Blond Duck: I’m curious–what’s your workout routine?
Let me begin by saying that I don’t need to lose weight, maintain weight lost, or gain weight and I’m not training for anything (a race or sport, etc). So what I have to write about fitness has nothing to do with any of those things. So in my case, I work toward fitness because I want to care for this body I’ve been given. I want to be healthy and strong.
I haven’t always thought the way I do now. Just a year ago I was still spending an hour at the gym 3 days a week (mostly treadmill and weight lifting) on top of doing 2 fitness videos at home every day and walking 2 nights a week. But after we bought the house, we had to renovate it before we could move in which meant that it consumed every waking moment so I had no more gym time. But I realized that 8 hours spent painting in the 90 degree weather was WAY more of a workout than I was getting at the gym. That’s when it hit me: When I was a kid, I didn’t go to the gym to be fit, my life just included more activity.
So while I can’t walk everywhere, I can park far away at the grocery store and spend an extra minute walking. I can walk more briskly to pump up the heart rate. I can take the stairs instead of the elevator. I can put a little more OOMPH into kneading dough for homemade bread. And more than anything, I can PLAY!
You guys, I believe in playing for fitness. Hula hooping, hopscotch, skipping, jump rope, volley ball and on and on. And you better believe that when I clean, the music is on and I’m dancing.
Now, with all that said, I do like for my tummy to be flat and my arms to be toned. So if I feel like whatever play I’ve done that day hasn’t exercised my abs or arms then I’m likely to do my sit ups, plank, triceps strengthener and wall push ups. BUT all of that takes a total of maybe 10 minutes so we aren’t talking about a hardcore work out here. I want to ENJOY every moment of fitness, not suffer through it. I know, I know, I’m like the poster-child for things you shouldn’t say regarding working out, haha! But playing is just so much fun!
Also, if I have a goal to work toward then I find a way to work out specific to my goal. For example, last year Christopher and I decided to run our first 5k. I hadn’t run since freshman year of college, haha! So it took some readjusting, but for a couple of months leading up to the race, I ran a couple of miles every other day. It was a fun experience and the important thing to us was that we FINISHED!
After our first 5k! Melissa is on the right and her mom, Penny is on the left.
In the cold months, I do actually work out a lot more than the rest of the year. 2 reasons: 1. It’s cold so I eat lots of comfort foods which means it’s easy to pack on a few pounds. And 2. It’s so cold that I have fewer opportunities to play (unless it’s snowing). So right now, I’m still on my winter routine of rotating a couple of exercise DVDs (Jillian’s 30 Day Shred, Tank Top Arms, Bikini Belly, Boy Shorts Bottom, and Miracle Mile Walk) OR some treadmill with an arms/belly/legs routine. However, the more time I’ve been getting to spend outside, the more running around the backyard playing with Oreo there has been. So as the weather warms up, I expect to be playing more and working out less.
Year round, I have the wonderful opportunity to have a ‘walking ministry’ of sorts. It used to be every Monday and Thursday but now it’s moved to only Mondays since the gym is closed on Thursdays. Basically, it’s just a couple of ladies (usually 3 or 4 sometimes up to 7) who get together and walk the track while we catch up on life. So again, not a ‘hardcore’ workout, but the important thing is that I’m always moving and having fun while I do it!
My ultimate favorite workout is always dancing. I love it. I dance all the time. Seriously. And sing. All-the-time. Haha! I absolutely love love love it! I have TONS of photos of me dancing, here are a few: