January Exercise Challenge

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  • Good morning all, happy new year!

    Goal 1550 minutes and 12 sessions other than cardio


    1/1-117 117/1550 5.15 mile hike w/DH and little dog feeling it
    1/2-off 117/1550 (+17)
    1/3-60 ex. Bike 13.7 miles 177/1550 (+27)


    Average 50 minutes per day, 3 sessions per week, strength, flexibility, etc.
  • Going to turn myself into a runner
    For what feels like forever, I have been wanting to be a runner. What sucks is that I have to start from scratch. I just feel embarrassed running for only one minute, and I feel really frustrated when people give me advice about running… especially because these advice givers don't put their sneakers on! So I'm going to couch 2 5K starting at the gym, walking at 4 and running at 6. Once I get done with the program, I can then run 30 minutes straight, and then I will feel comfortable enough to run outside! Also, I want to warm-up beforehand and stretch beforehand, so my routine will look like this:

    Warm-up with 5 minutes on the treadmill
    25 jumping jacks (pull your shoulder blades back and fully extend arms)
    5 lunges (each leg)
    5 squats
    5 pelvis rotations (one way, then the other)
    5 side slides each side (stand, then slide hand down one side, then the other)
    10 forward leg swings (each leg)
    10 side leg swings (each leg)
    10 push ups
    then whatever the couch 25k man tells me to do on the treadmill
    and finally 9 sun salutations on each side as the cool down
    plus calf, hamstring, and lower back
    hold each stretch 30 seconds

    I'm not crazy about stretching at the gym, especially because I feel so "present" when I stretch. Like I can't just concentrate on my podcast when I stretch and disappear. But it's important and my body will thank me big time later.

    Every other day, I'm going to yoga and Thursdays are my day off.

    The biggest trouble I have is when to do it. It's difficult because I only get so much precious time with my boyfriend, and I love our coffee morning cuddle time. But I think that's just an excuse. The truth is, I just don't want to get my arse out of my bed. So I'll set my alarm early, get my sneakers on, and move it out the door. I can cuddle when I get back.

    As far as diet goes, I am having trouble. I eat about 1300 calories, and I love fruit, especially bananas! But somehow I got it in my head that sugar is bad, including my beloved bananas. I fail every time I go on a restrictive diet that cuts out fruit. Don't get me wrong, I DEF need to stop eating all the stupid chocolates that seem to just be in my face every time I turn around, but honestly this whole sugar detox thing just makes me depressed and I wish I never heard of it. Every time I eat even one banana I feel the same guilt as having a pound of sugar in my coffee, and that leads to depression, which leads to me on the couch, wishing I could be "good enough" to go to the gym. So my challenge for this year is STOP THE MADNESS. When I get back from my run, I'm going to eat my bananas and love them. I'm also going to eat blueberries. And apples. And peanut butter. So there! (Wow, that actually felt better than I thought. I feel so relieved. Cutting out fruit was actually bothering me more than I thought!)
  • StellaJervis: Couch to 5K (C25k) is an excellent way to start running -- I've seen lots of people succeed with that. Bananas sound like a great part of your post-workout breakfast!

    We're 1/10th of the way through the month and I'm 1/10th of the way to my exercise goal -- yay!

    Goal 1200 min, 8ST

    1: 40 walk; 40/1200
    2: 30 dance / stretch / ST; 70/1200 1/8ST
    3: 45 walk, 5 stretch; 120/1200
  • 660 mins of exercise Minimum!
    1/2: 45/45 total
    1/4: 30/75
    1/5: 30/105
    1/6: 30/135
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    Lets do this!
  • Quote: StellaJervis:We're 1/10th of the way through the month and I'm 1/10th of the way to my exercise goal -- yay
    Me too, YAH!
  • Well… today was super weird. I made it all the way to the gym, but halfway through my warmup, I got really nauseas. I guess I was dehydrated. And I'm also in worse shape than I thought. I'm so embarrassed. Tomorrow I'll have a re-do of Day 1 on my couch25k, but no warm-ups or anything, just do it straight and then stretch really well afterwards. Man, beginning something is so difficult. But if I keep at it, in just ten short weeks I'll be able to run a 5k. The 10 weeks are going to by anyway, I might as well do it with my sneakers on. I just hope I don't feel pukey tomorrow… that was really awful.
  • I will eventually be starting Couch25K this month so my goals may change, but for now I'm going with 350 minutes of gym time.
  • I'll make a goal list later today -- there's time for more exercisers to join and be on our initial list!

    Goal 1200 min, 8ST

    1: 40 walk; 40/1200
    2: 30 dance / stretch / ST; 70/1200 1/8ST
    3: 45 walk, 5 stretch; 120/1200
    4: 25 walk, 15 dance; 160/1200
  • Goal 1550 minutes and 12 sessions other than cardio


    1/1-117 117/1550 5.15 mile hike w/DH and little dog feeling it
    1/2-off 117/1550 (+17)
    1/3-60 ex. Bike 13.7 miles 177/1550 (+27)
    1/4-65 2.69 mile walk 242/1550 (+42)
    1/5-35 min walk 25 min yoga and abs 302/1550 (+52) 1/12 sessions

    best to all

    Average 50 minutes per day, 3 sessions per week, strength, flexibility, etc.
  • Goal: 350 minutes gym time

    1/5: 30 min cardio, 30/350
  • Welcome, everyone! We're off to a great start for a fit New Year!

    kelijpa: 1550 min, 12 sessions other than cardio
    soon2beskinnyCarma: per week: walk 5x, yoga 1x, weightlift 2x + plank challenge
    Mossy: alternate days of hiking and swimming/pool weights
    gardenerjoy: 1200 min, 8ST
    Big_Fat_Rooster: track physical work
    workinglikeadog: 660 min
    Mountain_Mamma: 700 min cardio, 240 min weights, 60 min other
    atmos: 840 min dance, 200 min crosstraining
    Dreamer2012: gym programme x15
    StellaJervis: start c25k
    nonameslob: 350 min gym time
  • Goal 1200 min, 8ST

    1: 40 walk; 40/1200
    2: 30 dance / stretch / ST; 70/1200 1/8ST
    3: 45 walk, 5 stretch; 120/1200
    4: 25 walk, 15 dance; 160/1200
    5: 30 walk 10 dance & stretch; 200/1200
  • Goal 1550 minutes and 12 sessions other than cardio


    1/1-117 117/1550 5.15 mile hike w/DH and little dog feeling it
    1/2-off 117/1550 (+17)
    1/3-60 ex. Bike 13.7 miles 177/1550 (+27)
    1/4-65 2.69 mile walk 242/1550 (+42)
    1/5-35 min walk 25 min yoga and abs 302/1550 (+52) 1/12 sessions
    1/6-25 min yoga and abs 40 min 9.2 miles ex. bike 367/1500 (+67)

    best to all

    Average 50 minutes per day, 3 sessions per week, strength, flexibility, etc.
  • Goal: 350 minutes gym time

    1/5: 30 min cardio, 30/350
    1/6: 40 min cardio and strength, 70/350
  • 1/1: 34 minutes walking/2miles. 1 set of 12 reps for 11 weight exercises. 30 sec plank
    1/2 30 min walking 50 second plank
    1/3 no exercise
    1/4 52 minutes walking, yoga stretching
    1/5 30 minutes walking & yoga class
    1/6 23 minute am walk 30 minute pm walk