Saturday, March 16, 2013
I'm an adrenaline junkie, someone who loves working out in a competitive team setting or challenging my best time when running (not that I'm up to running just yet, it's more of a staggered limp-hop walk). Using workout videos, in front of my TV, at home, just never struck me as enough of a challenge, or enough of a fun setting.
I've changed my mind, I think. I did a few workout videos today, amounting to a total of 30 minutes, and I included both cardio and strength elements. It was fun! First, I had to select videos and exercises I could actually do, limited by injuries. Then I combined them into a workout and downloaded them to my TV, set up a nice playlist (MY nice playlist!) and got to it.
Some things, like side-plank crunches, were quite fun- after falling over for the third time, I finally figured out a way to balance even with my bum knee unable to take the weight it should be holding up, but my arms were BURNING! Others, like the cardio intervals, I will need to redesign as they weren't challenging enough. I ended up jumping rope for ten minutes before cooldown because I still had cardio energy to burn.
Still, it's somehow great to just hop into a sports bra and go workout where nobody cares whether or not you've shaved your legs (what? It's winter here! Shush!), whether you're fashionable or not (gym, I'm lookin' atcha!), whether your face gets redder than a tomato (ultra-pale redhead here- I always look like I'm dying!) or whether or not you curse as you fall attempting to pretzel yourself into a yoga position your body CLEARLY wasn't meant to be in (I'm not very flexible).
I'll definitely be keeping it up while the great outdoors is utterly inhospitable (icy, snow, slush... freezing!). Plus, the short distance to my OWN shower is definitely a plus, so quite possibly workout vids will stick around at least until summer temps make working out indoors unlikely :)