Active Lifestyle+Age=Aches and Pains

You can eat right, exercise, and drink all the water you want but sometimes your body just says….ENOUGH! If you’ve been noticing on these weekly posts regarding what I have done for workouts each week I have been adding a lot more stretching to try an alleviate some aches and pains I have been having. Well, it’s not working and I came to the conclusion that maybe I just need to give my joints a break. More precisely, I need to give my knees and ankles a break. Yes, I know they have never been strong especially my ankles, but recently I have had a sore knee. It plagues me most when going up steps and seems very weak and unstable. So before I do real damage, which hopefully I have not already done, I made a deal that I would take it easy for a week and see what happens. I made this deal with myself Monday evening after my 3 mile walk when I was miserable after I finally arrived home. So here is a look at my easy exercise week….which was not so easy mentally but needed.

Sunday: 3 mile trail hike

Monday: home: 1 mile walk with my kiddos, full body weight workout and 3 mile evening walk

Tuesday: rest

Wednesday: upper body weights in laying/sitting position and rowing

Thursday: upper body weights and rowing+ 1.5 mile slow walk on level ground since my knee seemed to be feeling better today I thought I would give a slow walk a try. No pain during or after so I am hoping that it’s on the mend

Friday: rest

Saturday: gym: 30 minute elliptical

Not a week I was hoping for but it is what it is. I am trying to learn to listen to my body but at the same time I also know moving helps my body feel better. So it’s a double edge sword at times. In my heart I know walking on pavement, black top, and cement gives me pain. However, dirt trails are not always close by or time prevents me from making the trip to one so I settle for this alternative. Lately, with the snow and ice gone, I have been spending much more time on hard surfaces and I am hoping this is what is causing my joint issues. Time will tell…

 

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Your New Year Resolution Is To Join A Gym But Excuses Are Getting In The Way

You want to join a gym but you don’t think you have time, you can’t afford it, you don’t want others to look at you, you sweat like a pig, you……yadayadayada!

Does this sound familiar to anyone? I know I have heard it many times… actually many, many, many times. And when I do I just shrug it off, go on my way and think…..ha, you had time to sit and watch a two hour movie on Netflix last night, you had money to purchase coffee every morning this week, and people will look at you no matter anywhere you go, and of course your going to sweat that is what happens when you exercise.

With the new year right around the corner and everyone planning to jump on the good ole diet and exercise party bus…..I know there are some of you that want to join a gym,start exercising, and just plain feel better about your health in general. And I also know there are some of you that want this but won’t because of the fear of exercising in public. I want to ensure you all, exercise may be difficult, it may be sweaty, it may be painful at first, but the hardest part of making this wish a reality is taking that first step through the front door of your preferred gym. I know, I have been there, and I have taken that first step with friends and family because they had this same wish. For me, however, I did it all alone and I have not looked back since.

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Belonging to a gym and to have others around you working to achieve the same health goals is empowering. It’s not a fashion show and no one will care if your bottoms match your tops or if your shoes match your headband. No one is judging you, watching how much weight you lift or how many minutes you run on the treadmill. Everyone is in their own little world, listing to their own playlist, and doing what feels best for their bodies. And everyone is sweating…..and if they are not then they are not there for the right reasons.

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So if your at home debating starting your own journey down the road of health and fitness I encourage you to take that first step through the door of your preferred gym and go for it. Most gyms are very affordable, most offer classes if you need assistance, and all will show you the ropes if you have never stepped foot on a cardio machine in your life. You will be so proud and feel so amazing after the initial stiffness wears off that I bet you never look back either.

Now get up, put on some shoes, grab a water bottle, stand up tall, hold your head high, and take that first step toward your health.

I am rooting for you…..

 

 

Wildlife and Workouts

I feel like life is finally back on track after all the holiday togetherness. No more days off for awhile now, no more parties to attend and sadly no more dirt trails to hike either.

After the first big snow storm of the year happened here a few days ago our trails have a nice layer of packed, slippery snow covering them. Which means my outside life has come to a screaming halt, to put it mildly. Although, after spending a few days wallowing in self pity, enough was enough and I had to bite the bullet and get outside. So my husband and I ventured to a nearby nature sanctuary on a sunny afternoon to have some fun. IMG_3242 IMG_3263 We walked around the sanctuary, fed the geese and ducks some corn, and just enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine. It was nice to get out for a bit and enjoy some time together.  IMG_3252

Besides our little venture out into the outdoors I have to be honest, that is about all I did outside all week. As sad as that is…it’s reality for me for the next few months. Which means it’s time to move on to a happier topic…..workouts:-)

Workouts this week have been CRAZY!!!!!!! Our gym is over flowing with new members with new years resolutions to achieve. With that being said, I was extremely happy to have come up with three new routines for weight lifting at home. This meant, at the very least if I could just get in my cardio at the gym I would be happy. Plus, we started walking at the mall….something we put off until it’s absolutely necessary. However, as bummed as I am about this, at least we made it until after the holidays so the crowds are now tolerable.

Here is what I did for workouts this week:

Saturday: gym: 30 minute elliptical, rowing and abs

Sunday: rest

Monday: home: weight lifting routine 30 minutes, recumbent bike 30 minutes

mall: 3 mile walk

Tuesday: home: weight lifting routine 30 minutes

gym: 30 minute elliptical

Wednesday: home: legs and core workout

Thursday: home: recumbent bike for 30 minutes

mall: 3 mile walk

Friday: home: weight lifting routine

My hope for the weekend is to make it to the gym both Saturday and Sunday. Maybe with a little luck it will not be too busy and I can get in a full workout.

Have a great weekend……

 

 

 

Coming Up With A Plan With My Bum Ankle

I almost have the first week finished with this knee high immobilization boot and I have to say, I find myself only slightly irritated so far. Thankfully, I am allowed to work so while caring for all the children I am pretty occupied and don’t notice too much hassle. The worst time I would have to say is during the night. I am suppose to sleep with this horrendous contraption on but that is pretty much impossible. What I have been doing is sleeping with an air cast on to continue the support and not allow me to move it the direction that gives me so much pain. So far this seems to be working just fine. I have not been woken up with pain since starting this whole treatment plan, let’s hope that is a good sign.

That being said, this will be the first weekend I am laid up and not suppose to do more than absolutely necessary. This will be a challenge. Weather looks to be very nice and that is not a good thing. I am slowly starting to feel normal again from whatever kind of viral hell entered my body for the past week and I am ready to do something other than lay around feeling miserable. I know my husband and son are dying to hit the water with there new kayaks which I will not be joining in on. Ultimately, I would be happy to just sit outside without a jacket on.

Let’s move on to what I have figured out to do for exercise for the next few weeks. This is huge for me. Telling me to take it easy and relax is like telling me to stop breathing. I just can’t do it and if I do I can’t do it for long. Monday I plan to start with a series of mat workouts on the floor. I am not allowed to do any weight bearing exercises (besides lifting my two 12-15 lb infants I care for) standing on that ankle but laying/sitting down I can do weights. Thankfully I have a weight machine at home so this will be a normal part of my daily workout also. I also plan to do yoga. Obviously, no moves standing or stretching out that foot/leg but the rest of me could use a good stretch. For now, hopefully it’s enough to keep my insanity in check. If you have any other suggestions, please send them my way.

That’s it for now. If we hit a local river I will be sure to take a few pictures from my perch where I sit and watch. You all have a great weekend.

 

Monday Motivation

Sunday 11/30: GYM: 40 minute elliptical, lower body weights and stretching

Monday 12/1: HOME: 200 crunches, upper and lower body weights, balance ball routine, 30 minute bike

MALL: 5 mile walk

Tuesday 12/2: HOME: 200 crunches, arm weights, 30 minute bike

Wednesday 12/3: HOME: 200 crunches, arm weights

MALL: 5 mile walk

Thursday 12/4: HOME: 200 crunches, upper and lower body weights, 30 minute bike

Friday 12/5: HOME: 200 crunches, arm weights

Saturday 12/6: GYM: 35 minute elliptical, upper body weights and stretching

Monday and Wednesday we were joined for our mall walk by our son which was a nice change. Typically he is at work, school or gone with friends. Normally our family walks happen on a trail somewhere surrounded by wilderness so this occasion was really out of the ordinary but very nice.

Life sort of got in the way of our normal routine this week. My husband is battling a respiratory bug which made it quite difficult for any gym workouts to be accomplished this week. We did however get in two good walks which still made us pretty happy. Yes, I could have went to the gym alone but walking gives me the same stress relief so I just went with it.

Tuesday we had to forgo all evening exercise to go visit my mother in law in the hospital. Thursday my husband finally started feeling a little better but instead of heading to the gym we did some of our weekend shopping instead. If there is one thing I dislike about December it’s the weekend crowds in the stores. I use up all my patients during the week with my kiddos which leaves me with none left for weekend shopping. The grocery store is usually all I can handle without having a meltdown. So I would rather squeeze it in on a week night and spend the weekend in the gym.

Friday finally arrived and we had every intention to make it to the gym until….my husband called his dad to see how his mom was doing after being released from the hospital. The news he received was not good and asked if we could forgo our gym plans and make a quick trip over to see his mom. Which we did.

This week was simply reality. Sometimes we need to make adjustments for whatever reason and that is what we did. I am just thankful I have equipment at home to still get in some exercise. I have hope that this next week should return to normal.

 

 

 

 

My Favorite Form Of Exercise And Why

You all know I love to exercise. I do it everyday in some form or another. I do it for my health, to control my weight, to feel a sense of accomplishment but most of all exercise is a way for me to control stress and keep my sanity.

I spend countless hours caring for children during the week. This in itself can be very rewarding yet stressful. To relieve stress during my day, cardio is the way to go. This is usually a 30 minute bike ride during nap time on weekdays.

My most rewarding exercise at the gym would have to be the elliptical or ARC machines. They both seem to give me the best workout with very different results. I don’t feel I get much benefit from weight lifting other than keeping me strong and fit enough to keep up with the activities we do. However, I know they are good for me. I don’t dread doing them but I could easily pass them by if I knew I would not pay the price later on.

I do have to admit that even with everything I do, walking would have to be my number one go to form of exercise. It’s how I started my journey to a healthy lifestyle and it is still today my favorite thing to do. I could be walking a street, mall or a trail and be perfectly content to walk on forever. It does not matter if I am alone or with someone, I love to walk. When I am alone I have time to think. When I walk with my husband we can have a completely private conversation and not even realize we have walked a few miles. And when I walk with my daycare kiddos, it is non stop talking about anything and everything. It a great form of exercise that is easy to do anywhere at any age.

Tell me, what is your favorite form of exercise and why?

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?