I walked Backwards today!
Thursday, July 01, 2010
Okay, so not totally really backwards, but I walked in the opposite direction of the way I was walking previously...
Okay that didn't make it any more clear. Let's try this: I usually walk around my building counter clockwise, go up a long, but not so steep hill, and around the back parking lot and then back down a long but not so steep hill, and then down a pretty steep very short hill and back around to the front of the building. I do that twice - and it's about 1.65 miles. As of yesterday, I could do that in 30 minutes Go me!! (it's fast, my legs are short LOL)
So, today, July 1 I walked clockwise, up the short steep hill, up the long, not so steep hill, and around the back parking lots which, apparently, were hilly in this direction as well. I only did it once, and then I just walked around the whole building in the same direction - It was hard work, but I figure it's about between 1 and 1.25 miles. It took me 20 minutes, but I was so winded that I decided the short lap for the 2nd lap was a better idea than trying to go further than that.
So, why, you ask, is this a big deal? It's because of plateaus. I'm not on a plateau, and on the plan I'm at, I don't think I CAN plateau - the system just doesn't allow for it. BUT, I hear so many people giving the advice "change your exercise routine." "Change Something!" to all those people who do plateau, that I decided when I started exercising that I will change my routine every month. It's not a bad idea, and I'm offering it up as a piece of advice to anyone who might read this. Change something - every month, change up your routine. It will ward off plateaus, and it will make this relatively new for you. I did it by walking backwards. How will you do it?