As much as I love fitness and as long as I have been working out, I am no expert at all things exercise. I don’t know the name of every move, I am not a natural born runner, and I don’t work out 6 or 7 days a week. This is a hard thing to admit, especially in the healthy living world, but I want to be honest with my readers and let you know the point I am at right now.
Exhibit A. Paula Radcliffe is an amazing marathon runner! She is such an inspiration, but this is not the kind of athlete I am, and THAT’s OKAY! (source)
This is more my speed! lol Does anyone else feel like you can really relate to this picture? Or just me?! Ha Ha (Source)
The truth is though, I want to learn more and I want to become an ‘expert,’ so to speak. I absolutely love reading and learning about exercise of all kinds. With that being said though, I have been stuck for way too long in the same boring routine. I used to work out all the time in college and enjoyed attending a variety of exercise classes that were offered to students. I also loved having all the time in the world to get my work out done whenever I would like. If I missed the morning, I would go in the afternoon. Or if I couldn’t go at night, I could get to the gym in between classes. I also ran the The Nationwide Half Marathon in Columbus May 2010, so having all that extra time in college made it a lot easier to train. Going on a long run was no issue, because I knew I had all day to do whatever!
Sigh, those were the days when I didn’t have to work all day, clean my house, cook my dinner, or even do my dishes in the evening, (loved those campus cafeterias)! Now that I work during the week though, have a family and house to take care of, and no longer have the amazing RPAC beckoning me to the gym, it’s a lot harder for me to find motivation. (FYI – I am not looking for any pity whatsoever, and I know people have it a lot harder than I do!! I am just being honest about what I have been feeling and what I have been going through!)
I am supposed to be getting a gym membership fairly soon, thanks to a free offer from our health insurance. However, we are just waiting for all the I’s to be dotted, and T’s to be crossed until we receive our passes. If you remember from a previous post, before I was married I used to work out in my parent’s basement before work on their treadmill. However, during that time I didn’t really push myself as hard as I could have. I would run without as many sprints, hills, and length as I know I could have. Without anyone else watching me, it was harder to work harder!
Another issue I have? I do not want to become exercise obsessed, which is something I have definitely battled in the past! I want to push myself, without pushing myself over the edge, if that makes sense? I want to enjoy every moment I am exercising and I don’t want to overdo the amount. I truly believe that I am in a great place right now, both emotionally and physically, and know I can handle a little more of a challenge. The end of high school and early years of college were really rough for me. I worked out to strictly burn calories and to block out the problems I was facing in my personal life. However, this time around I want to work out hard and prove to myself how strong I am as a person! I also want to have fun, learn a lot, and relieve a little stress that comes along with life!
I am also extremely excited to announce that I have been chosen to be a…
Fitfluential Ambassador, which is both an honor and a privilege that I take very seriously! Knowing I have a platform like this opportunity makes me want to better myself and learn more about fitness so I can convey to my readers a sense of knowledge and excitement about exercise. I am ready to take my work outs to the next level!
At this time, with no gym membership, my resources are a little more limited than I may like. I don’t have the fancy weight machines, or fun group classes, so I know I will need to be creative and use what I do have to accomplish some awesome at-home workouts! I am not looking to lose weight per se, but I am wanting to tone up and get stronger!! I want to see what my body can do, and I want to prove to myself that my mind is strong enough to handle anything!
So here’s the deal…
1) I am going to use the equipment and materials I have to experiment with some fun, new and resourceful exercises! I know I have:
- My running shoes and the ability to pound some pavement!
- The elliptical I received for Christmas.
- My Garmin Forerunner 305.
- Exercise ball.
- 5 pound hand weights.
- Yoga mat.
- The internet for articles, Pinterest (follow me!!), and all of the Healthy Living Blogs I read every day!
- Exercise Magazines.
- My own imagination!
- Exercise iPhone Apps.
- Hmm.. am I forgetting anything?
As you can see, this should be more than enough to get me started! I hope to start trying a bunch of different exercises that I have found, and then eventually weaning myself off of those and start creating my own as well!
2) Cardio: My goal is to run 1-2 times a week. I hope to make one of these a fast 1-2 miler, and the other a longer 3-5 miles (which I will build up to.) At this time, I haven’t ran 5 miles since The Turkey Trot my family runs every year on Thanksgiving. I have only been doing short runs recently, for example I ran 2.25 miles Sunday, but that was my longest run of the week. I had mono twice during college and in response developed chronic fatigue syndrom. It is something I battle every day, and a huge reason why I don’t run near as much as I used to. The good news is that I can always tell when I am starting to feel worn down, so it is during those times I will skip the cardio and go for rest instead.
3) In the mornings, using the elliptical in our house is perfect for those cold, dark, and windy winter mornings! I want to use the elliptical 3-4 times a week. My long duration elliptical workouts will be 2 days a week, and the other 2 will be short 10-15 minute warm ups before my strength training.
4) I hope to experiment with all sorts of exercises! Yoga, Crossfit, Pure Barre (My good friend teaches!), Pilates (I bought a Groupon for 10 Pilates sessions, so I can’t wait to get started on those!), etc. Anything to mix it up!
5) I hope to share my experience and progress with all of you! I want to keep track so I can see the changes I am going through. I will also keep you updated on how I am feeling, both physically and emotionally!
The above rules are just my guidelines! If I do not accomplish one, two, or any of my goals during a week, I will pick myself right back up again and start over the next week! No worries! I want this to be fun and I want this to be something I look forward to, not that I dread!!
Have you ever realized you need an exercise change? Have you ever felt like you can give more to your exercises and fitness?
How do you find that balance between exercising and working out hard, without falling into the obsession trap?