Aug 16, 2007

Wake me up before you go go

I am one sleepy little runnergirl.


I have decided that today starts my fitness challenge. And with any good challenge, I will need boundaries. Rules. I have set this up in such a way to allow for fitness everyday, but that does not mean that it has to be a marathon workout. No pun intended.

The purpose of this personal challenge is to get into the habit of doing something physical each and every day. After the 1st month I will alter the rules and the new goal of the challenge will be a little more... well... challenging. So onto the rules.

Because I am an engineer, and I likes me some boundaries.

  1. I must dedicate no less than 15 minutes/1 mile if running a day to exercise.
  2. Cardio or Strength/Stretch will count toward fulfilling the requirement.
  3. Acceptable exercises for cardio are: running, jogging, walking, biking, swiming, fitness class (Kwando, etc.)
  4. Acceptable exercies for strength are: free weights, cable machines, stretch/abs, stability work, etc.
  5. Acceptble exercises that count for both cardio and strength: The FIRM DVDs.
  6. I shall log my workouts into Buckeye Outdoors so it will show up on the right-hand panel of this blog.

The logic behind the 15 minutes is that it is my fail-safe. I usually work out for 1.5-2 hours at a time. This includes strength training, stretching, ab work, and cardio (swimming usually). But when I see a huge workout ahead of me, I may feel compelled to not even start it. If I know that I can go out and do 1mile or even a quick 15 minute set of ab work, then I will be more apt to want to do it every day - and it can trigger me to stick with it and possibly even go longer because it feels good. Obviously, the 15 minute workouts will not be everyday, but they can help me develop the habits I want.

So those are my rules. And that is my challenge. :)

Tonight will be my 1 mile TT for training for the Freep. (TT = time trial)

Have a great day everyone!

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