Good morning and Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend. First, my workouts this past week:
- Monday – planned rest day
- Tuesday – 10 minute arms, 10 minute stretch, 60 minutes treadmill
- Wednesday – 10 minute arms, 10 minute stretch
- Thursday – 45 minute treadmill
- Friday – rest day (sick)
- Saturday – 60 minutes walking
- Sunday – 10 minute stretch
Just barely hit my 210 (two percent) this week, but didn’t plan to be sick either. I spent most of yesterday resting and relaxing and feel much better today. Starting this week, I am concentrating on weights/strength training and less on walking. My planned cardio will probably be HIIT on the elliptical or the arc trainer at the gym.
Here was my picture from the Komen Race for the Cure. It was a chilly day (around freezing), but the sun was out which made for a beautiful walk.
Let’s talk about walking . . .
Walking is a great form of exercise and my favorite fitness activity. Anyone, regardless of age and fitness level, can start a walking routine. It’s free and can be done almost anywhere. All you need are a sturdy pair of walking shoes and you are ready to go. Here are my top 5 suggestions for places to walk!
1. Your neighborhood. You live there, so walk out your front door and explore. Grab a neighbor, a child, a dog, or your iPod and walk. If your neighborhood is like mine, the hills will challenge you! This is a great chance to keep in touch with your neighbors, see which houses are for sale, who is doing construction, etc. I love to check out Halloween and Christmas decorations. Try getting into a routine of walking after dinner with your family.
2. Local greenways. In our city we have over 50 miles of paved greenways for running, walking, cycling. Find out if your city has some. This is a great way to learn more about your city and explore new areas. Next house we buy will be closer (if not backing up to) a greenway for easy walking, running, and cycling.
3. A treadmill. If you don’t live in a safe area or prefer to workout indoors, buy a treadmill or join a gym. You can often find used treadmills on ebay or craigslist. There are more and more “economical” gyms popping up (Workout Anytime, Planet Fitness, Anytime Fitness, etc.) that are only $10 or $20 per month. Treadmills are also a great rainy day option.
4. The mall. Many malls open early just for walkers. Check out the malls in your area. Our mall opens their doors 3 hours before the stores for walkers. This is also a great rainy day option and with the stores closed, you aren’t tempted to spend any money.
5. Walk in place. This can be done anytime, anywhere. There is even a whole DVD collection by Leslie Sansone called Walk Off The Pounds.
Find the location and equipment that works best for YOU and WALK!
Where’s your favorite place to walk? Do you walk alone, with a dog, a friend? Share!