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Variety is the Spice of Life

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

So, I'm one of those people who gets bored with doing the same thing all the time especially exercise (except hiking and swimming, which I love doing anytime emoticon ) and because I get bored easily with my exercise, I usually buy myself a new workout to do so consequently, I have over 150 workouts on DVD.

I'm also the type of person who likes to track things on a spreadsheet and make lists. I track my exercise on a spreadsheet and I also have a list of my exercise DVDs on a separate worksheet in my Daily Exercise Record spreadsheet with various columns like instructor, brand name, name of workout, type of workout (Cardio, ST [Strength Training], Cardio & ST or Yoga and Tai Chi), level of workout (Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced) and length of workout. For the ST workouts, I also have ST Emphasis (Upper Body, Lower Body or Core).

But on June 19, I decided that instead of buying myself a new DVD, I would sort my exercise workout list by type of workout and then by name of workout and then I would do my workouts in alphabetical order in whichever category is on the schedule for the day.

I started this personal challenge on June 20. A typical schedule looks like this:

Wednesday - yoga and/or a walk
Thursday - ST
Friday - Cardio
Saturday - ST or Cardio & ST combined
Sunday - Cardio and/or yoga or tai chi (depends on whether I've been overdoing it food-wise on the weekend)
Monday - Cardio & ST combined
Tuesday - Cardio

The days I do yoga, tai chi or just a walk, I count as my rest days.

So far, I've completed 12 workouts:

- Whitmarsh, Cindy - 10 Days to a Better Body - Upper Body & Abs - Cardio & ST
- Gulan, Elise - 20 Minute Makeover - Cardio
- Zumba - Activate - Cardio
- Whitmarsh, Cindy - 10 Days to a Better Body - Lower Body & Abs - Cardio & ST
- Mullen, Kimberly Miguel - Brazilian Body - Cardio
- Michaels, Jillian - 30 Day Shred, Level 1 - Cardio & ST
- Holland, Tom - Supreme 90 - Cardio Challenge - Cardio & ST
- Davis-McLain, Alison - Cardio Dance Express - Cardio
- Freytag, Chris - 3-2-1 Workout - Cardio & ST
- Blanks, Billy - Cardio Circuit 1 - Cardio
- Johnson, Chalene - Cardio Party - Cardio
- Michaels, Jillian - 6 Week Six-Pack, Level 2 - Cardio & ST

AND, on July 12, I posted what I was doing on my Friend Feed and one of my SparkFriends who hadn't exercised in 3 weeks decided to join me on this challenge with her own workouts so that's pretty cool.

Another, SparkFriend suggested I blog about it. If I can inspire others to join us on this personal challenge, that would be way cool, too!


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    emoticon Joanna for doing this for me emoticon
    1651 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    Sounds like a great plan! I need to organize what I have, which sounds like a good project for me to tackle. Have fun!
    1651 days ago
  • _LINDA
    I have no room for much clutter in my tiny apartment, so I am depending mostly on online workouts or in the summer, hitting the gym. Unfortunately at my Mom's, the internet is so poor I can't stream videos :-( In ten days hopefully it will change for the better as we change providers and get a faster speed. Its been very frustrating as I get so far behind in my e-mails as I am following people who regularly put out videos, blogs and podcasts that I can't always get to work.
    Enjoy your variety!
    1652 days ago
    I think your personal challenge is awesome!! What a great way to find some old and maybe forgotten DVD workouts and a way to keep everything fresh in the mix! I'm not able to commit to the challenge now as summer is here and most workouts are done in the pool! But, perhaps as fall rolls around I can go thru my old DVDs and give them all a new try! Great idea! Yay You!
    1652 days ago
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