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Sunday, September 18, 2016

I have a rowing machine in my office. I go in spurts as to how often I use it. But this year has been pretty difficult, so haven't taken the time to row my way to a strong healthy body.

Today I changed that. The change is completely due to the article about 10 minutes a day. I joined that team, thinking "Heck! I can do 10 minutes standing on my head."

Maybe so, but I sure got a lesson from the rowing machine today.

I started rowing right along, got to 100 pulls, and checked the time to see how long I had been rowing. I was sure it must have been at least 15 minutes.

Nope! I only rowed for 4 minutes! Here I am, all sweaty and breathing harder, and only ten measley minutes have passed??!!

Okay, so I keep going and counting. 200 pulls gave me 8 minutes. At least my timing is consistent.

I finish out the last 2 minutes, totally amazed as to how far out of shape I am in!

I well remember when I would do 30 minutes minimum at a time, feeling uplifted with every pull.

10 minutes lasted a LIFETIME! It seemed like I was never going to reach that amount of workout on the rower, but I persevered and met it.

It didn't take any time at all for me to realize how much out of shape I am in once again. Just walking and doing aerobics is not enough for my body. I have to work it HARD for the desired results.

I can feel each and every muscle worked today. They are all saying "You forgot we were even HERE, didn't you!" My only honest answer can be "Yep. I was ignoring the really hard workouts, lulling myself into staying on easy street".

No wonder I was on a plateau for so long!

today taught me a lesson. That lesson is "I HAVE TO WORK ALL OF MY BODY TO GET RESULTS I WANT AND NEED."

So I will continue to do 10 minutes on the rower, plus my other workouts, for this one week. Then I will remeasure my body, get on the scale, and note the difference a ten minute row a day is working.

I can find 10 minutes a day. I can MAKE 10 minutes a day for the rowing and for myself.

While I am hurting a bit today, I feel more energized and positive.

Hard sweaty workouts are SO good for me!!
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    Love your lesson! Great reminder to exercise all the body!!
    886 days ago
    Good luck Sandy!
    939 days ago
    You've got this! 10 minutes per day. Give it 2 weeks and that 10 minutes will feel like nothing again.

    It's a good feeling though. What I like about the rower is the great stretch across my upper back that it gives me. Finish out the 10 minutes, still hang on to the pull bar and let it kind of pull your arms forward and stretch you through your shoulders and traps.
    945 days ago
    Great workout!
    945 days ago
  • BERRY4
    Sorry... for me, I feel the rowing machine is the most BORING machine/cardio item invented on planet earth. If I accomplish 10-15 min, I feel I've done an amazing job! -- Needless to say, I have to be desperate to work my back, or simply want a change to touch that machine. I would say I use it way less than a dozen times in any given year.

    So, hats off to you for bothering. Invigorating? Not for me!
    945 days ago
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