Round One - Done!
Wow, I can't believe I've made it through a whole round of challenges! The six categories are 1) Fitness, 2) Household, 3) Mental Health/Spiritual, 4) Dietary, 5) Something Creative and 6) Social.
Back to the beginning with fitness!
New Challenge: Exercise Every Day
My last fitness challenge was to do some simple exercises every day. I did okay, but not great, and I certainly didn't keep it up all week. How many times have I started an exercise program, only to drop it after a short while? Many, many, many times.
I'd feel bad about this but, hey, at least I'm starting something!
My goal this time is to do 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every day. I'll map my runs and walks with Run Keeper and share the results here. :)
I'm running the Rock 'n' Roll half-marathon on Sunday, October 19, which also happens to be my 42nd birthday! Hard to believe I've been around that long, but what are you gonna do?
You're gonna run, because it makes you feel younger! Well, at least it does after the first month or so. The first month makes me feel like I'm 80.
I started running this time back in March. I'm not in good enough shape to run every day leading up to a half-marathon, so my exercise will be a mix of running and walking. On average, I probably exercise three to four times a week, so going up to seven is a big jump.
I had one week last summer where I got seven days in and it wasn't easy. My irregular work schedule is my biggest hurdle. That's compounded by the shorter days of autumn. I'm not entirely comfortable exercising outdoors after dark, even with the dog.
A treadmill at the gym is another option. Our health insurance includes free membership at a bunch of gyms. None of them are super close to my house, but that's an option. A last resort, actually. Running on a treadmill is, by far, my least favorite way to run.
Update on Dave's Challenges
My friend Dave, who's doing the monthly challenges, is running a LOT on a treadmill. His challenge for October is to exercise 5 days a week, so he's going to the gym on his lunch break or after work and running a couple miles. I don't know how he can stand it, but I guess since he hasn't done a lot of running outdoors, he doesn't realize how much the treadmill sucks.
Dave was unable to complete his September challenge (the same exercise I did in Week One) because of a displaced rib problem that caused him pain and needed rest to heal. He's better now and more determined than ever to complete this challenge.
I hope you'll join me in the challenge this week! It might sound like a lot, and depending on your schedule it can be, but I hope it will be rewarding. When I did it this summer, I learned that I can always do more than I think I can, no matter how tired I am. And I was also reminded that any exercise is better than no exercise, even if it's just a slow walk with the dog. I'm setting my minimum at 30 minutes this time, because I think I can manage that without it killing me.
Today's not looking so great, with rainy weather and a tornado watch until this evening. I'm okay with running in the rain (I did eight rainy miles with my friend Sam yesterday morning), but I don't like to be out if there is lightning or any chance of a tornado. Wish me luck!
Week Seven: Fitness - Exercise Every Day