My weak element

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Trisha asked this question on the Fab Fitness and I thought it was a good blog topic...

"When it comes to your fitness plan, what do you struggle with the most, cardio? ST? Stretching? Nutrition? Motivation? Focus? What is your weak element?"

Of course I am Perfect at none of these elements. My nutrition isn't always optimal... often I have portion sizes that are a bit too large, or I snack when I shouldn't, but it's always healthy, mainly clean food. I love strength training. I don't lift heavy, but I am pretty consistent. My motivation and focus... I don't even think about these, meaning that when it comes to working out, there's no question of do or don't do... It's like brushing my teeth... I just do it, unless I am REALLY tired or sick.

You guessed it... My weak element is cardio!

I have a messed up hip and a messed up knee. I can't run for more than 200 m at a time. It's not my cardio endurance, it's just my legs... so says the physiotherapist.

I do my cardio at home with DVDs such as Bob Harpers Ultimate Cardio, Cardio Max, and his Inside Out Method Cardio. I also love Jillian Michaels' DVDs, especially Banish Fat Boost Metabolism for cardio. The thing is that I'm not always able to do the moves as effectively or as quickly as the fitness models, so I don't know if my workout is as good.

I tend to move slower than other people because of my balance issues and my hip problem. I love to walk for cardio also, but again I am slow compared with most people. My fast walk is about 3.7 miles/hour. My hip just can't safely push me any faster. When I go too fast I have accidents like I did last month (when I fell into my table and hurt my ribs).

So, what I find is that "cardio" takes an awful lot of time! I've discovered that 40 minutes is about the longest I can work out effectively, whether cardio DVDs or ST, So I don't feel like I have enough calories burned from cardio, and it may not be very effective.

I can run on a treadmill for a short period of time, and I can walk at a faster speed, but I can't use an incline, so it wouldn't be worth the money. We are considering a stationary bike of some kind, but in the future...
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  • SUGIRL06
    Biking long distances fefintely burns serious calories. Something you could try? I find my heart rate stays at a decent rate but I don't feel it like I do with other cardiovascular. You are great at being so consistent though!
    3084 days ago
    Is swimming an option?
    3087 days ago
    I think the bike might be a good solution/ alternative...but you ARE out and working to YOUR best ability...not someone else's! THAT is what makes a plan work for each of us individually! None of us can or should follow the exact same plan as anyone else!!

    Keep up the good work!
    3088 days ago
    I have some of the same issues-right hip, left knee, and balance issues-that's why I enjoy reading your blogs hoping for pointers!
    3088 days ago
    Great blog
    3088 days ago
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