Get Up and Move Challenge- August Update

How have you all been doing on the Get Up and Move Challenge?

Are you hanging in there?

Have you tried anything new you care to share?

Do you wonder why 30 minutes now seems so minimal but back in January 30 minutes of movement seemed like forever?

I hear you if that is the case. I will forever remember when I first started exercising(years ago) and I started with a walk around a one mile block near our home. I was exhausted, like drop dead done!!! I just think back to then and smile now. What was I thinking, doing that to my body. Giving it no activity for so many years and then thinking it could actually walk one mile. And now I expect so much more of this body. And yes, I will admit, sometimes I expect too much and pay the price.

Let’s see what I have all done this month to move for 30 minutes. First of all, I rarely just move for 30 minutes. Exercise is a release for me and 30 minutes is never really enough.

Anyhow, I have done my daily afternoon workouts as always Monday-Friday. This involves a thirty minute stationary bike ride and weights. I also walk Monday-Friday every morning with my daycare kiddos for one mile if the weather allows. Granted, this is at a toddlers pace, but its still a mile. Typically, two nights a week we attend the gym. This is 30-50 minutes of cardio and an hour of weight lifting. We walk together at least two nights a week for three miles. And one night a week we have been playing disc golf, so basically more walking.

Then when we get to our weekends, that is when it could get somewhat crazy. We have paddled for a few hours down some rivers in our kayaks this month.

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I have paddled for a few hours on my stand up paddle board.

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And we have hiked some great trails with steep elevation to add to our calorie burn.

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We have attempted to start geocaching again but the bugs are still so bad that we hope to return to that in the near future.

I can say I am pretty happy with all the activity I have achieved this month. I confess, I have been nursing a sore knee since our vacation but at this point I am hoping it’s just old age. I am quite stubborn about taking it easy when it comes to pain and I really do try to listen to what my body tells me. It’s just that my brain sometimes over rides that body and tells me I can do it and that is when I pay the price. So for now, I plan to take it easy on that knee for a bit and maybe just stick to walking for a week or two. We’ll see how that goes….

I would like to leave you all with a reminder that exercise does not have to be time in a gym that you dread day in and day out for a certain amount of time. Now is the best time to get outside and try something new. If you are a parent, don’t use your kids as an excuse not to exercise. No matter what age they are, there are ways to be active with them. Strollers, wagons, bikes, balls, walking, playground workouts while your kids play, backyard games, basketball at a local park…..I could go on forever. In all honesty, it probably would not hurt your children to be a little more active also. If you are older, start with something small and find something you enjoy. A walk with a neighbor, walk a pet, bike ride, kayak rentals, join a walking club near your home, buy yourself a set of hand weights for your home…..and so on. Anything is possible. Just put your mind to it and do it. You will not regret it.

Tell me what you have done this summer.

Anything fun and exciting?

If you took on this challenge, tell me what you have noticed. Do you feel better? Do you have more energy?

 

 

 

Travel and Exercise/ Get Up and Move Update

Whether you travel for business or pleasure, getting in your daily workout is possible regardless of where you will be or what you will be staying in.

Granted, hotels are probably the easiest place to get in a workout since many of them offer a workout room/area, but what do you do if you are not in a hotel with this option? Here are some helpful ideas that you could consider.

Depending on where you are located when you travel many cities have gyms that will offer a daily drop in fee for travelers. It does not hurt to ask.

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You could also consider rentals, such as in Door County,WI there are numerous places to rent bikes and kayaks for a reasonable price.

When my husband travels for business, he will often save room for his yoga mat and throw in a dvd to practice yoga in his room before breakfast. It does not take up a lot of room and really could even be done without a mat if you wish. I found yoga very helpful when we traveled to Utah and did this every morning before meeting for the day to start hiking with our group.

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You could get in your strength training also without even leaving your room. Purchasing a set of resistance bands is perfect to throw into your luggage. Compact, light weight and easy to use.

If you have access to a car while traveling, finding a local high school may offer a track to run on. You could also find a nature trail to run on if you prefer running with a view. And if nothing else is possible, just take a walk near your hotel. You can walk just about anywhere.

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When we travel, I am someone that really needs to be able to get some kind of true exercise in no matter what. It truly just makes me a happier person. So, I will normally research the area we will be visiting and see what there is to offer.  I can normally have my workout done before my boys are even up and ready to go, so it never interferes with our plans of the day.

Don’t let travel be an excuse not to get in a good workout.

And now for my first update of the GET UP AND MOVE CHALLENGE:

(for this first update I am going to start on Monday Dec. 30 simply because it will be easier to post weekly updates for me every Monday)

Monday 12/30: 45 minutes cardio, 30 minutes strength training, 15 minutes abs

Tuesday 12/31: 15 minutes abs and strength training, 1 mile walk

Wednesday 1/1: 30 minutes arc trainer, 15 minute treadmill, 30 minute strength training(all at the gym)

Thursday 1/2: 25 minutes recumbent bike, 10 minutes strength training, 3 mile walk

Friday 1/3: off

Saturday1/4: 30 minutes cardio and 30 minutes upper body strength training (all at the gym)

Sunday 1/5: 20 minutes cardio on the arc trainer and 15 minute walk on the treadmill (all at the gym)

I was pretty proud of myself Sunday. I laid on the heating pad for most of the morning and finally forced myself to just get up and go to the gym. I have been nursing a sore back for three days, and Sunday  was the worse day. I did not feel worse after exercise but no better either. Although,I was happy I made myself go to the gym. No one said everyday was going to be great, but I did it and I was happy I did.

How did you all do on your GET UP AND MOVE goal?