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Old 02-28-2019, 08:31 AM   #1  
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Thumbs up March Exercise Challenge

Let's hop into March with extra energy for our exercise routines!

State your exercise goal and track it throughout the month with this supportive group of fellow exercisers. We'll compile our workout goals into a list. As each goal is met during the month, it gets turned RED in celebration.

This thread is for fitness and exercise goals. For other weight loss goals, be sure to see our sister thread: March Weight Loss Challenge
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Old 02-28-2019, 04:58 PM   #2  
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allright. I was wondering whether to come back in March, because I think i'll keep gym-ing it anyway, so not really needing to report on that for motivation, happily, but what I have decided to do is use this thread to get going on starting to practice my handstands, otherwise i'll just not quite get round to it.

My mission is to be able to balance on my hands, but don't know how long that will take to achieve. This month I will make a start on the process
I did a 1:1 tutorial last week and have got some exercises to practice, so in March I want to:
  • 5x wrist strengthening exercises per week
  • 3x handstand practice per week
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Old 03-01-2019, 11:49 AM   #3  
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I got up and got in dvd walking this morning with no problem, so think I will stick with challenging myself with lifting again in March. My March Goal is 240 mins. of lifting.

Thanks for keeping us going Joy.
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Old 03-01-2019, 01:31 PM   #4  
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Exercise goal for March: workout 3x a week for an hour minimum, plus snowboarding once a week (usually about 6 hours on the slopes). Total 840 minutes working out. Snowboarding is my happy place but I'm still taking it easy after my ACL tear, so I'm tracking those hours/minutes more for fun.
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Thanks for starting the new thread gardenerjoy!

February wasn't great for various reasons, inc. an incident with a flight of steps in the final week...
I think I want to do a different challenge this month, just because I'm tired of putting pressure on myself to walk and making it less enjoyable.

So, in March I would like to try and do 30 squats a day (930 for the month) as well as dancing every day (I don't want to put a minimum time on it, just make sure that I do something every day).

I'm interested in your wrist-strengthening exercises ange82much. Mine are very weak.
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Thanks, gardenerjoy for this thread.

I do workout regularly...and I get BORED at having to log it forevermore since it is BORINGly THE SAME. I lift for 45 minutes and then I cardio for 45 minutes and then I stretch for 10 minutes. I do that 3 x per week. DULL.

BUT, I kind of feel "spring" coming and I desperately WANT to be more mobile on the weekends - because I am stuck at my computer all the weekdays. So, I think I will grade myself for the activity that I choose on weekends.

(i) tomorrow (Sat, Mar 2), I am scheduled to do a 10 km hike somewhere. I believe it is a flat hike, although we are not allowed on the trail without "icers". Which I have. I will bring my snowshoes, but certainly won't manage a 10km snowshoe if that's how this goes. Anyway, sure, I'd like to do the whole 10 km, but if it sucks or I get cold, I am fine to turn around and call it a day. IT WILL BE MOVEMENT.

(ii) Sat, Mar 9, I am scheduled to do a hike that has "99 steps" in it. I do not think it is 10 km....but it will be >5 km. Again, have to bring icers and if I get cold or bored, I will turn around.

(iii) Sat, Mar 16 - I am travelling this week, will bring my workout clothes and likely aim to do some kind of cardio this Saturday.

...that's all I have scheduled so far, but it is MORE weekend exercise than I have managed all f*[email protected]#^ winter!!!
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I managed to jog for 20 minutes straight one time last month, but then I got sick and haven't even been walking much, let alone running, and I'm still coughing, so my lungs aren't up to running again yet. But I have started back up with my walks. So my goal for March is work my way back up to jogging 20 minutes straight. I'm going to start back in with just walking 30 minutes or more every day until my lungs are fully recovered and I stop coughing and then start walk/jogging 3x per week.

I'd also like to do at least 30 squats per day. Thanks Newlyn for that idea.

1: walked 35 minutes + 30 squats

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Old 03-02-2019, 10:11 AM   #8  
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March goal: 1100 minutes

1: 30 dance & stretch & ST, 5 stairs (14 flights); 35/1100
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newlyn - here's the link to the warm-up wrist exercises that my handstand tutor prepared
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Old 03-04-2019, 09:14 AM   #10  
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March goal: 1100 minutes

1: 30 dance & stretch & ST, 5 stairs (14 flights); 35/1100
2: 35 dance & stretch; 70/1100
3: 45 shovel snow, 15 dance & stretch; 130/1100
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My weekend did not turn out as planned....we were not permitted to go on the hike because we did not have "icers". So, instead, hubby and I walked 4 km around in the snowy landscape. Good enough to not feel like it was a 'failure'.

Here is where my week is at:

(i) Saturday: 4 km walk at a slightly brisk pace.
(ii) Sunday: nuthin'
(iii) Monday: 45 minutes weightlifting, 45 minutes cardio-step and 10 minutes stretching
(iv) Tuesday: nuthin'

....I do intend on repeating my Monday workout on each of Wed and Fri....

I am fine with working out 3 times per week. 4 is a bonus (and usually "4" will be a unstructured workout). 5- or 6- workouts per week is getting much harder to accomplish along with my work/family commitments.
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I've not really got in to my handstands practice yet, not sure why, but a very bad excuse is that there's nowhere obvious to do it, so I would have to go to the local park or something, which is completely do-able, I just haven't done it.

Been busy with normal gym routine though and am ramping up my trekking with regular Saturday full-days, so i'm doing plenty, just not the handstands. I'm working away next week though, so maybe the change in location and inability to get to the gym will get me going with them.... otherwise i'll commit to knuckling down to them when I get back
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3: 30 minutes exercise bike, 40 minutes strength training
4: 30 minutes treadmill walk with weights
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Welcome to our March exercise challenge!

ange82much: 5x wrist strengthening exercises & 3x handstand practice per week
Beeps2011: better weekend movement
gardenerjoy: 1100 min
Lacerta: walk 30 min & do 30 squats per day
Newlyn: 930 squats, dance every day
SnowMama: 3x one-hour workouts per week, plus snowboard once a week, 840 min for month
workinglikeadog: 240 min lifting
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Good grief, I FORGOT to weigh in at the gym this morning. After my workout. Sigh.

I was TIRED, I'll say that. I did not sleep that well last night (woke up 3 HOURS before my alarm went off!) and then I did 40 minutes of heavy lifting followed by 50 minutes of cardio and 10 minutes of stretching.
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