Saturday, March 02, 2013
Today's Spark Coach Task: How do you plan to shake up your workouts?
I have been multi-tasking! I needed to clean out my 2nd bedroom which I am in the process of converting into a Serenity Room. That's where my bookcases are, so I've been weeding out the books. I've given away boxes and boxes--and still have at least 4 more boxes to donate.
I'm organizing the shelves and including mementos, stuffed animals, photographs and not just books now that I have more space.
And I'm not buying any more books. Not only is that a financial decision (social security checks only stretch so far), but also it helps me to stay decluttered. So I've been visiting the library twice a month. My neighborhood branch is 2.03 miles from my house--and I've been walking there. I put my ID, cell phone, water bottle and the books in a backpack, and I take off.
Then I come back home and track my walk--and I'm not strolling, let me tell you! I keep a brisk pace so I can burn calories while checking out library books. Check. Check.
So what else can I do to spice up my workouts? Well, I switch things up. I walk inside, I walk outside, I even added jogging on my outdoor walks - walk 3 minutes, jog 1 minute in intervals!
Last week I even added Tabata. I chose jogging on my mini-trampoline as my aerobic activity, then jogged as hard and fast as I could for 20 seconds, rested for 10, and repeated 8 times. The whole thing takes 4 minutes--but it's supposed to be a High Intensity Interval Training (HITT) workout that really blasts fat cells. So I'm on board.
And here's my real challenge: I intend to master the burpee. At the present stage (my starting point), I can barely bend over to get into the starting position. But we'll see how long it takes me to report that I've completed my first full burpee in excellent form. Once I can do one--look out.
I have challenged myself to not only master the burpee but to use burpees as my Tabata activity! I know I must be crazy. Must be all those endorphins running loose in my brain.