Today's goal was 3 miles and at least 10 min of strength (well the goal is to get 2 strength workouts but my training program recommends them after the shorter walks during the week).
I decided rather than go out in the rain, sans glasses (I can't see out them when they are wet), I stayed in and did some walking workouts on demand. The first one was 25 min. The second one was 15 minutes and incorporated some light weights while walking. AFter walking, I also did some modified pushups, bicycle crunches, back extensions, squats, and leg adbductors. When you add that to the time spent using weights while walking, it was probably 20+ min of strength
So after doing these workout walking videos, I've decided the following:
The pros of doing these are:
1. staying dry! (and not having to take my glasses off to see)
2. I can pause them to get water, go to the bathroom, etc.
3. They incorporate other muscle groups by using your arms, twisting, leg lifts, lateral steps, etc., some of which can count as strength.
1. A little boring
2. Not realistic as no hills and the walk will be outside, possibly in the rain and - most importantly -
3. As I workout barefoot in the house, I can feel every crumb! I also have to shove the kids papers, backpacks off the floor, etc (Apparently my daughter has been neglecting her vacuuming).
However, for being inside, they weren't bad workouts though I didn't quite do 3 miles - I'm guesstimating 2.5. Also, my husband is going back to working nights after spring break so I'll have to workout inside during the week, unless I can drag my butt out of bed to workout. However, since he's working nights and I can't stay late, I'll have to go in to work early anyway so I'd have to get up about 5 am (when my husband currently gets up) to work out in the morning. I don't really see that happening; I've tried to get up and workout after he goes to work (6 am) and can't even do that, as I stay up too late (like now, to blog and log my workout now that I'm done and showered). Of course, if I did manage to get up and workout, it'd probably be easier to get to bed on time...
As an added note, I tracked calories today and didn't go over. I am even able to eat a skinny cow ice cream sandwich, if I so desire, and still be within my target. We'll see if I continue to track food tomorrow and get in a cross training workout. I have to leave work early tomorrow afternoon and go to my son's IEP meeting but I really don't want to go back to work afterwards (though I have to). I am thinking if it's dry, I might see if my husband wants to go on a short bike ride with me while it's still light out and before we pick up the kids (Wed they get to swim after school) and before I go back to work for a few hours. If not, I do have a free one time pass to the rec center so I might go ride a stationary bike and/or use the elliptical for a bit once the kids go to bed. We'll see though as I think they close at 9 pm and bedtime is 8 pm...assuming they get to bed on time.