Several months ago, I set a goal of accomplishing 1,200 minutes of exercise each month. That equates to 20 hours, an average of 5 hours exercise per week. It seems a lot for a woman who works full time, yet still doable.
In May, when I vacationed in Washington, DC, and Shenandoah National Park, VA, I did a lot more hiking and walking than "normal." As a result, I totally blew through my 1,200 minutes goal, accomplishing 1,501 exercise minutes for May. And I blogged about it, of course, in my blog titled "Motivated by Spark Trophies?" (see www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
One of my friends, Carol (TCHNCRAFT), challenged me to shoot for 1,502 in June so that I could beat my record. I accepted her challenge. (Thanks, Carol!)
To get there, I've added more running to my weekly plan and have been meeting a local friend one weekday for an early morning hike. As a co-leader for Spark Phoenix, I've also been more involved in setting meet-ups for our local Sparkers to work out. One "failed" mall walk, trying to beat the heat. (We went too early, and ended up having to walk around the outside of the mall! Of course, that required a blog, titled "Mall Walk Disaster," see www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
.) Fortunately, I found out the opening time and we went again, accomplishing an INDOOR 5k walk. And I'm happy we did, because I met another new local Sparker, Christine, who loves to hike.
This morning, Christine and I met up for a 5:45 a.m. hike, intending to go for an hour. Instead, we were both feeling great, so went a little over 1.5 hours.
Total exercise minutes for June... I blew through my goal of 1,502, and accomplished an astounding 1,627 minutes. Fellow Sparkers, that is over 27 hours of exercise!
Clearly, my monthly goal should no longer be 1,200 minutes. Also, realizing that we are now well into the worst season in Phoenix, I'm not going crazy and making it 1,700! The new goal is reasonable: 1,500 minutes per month. Accomplishing that goal when the low temp of the day at 5:30 a.m. is 90+ degrees and the highs are over 110 will prove challenging!
If it is too hot to run outdoors, I will run on the treadmill at the gym. If it is too hot to hike, I will jump on my mini trampoline. One way or the other, the 1,500 minutes will be accomplished in July. I'm counting on you, my SparkFriends, to keep me accountable!