I haven’t talked about fitness in a while. Laaaame, since it’s something I spend a LOT of time doing. Here’s what I’ve been doing lately to keep myself occupied and burning calories.
Running.After I gave my foot plenty of time (two whole weeks!) to heal, it was time to hit the pavement again. Sometimes the weather is amazing, and sometimes it’s slightly less than optimal, but I’ve been keeping up with a three-day a week running schedule. I’ve been doing as little as 1.86 miles and as much as 2.62! I’m really trying not to increase my mileage too quickly in order to avoid injury. To up my endurance without the distance, I’ve been running hills, intervals and increasing my pace as much as I can stomach. I love running with Dan, though I’ve been solo a couple of times, and when he DOES run with me, he has to wear his weighted vest in order to compensate for my pace and distance. He’s training for the Tough Mudder, so I don’t blame him!
Weights. I’ve been trying to get in a twice-weekly dose of strength training. I feel a bit stuck in my routine on these days, but I still usually get a bit sore and stiff the day after I’m done, so I guess it’s still doing it’s job? I hit the rounds with:
– assisted pull-ups – I’ve worked myself up to 3 sets of 10 using 40 pounds of my body weight. Some days are better than others, but I’d really like to get to the point where I can do a pull-up ON MY OWN.
-assisted tricep dips – see above, please.
-lat pull downs: 3 sets of 10, 40 pounds
-seated row (I’ve noticed recently that a LOT of the time … people are using the bench on this machine for something OTHER than its intended use. Resting, ab work…it’s a bench for ROWING, people!) I do 3 sets of 15 at 80 pounds.
-leg press (the one where you lay down): 3 sets of 10, 100 pounds.
-squats, both on and off the Bosu, 15 pound weights in hand. Ditto with the lunges.
-push-ups: another goal of mine. Right now, I can do about five regular push-ups before I break down and do girly push-ups. I’d like to up that regular number.
-abwork: planks (I’m up to 1:15!), side planks, mountain climbers on the stability ball, crunches, etc.
Sometimes there are some other additions, but that’s the basic gist. I’m on the lookout for some new exercises though.
Alternate Cardio. Arc Trainer and Stair Stepper. The Arc Trainer is the new elliptical for me. The stairs still kill me, but I could go on the Arc Trainer for a loooooong time. New goal? Stair conquering! I take them every day at work too (every little bit helps, right?) and always end up winded by the top of three flights, which makes me feel extra pathetic.
Tennis. The weather is (sometimes) warmer these days, and that means it’s the perfect time to get out and hit the ball around with my all-time favorite husband.
Yoga. I got my new Rodney Yee DVD and I am JONESING to use it. There just aren’t enough days in the week for my favorite fitnesses!
The odd thing is that out of all the above, guess which burns the most calories? TENNIS! It’s the most fun, so I’m not complaining, but I guess all the stopping, starting, sprinting, chasing down Penny when she steals our ball … really adds up! I’ve had recent 1 hour matches burn up to 500 calories. Amazing.
What have YOU been doing to stay on your toes lately?