Friday, May 18, 2012
Lately, I've been contemplating what I can do to vary up my fitness routine... not because I have hit a plateau, but more out of boredom and of wanting to push my body further.
I like walking on the treadmill because it keeps a consistant pace, because I can push my limits with the inclines and speeds. I like it because it gives me an accurate gauge of how far I'm walking and how fast I'm doing it. I like that it counts calories burned, although I know it isn't the most accurate measurement.
I like walking outside because I LOVE just being outside and all it has to offer, being in the sunshine, being able to focus less on the numbers and more on just moving - not necessarily being tied to a specific goal. I like it because it can be a leisurely stroll or a power walk. I like it because I can wear my flip-flops (Skechers Tone-ups)... I hate shoes.
I like being in the pool because it helps me move in ways my body may not tolerate otherwise. It allows me to work my whole body with resistance, not just cardio for the sake of cardio. I like it because my husband and I get to act like kids and splash around and play games. I like it because I always feel like I get a good workout no matter how much effort I put into it.
I've recently started getting on the Cybex Arc Trainer... oh my... let me tell ya, at first, that thing was really challenging to do; 5 minutes was all I could handle. Yesterday, though I did 20 minutes! My body is really adjusting to it and I don't feel like I have "sea legs" when I step off of it anymore. I like it because it does challenge my body in a different way and because I can go faster on it without the high impact on my joints.
I've thought about doing some classes - but none are offered when I can go AND I don't believe that my fitness level is appropriate for a class, yet. I've thought about doing some other machines, which I might work into. As I go along, I know that I will find more ways to spice things up.
I've also thought about running. It seems that almost every success story I see, everyone turns into a runner... and that's great, but is that where the fitness journey ends? Being able to run? I truly have zero desire to get into running and it has more to do with the fact that running IS hard on the body than with whether or not I *could* (or how I would look doing it). I know that it isn't something that I could do right now; but as I lose weight and get healthier, I just don't know that it is something I could get into. I'd really hate to lose the weight, relieve my knees of the stress of obesity only to have them damaged by running. I guess I'm just not certain why it seems that everyone thinks running is the Holy Grail of a lifestyle change? I'm very aware of the potential health benefits; but I also believe that being active in a variety ways gives just as many health benefits.
I believe that I'm going to be successful with this lifestyle and I believe that it will not include running.... Does that make me weird?