Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Today, I decided to get out of my comfort zone of only using the elliptical and mixed things up. I scoured the interest for various treadmill and elliptical routines, but could not find anything that I really liked. So, I decided to just simplify things.
When I walked into the gym, I had planned to just walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes or so. I cannot tell you how many times I decided to change it, but, you know, that was the beauty of it - not feeling confined to some set routine I was working on. That's all I've done for six months, and while I am proud of the progress I have made, I got bored! I lost motivation... I didn't really look forward to the gym as much.
So, what I ended up doing was walking a mile on the treadmill, changing the incline and speed as I felt comfortable. Followed that with a mile on the elliptical with the same plan: resistance and speed adjusted as I felt like it. Then, two miles on the bike at level 10. I was only going to do a mile, but it didn't take very long, so I just kept pushing.
All-in-all, I did 53 minutes of cardio - quite a bit longer than my old routine - and I didn't get bored or feel like I had to only do what was on "the plan."
I really needed the freedom of that. It's been a stressful day and I didn't want to have to concentrate too hard. Since I was just focused on my distance, rather than my speed, level, etc., I could just let my mind wander. I'm thinking I will do something similar to this for a while, but still add little variations each time. Let's see where it takes me!