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Exercise Flexibility

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Flexibility is an important factor when it comes to living an active life, at least it has been for me. There is something to be said for habits and routines. Some people can schedule their workouts and stick to that schedule with very little deviation. Good for them! But that doesn't work for me.

For one thing, my daughter and son in law each work a full time and a part time job and their schedules vary some. So my schedule for child care changes. Sometimes I have time in the morning, sometimes in the evening, and sometimes I can go to the gym when there is child care available mid-morning, working around dropping and picking up the second grader and getting the grandkids to their commitments like gymnastics, swimming, and ballet.

So I know I'm going to run three times a week and that is the back bone of my fitness schedule. Saturday mornings are my Galloway group long slow run. My daughter only works 4 Saturdays a year and doesn't have to be to work until 8am, so I haven't missed a long run yet. My choices for the other 2 runs are Monday-Wednesday, Tuesday-Thursday or Monday-Thursday. Friday, before the long run, is a great day for swimming, but sometimes it is cycling or Zumba or another class at the gym. I always have the kids long hours (til 8pm) on Sunday, so that is often my day of "rest". When I choose to rest on Friday, I get up early to exercise Sunday morning.

During the end of 2009 and all of 2010 I did cardio (walking, elliptical, cycling, aerobics) 3 days a week and usually full body strength training the alternate 3 days a week. In 2011 I backed off of strength training for running. I have missed very few cardio sessions in the last 5 years, a couple times due to illness and a couple times to accommodate healing. Last year the only cardio session I missed for no good reason (busy) was the week of Christmas I only got 2 sessions instead of 3. I have not been near as consistent with the ST. I am now trying to do my strength training of legs on my running days so my legs really get rest, but my core and arms strength training on alternate days. I'm going to set a SparkStreak and try to get consistent in this area, too. I know my body fat percentage is still too high even when my weight is right where I want it.

So my advice is to prioritize activity in your life and find a way it works for you. If you do best with a set schedule, set it. Have a Plan B, though, for those times of surprise. If exercise schedules don't work for you due to practical concerns (like changing work schedules) or due to your mindset (feels constricting), be flexible! You can make it work.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GABY1948 9/5/2014 9:47AM

    I totally agree with you about flexibility....and you are such a blessing to your family on top of it! TOTALLY

God Bless, Marsha!

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AQUAGIRL08 9/5/2014 4:25AM

    You have so much energy, Marsha! Wow! I love the way that you find the time for yourself to exercise, you have a great plan, it is just very flexible. Flexible is often very good as it can alleviate stress from over planning. Soon I think you will find that Natalie an Gwen will reach an age when they may enjoy exercising right along with you. I would think that that would be an exciting and very rewarding experience.

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MEXGAL1 9/4/2014 8:30PM

    whew, I am tired reading about how much you do. Your daughter and son in law must really appreciate how much you step in to help with the kids. I know when we go up to PA with the grands we are "on duty" a lot so I do get it and I get the need then to be flexible.
Have a great evening

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FROSTY99 9/4/2014 5:13PM

    I say whatever works for you then you should JUST DO IT!

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PLMITCH 9/4/2014 3:15PM

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NEW-CAZ 9/4/2014 3:05PM


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    I guess you could call mine 'loosely scheduled'. emoticon

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MSLZZY 9/4/2014 2:37PM

    With my crazy work schedule, ambulance runs and fire calls, I always have a Plan B in mind, just in case.

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_LINDA 9/4/2014 2:17PM

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You are amazingly organized. Its good you are going to try get back into ST. Its so important and did you know it will help you in your running? Especially the often neglected upper body. Well rounded fitness will make you a stronger runner..
You go girl!!

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LAILATN 9/4/2014 11:28AM

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Flexibility is the name of the game. Some exercise is better than NONE!

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NATPLUMMER 9/4/2014 10:23AM


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2BDYNAMIC 9/4/2014 9:13AM

    This makes perfect sense ........ Being flexible as we all differ in schedules ...... emoticon

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GLORIAMAJDI 9/4/2014 9:12AM

    Timely blog for me, strength training has really been on my mind lately. I had been going to a full body strength training class twice a week but lately that has fallen to the wayside. I need to get back with it. I want to do it at home on my own so that I can focus on certain areas but I am having a really hard time getting it done on my own. My goal for tonight is to do some strength training an if I don't do it, I will be back in the class tomorrow!

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TERI-RIFIC 9/4/2014 9:06AM


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SANDICANE 9/4/2014 8:43AM

    Hmmmmmmmmmm. Exercise is something I do when I'm trying to lose least that's how it's been in the past.

With all the yo yoing I've been doing, life is going to be different in the future.

Cheers to you, and as always, thanks for a fab blog!

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JAMIRBLAZE 9/4/2014 8:35AM

    Agreed! I figure if all I do one day is hop on the treadmill for some incline walking or putting on some music and moving, I'm not doing too bad, even if I missed a run or some other workout. I managed to work some movement in, and I'm happy with that.

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