good meditative effect of yoga) or other exercises. The "Don't Work Too Hard" addresses my consistency. I will neglect exercise for several days then try to catch up by doing too many minutes in one day. I got away with that when I was younger, but now it plays havoc with my joints.
End of Day: I did 20 minutes on the elliptical, and helped my concentration by doing interval workout. My first "all-out" effort was 1 minute to get my heart going, the subsequent ones were 15 seconds at a time, waiting a full minute till the next one. Twenty minutes goes fast when I'm playing games like that. My second exercise was indoor walking, while I walked around the house putting things away. I put real effort into this, borrowing ideas for Leslis Sansone's "Walking Away the Pounds" videos, even having about 15 minutes or so using weights. It's an interesting exercise unloading the washer while doing side-to-side kneelifts! I'm glad there are no hidden cameras in my house.
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