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Strength, cardio and gardening.


Tuesday, June 03, 2008

So, over the weekend, I bought an exercise ball. Two, actually - a 65cm stability ball and a five-pound toning ball. I'm a big fan of the stability ball, but a bigger fan of the toning ball. Not only is it a workout tool, it's a giant stress reliever! I've discovered a tendency to play with it when I'm bored of packing and folding and wrapping with newspaper. Luckily, the dog doesn't want a thing to do with it, since it's too big for him to eat effectively, so I have a toy all to myself. Unfortunately, I had to leave the big ball in my new apartment when I came back to the old place for the week because it was too bulky to load safely in the truck, so it's waiting patiently for me to return.

So far (all of these two days of the week), I've been really good about working out in the afternoons. I meant to work out this morning when I woke up, but sleep was more important. I've become addicted to Women's Health magazine in the past couple of months; they have LOADS of information online, and the site is a great supplement to SparkPeople. They have several workouts I'm a personal fan of, including the 'No Props? No Prob!' workout (I used it last night). I like their most recent 20-minute series, too, but I can't do most of the exercises since most of those exercises include gear that I either don't own (an aerobic step or bench) or don't have ready access to right now (the stability ball, or a stepstool). It makes me sad.

Also, I've recently discovered an affliction I didn't know I possessed: I can't decide my workout! I know you're supposed to change up your workout every 4-6 weeks, and I have no problem doing that - if I could just stick to a workout in the first place! I want a workout I'm satisfied with, one that I feel is working, which is part of the reason I keep bouncing from one to another. I kinda like this no props workout for now, but when I get moved, I'd like to move to the 'Ultimate Fit Plan 2008' on the Women's Health site. I just hate that I really can't do it without gear, which means I can't really get into it until I get moved altogether. Does anyone else have this affliction? :D

I also need to figure out a way to get in my cardio minutes. Y'all have no idea how much I HATE running... maybe I should start doing sprints. Any suggestions for cardio ideas (suicides, jumping jacks, walks, etc.), preferably some I can do outside? I know there are plenty - I'm just lazy. Plus, it will definitely help when I get into this ground-floor apartment, when I can do jump rope and jumping jacks without worrying about pissing off the neighbor downstairs.

On a completely unrelated note, I'm looking for ways to have plants in a small (read: economy) apartment. This month's Southern Living had a new idea, using tiered wire hanging baskets, lined with burlap and filled with fertilized potting soil. This is obviously an outdoor basket project, unless you want it to drip all on your floors. I've got a good-sized, fairly useless grill that I plan on converting, too. I think my carport space might become my go-to garden when I move in; it's just too much of a pain to park my truck in that tiny little space!
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