Hey everyone and Happy Thursday! I am back and today I am bringing you a fitness related blog post. I am writing about this topic today because a few weeks ago I found myself out of breath after climbing the stairs at my job. This is when I realized that I have been sitting on my behind for far too long. With that said, a couple of days later I was scrolling through my Instagram feed as usual and every other ten pictures was of a woman working out whether it was in the gym or just doing some type of exercise outdoors.
I’m going to be honest when I say that I have absolutely no good reason at all as to why I was not doing any form of exercise. In fact it’s actually embarrassing in the sense that I don’t have a single legitimate excuse. At that moment, I decided that I was not going to sit on my butt anymore. I quickly changed into my workout clothes (didn’t want to give myself any time to change my mind), grabbed my Polar activity watch and heart monitor and went outside.
I started off with one mile on my treadmill (intervals between walking and jogging), 10 minutes of jump rope, kettlebell swings, squats and a few lunges. After a total of 30 minutes, my legs felt like jello. After I was done, I will admit that I was very proud of myself. I knew that I was going to be sore for the next couple of days and that too much time had passed and I needed to get back on my grind. I decided that I wanted to commit to doing some type of workout at least three times a week.
There’s a gym that is opening a new location near my home. I went to their other nearby location and was informed that I am eligible for a corporate discount because of my job. The unlimited membership is awesome because I would get access to the gym, yoga, spin class and more for only $15 a month. Guess who signed up on the spot? The other bonus is that my son can finally go to the gym with me because he has been anxiously waiting until he was old enough. It was a win win for the both of us! Until the newest location opens up in what I hope to be only a few more months, we can go to the other location.
The first thing I said after I joined the gym was that I have to try the stairmaster. I have heard that not only is a great cardio workout, it’s amazing for your glutes and hamstrings too. A couple of women that I follow on Instagram are always posting pictures or videos of themselves on the stairmaster. Of course they make it look so easy right? It’s no big deal, they’re just climbing twenty plus flights of stairs for almost an hour. WRONG! Let me just tell you all that it is not as easy as it looks. It’s all an illusion my friends and to say that it is a major workout and definitely takes some getting used to would be an understatement.
After about five minutes, I was out of breath. The first thought that went through my mind was how in the world do these women survive even ten minutes of this? Can you say reality check? I asked one of the girls that works at the gym to show me how to use the machine to make sure that I was even doing it right. The sad truth is that I was using it correctly and that is exactly how you’re supposed to feel. Now it’s up to me to figure out what speed works best and just keep moving. Check in with me next month and ask me how I’m doing with that stairmaster!
As I mentioned above, my goal is to work out three times a week and I am going to hold myself accountable to that. I created a separate section in my planner to keep track and I also started wearing my Fitbit again as I have joined a walking health challenge at work with a couple of my coworkers. The weather is starting to warm up so I will be taking advantage of that and walking during my lunch breaks. If you have a Fitbit, I’d love to follow you there so send me an invite to firstname.lastname@example.org!
As of today, I have decided to incorporate more fitness related posts on my blog and my Instagram. I hope that that those of you who are also on the path of living a healthier life will enjoy my posts and pictures. At some point, we all need an extra push, a little more motivation to help keep us moving. Let’s support and motivate each other!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you all have enjoyed reading this post. Since I started working out again, I have been feeling much better and I totally regret that it has taken me seven months to get motivated and start moving but I’m back at it. I hope that some of you will find this post motivating and please feel free to share it with your friends and family. As always, I love to hear from you so let me know your responses to the following questions in the comments below:
What motivates you to want to live healthier?
How many times a week do you fit in some type of exercise?
What does your typical workout routine consist of?
Do you have any favorite workouts that you prefer?
For laughs, what is your least favorite exercise?
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