My Week in Exercise: Getting in Shape Just By Walking

Friday, March 09, 2018

My Week In Exercise #HappyandStrongerEveryDay

This week was not as strength-building as I planned mainly because I was distracted, I didn’t get enough sleep and social media work-and-fun time took over my free time. However, according to my log, I logged in an hour more than last week’s.
This week is about “doing what tickles your heart”.

Today as live-to-drive day at work which meant I spent 10 hours in New York. I was up before 5 in the morning to get ready for the day and by the time I got home I was exhausted. Good thing I had this challenge, otherwise, I would have skipped the scheduled 30-minute isometric contraction exercises that focused on instability stretch exercises which consisted of planks, leg extension, and isometric yoga poses.

Another early day. I would have loved to sleep through the day but my son and I attended the 7:30 AM church services.
It was another chilly afternoon so Honey and I bundled up and did your regular zenwalk to Starbucks and back. As usual, we logged in 2.3 miles and 44 minutes of outdoor walking.
I wanted to learn how to do a hand stand so Honey showed me how he used to train gymnasts. Boy, it was tough! I was only able to be upside down for 15 seconds, although it felt like an hour.

In order for my body to get reacclimated with working out and training for the half marathon, I was determined to do 30 minutes of P90x3 : Dynamix workout. This routine was all about opening up my muscles and connective tissues to help increase my balance and flexibility. This routine included variations of leg lifts, adductor and glute lifts, planks, stretch, pigeon, lunges, spinal twist, and fifer scissors.

And since last month was spent on the couch fighting and recovering from the flu, Honey and I didn’t mind that it was windy and 40 degrees out. We bundled up and walked 2.5 miles for 1 hour.

Do ever do things that scare you? I was asked to emcee an event that honor the volunteers who help children in the Philippines and Jamaica who suffer from severe spinal deformity because of scoliosis. I do a lot of public speaking but it still gives me pause but I do it because it’s for a great cause.

So similar to exercise, practice and repetition are ways to be good at something. So today I practiced the entire morning until it was time to take the train to New York. The venue is a little over a mile from Penn Station.

My exercise for today was my run from and to the event, which totaled to 2.25 miles in 25 minutes! Not bad considering I was wearing a dress, bundled up in a winter coat and, and was ballet flat shoes and leg warmers.

Another snow storm hit the New York area and since I had an exhausting day, today was rest day. I stretched for 30 minutes.

Yesterday’s snow storm started late and we got plenty of wet snow, branches knocked down a few power lines, and unfortunately for others, damaged a few houses.

Honey and I bundled up in the 37-degree weather and walked to Starbucks and back.
Later that day, we walked around the park behind us and played briefly by the swing set.
Can you believe we walked about 4 miles today?

I ate badly the night before so I felt really bloated. To pacify my guilt, I decided to try one of SELF magazine’s Abs Workout. Oh boy, definitely not for beginners! (Check my Instagram post)

A lot of paperwork to do but Honey and I always squeeze in a walk to Starbucks. So that’s 2 miles right there, and 40 minutes outdoors walking!
Before dinner, I squeezed in a 30-minute yoga.

I guess this is working! Sharing my fitness journey motivates me to “show up” and do something that will help me get healthy and stronger everyday.

Have a great week everyone!

Indoors: 2hrs 30mins
Classes: zero
Outdoors: 4hrs 15mins
TOTAL: 6hrs 45mins

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