Some time ago I came up with this crazy idea that I was going to do a stack of 30 day challenges that I had found on Pinterest. Now I had every intention of going all out crazy with it, but what I lacked was the foresight of how all of these things would be physically impossible for me at my current fitness level. After two days I felt as though I would melt into a puddle and it was incredibly painful to attempt to do chores, take care of my daughter, and wash my hair. I am going to keep it because one day I’d like to get my fitness to a level where my 31 Day Challenges are achievable. Right now just isn’t that good of a time for me.
I do however want to work towards my goals of an overall healthier lifestyle. So this is going to be attached to My Journey to Health series.
Fitting in Fitness
Another glaringly obvious aspect that I overlooked is finding time between juggling two active toddlers to exercise. As it stands, they currently do not nap at the same time so I don’t really have any downtime during the day. I am 100% worthless in the mornings until at least 9 a.m. regardless of how much coffee I’ve had. But that doesn’t surprise me because I have never been a morning person. See Example 1.
If I didn’t have to human before 930 life would be wonderful! So that leaves me with only my evenings to fit in any exercises. This is where I have to add in, thank goodness it is Fall and it isn’t quite as oppressively hot as it normally is in Florida. In fact, we’re in the middle of another (albeit brief) cold front so we’ve had chilly mornings and mild afternoons. If only it could stay this way year round.
Fitness for Fall!
My game plan for this season is two pronged. I have broken it down into daily activities and weekly activities.
- Stretch – 7 days a week. Trust me on this, I have sprained my left calf muscle 3 times in 8 weeks. It is a painful thing, I walk like a T-Rex, and the bruises keep getting worse.
- Meditate / Yoga – 6 days a week. This does not have to be anything overzealous, it can be 20 minutes of quiet to center yourself. Your mind plays a huge role in your success in fitness.
- Walk (at least) 1 mile – 6 days a week. If you can do more that’s great. If you can’t quite make it, don’t worry, work towards your goal and you will get there.
- Body Weight Exercises – 1 or 2 days a week. These can be whatever exercises strike my fancy on that given day. Planks, squats, push-up, chair dips, crunches, etc.
- Light Jog or Run – 1 or 2 days a week. I did run in high school, I wasn’t necessarily fast, but I had a hell of a lot more endurance than I do now. It is a goal for myself to get back to that point. My first goal is to jog for 10 minutes straight alternating with walking until I can get there.
- Light Weight Lifting Exercises – 1 or 2 days a week. Again, these will end up being whatever I need to work on that day. Light weights (think 5 lbs) to help with overall toning.
So who is ready to get Fit for Fall with me? If you have your own Fall Fitness Routine what does it look like?