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Changing It Up

Monday, August 15, 2011

Since I joined Sparkpeople I've always read about the importance of changing up your workout routine so that your body doesn't get used to it, or as a way of plateau busting. I haven't really hit a plateau, but who wants to go through that frustration? I never thought I would stick with something long enough for my body to get used to it but I've been running the same route (with a few exceptions) for like 2 months now. It is 3 miles and it takes me about 33 minutes.

The point is that I want to change it up BEFORE hitting a plateau. I tried running 4 miles, and while I can do it, it's really difficult to even find an area around here that I can go 4 miles without ending up somewhere where I'm afraid I can't make it home. Nothing would be more embarrassing than calling my husband to pick me up because I ran too far and can't make it back. I'm also wondering, if I just add distance, is that really enough of a change? From what I've read, people suggest cycling (but I don't have a bike) or swimming (I can't afford to pay 3.50 each time I go to the pool) so I feel like I don't really have that many options. Also I LOVE RUNNING.

Here is my plan. Instead of worrying about finishing in a certain time, I'm going to add some sprints followed by some walking. I think that if I run a 3.5 mile loop while jogging for 2 minutes, sprinting for 30 seconds, then walking for 30 seconds until I'm finished it should be enough of a change. Thoughts? Comments?

I also decided that doing 30 DS is not enough ST so I am going to start doing Butt Bible (from Exercise TV) Level 1 for arms and level 1 for legs on days that I don't run. I think I've mentioned this before but never actually did it yet (Oops!)

Darn, i just read over this blog and it sounds like "me, me, me" I usually try to incorporate some motivation and inspiration for anyone reading...unfortunately this didn't really turn out that way... :(

Hopefully my extreme determination is motivating for someone out there. i've firmly come to believe that with the right amount of motivation you can accomplish anything, and if I didn't have my friends on Sparkpeople I would have quit a long time ago. So emoticon my friends, you have helped me succeed.
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    You ARE very motivating! It's inspiring to read about how you try new things and push yourself!

    That's great! emoticon

    But I don't think you have to worry about your blog being too selfish! Blogging is a form of self-reflection so I don't get the feeling that it's self absorbed. So, don't worry!

    As for mixing it up....intervals are a great way to add challenge, burn more calories and keep your body guessing. Coach Nicole has great 10 min cardio videos that are free. The library also has fitness videos if you want to add something else to your routine. Netflix (if you have it) has a lot of streaming exercise videos.

    But what you're doing now sounds emoticon

    Keep up the great work, challenging yourself! I love your determination!
    2440 days ago
    Your idea to add in intervals is great! Intervals are a great way of changing up your usual routine and shocking your body just a bit by trying something new. I like it! For whatever that's worth... LOL
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    2445 days ago
  • NATESMOM1910
    Have you checked out the videos on here by Coach Nicole? There's a ton of them. I use them for my strength training since there's such a variety. And you can add them right to your fitness tracker if you use it. As far as your running, I can't help ya there. But I definitely think you're on the right track with trying to keep your workouts fresh. emoticon
    2446 days ago
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