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First time: Working out in front of the TV

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 :)
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  • v INSH8P
    You have no idea how many times I was nodding my head in agreement with your description of getting set up and actually doing the video workouts. Yes, it really does feel like that! I'm sorry that your rehab is slower and not as complete as would be ideal. Your efforts to keep moving (good choice to be indoors during the yucky weather) are helping to boost your spirits (as well as giving the rest of your SparkFriends a chance to smile broadly).

    I also like how you mentioned the "after-workout" routine. I was at a new-to-me gym that was "OK". The showers there have limited-flow shower heads (energy efficient) and no temperature control. Your account reminded me that there are advantages to the home workout.

    Thanks for taking the time to post. It is encouraging to hear about the everyday being made special because of one person's viewpoint.
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  • v STARLIGHTSHADOW
    MNABOY: It's still the whole messed-up knee from years back. I'll probably need to have yet another surgery on it later this year as even with the bionic leg and three months of rehab I can't put my whole bodyweight on just that leg without it buckling and locking up. Annoying!

    Spring seems so far off- it's snowing again. Wish I could just up and come visit you!

    Thanks everyone for the well-wishes! It feels great to get back into shape :D
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  • v MNABOY
    Sorry I must have missed the blogs about your injury. Knee=snow skiing ? Hope the injury has not affected your cooking! In AR we are enjoying 70+ with a steady breeze and I was able to get outside and play today. Did some gardening and noticed I could/should mow at least part of my backyard. Then went out walking for an hour with my walking sticks and my Zune for tunes. Hope in Springs up soon for you.
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  • v SKEETOR
    Glad you had a great workout!
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