I have a love/hate relationship with exercise. It's normally not so bad once I started. I actually really enjoy it most of the time once I get started. Well, I should say that I do not like cardio. I really enjoy weight training. I know that you need cardio though, so for me it;s mostly a matter of finding cardio that I do enjoy. In the past I have found that to be zumba or the Arctrainer. My gym got rid of its Arctrainer though, so I will have to figure something else out. I am also working too late now to make it to my zumba classes. I am just all the way messed up with cardio now lol! I do have some options though. I can borrow zumba dvds from my sister until my schedule changes (about a month from now). My aunt has said I can try water aerobics at her pool. That might be fun, but I'm not really sure what to do for water aerobics. I have taken one water aerobics class, but that was about three years ago. I can google it though right? Of course I can lol! SO basically I just have to make up my mind to do it.
I decided to wake up early and workout before church this morning. When my alarm went off, I tried to go back to sleep. After about 10 minutes I told myself "I need to get up. I can do this." So, I got dressed and headed to the gym. I was thankful that there were not very many people there so early on a Sunday morning. I started at the elliptical. I did 20 minutes at level one. Starting out I felt great. Around 10 minutes in and I was feeling a little tired. Well, maybe more than a little, but I knew I could finish out my twenty minutes. I was dripping with sweat. Man, I am so out of shape. Afterwards, I hit 3 leg machines. I did the leg press (180 lbs) 3 sets of 12 reps, leg extension (40 lbs) 3 sets of 12 reps, leg curl (50 lbs) 3 sets of 12 reps. Surprisingly, that felt pretty good. I could feel that I was working, but I was not totally exhausted and my legs felt alright. I was shocked at how weak I am though. I know I have to build back up, and I know I will get there. I am planning to do squats, walking lunges, and deadlifts at home later tonight. I will let you know how that goes next time.
Next was jogging intervals. I went to a park and jogged (1 minute)/ walked (3 minutes) in intervals for 24 minutes. That was so so. It went better than I expected to be honest, because it had been so long since my last attempt at jogging. It was also extremely hot...even at 8 am. I think we were supposed to be right at 100 degrees for our high today (105 heat index). I normally hate jogging for about a month. After that I get excited about it. Now I just have to make it to the end of that one month.
All in all I felt really wonderful after working out this morning. I had energy, a smile on my face, and a sense of accomplishment. I have to wake up even earlier tomorrow, so I was already dreading that while driving this morning. Then the thought came to me "How bad do you want it?" So, I will be up bright and early in the morning. I have a feeling that my next blog might be about soreness though lol! Have a fantastic day!
So to recap:
20 min on elliptical
Leg Press 180 lbs (3x12)
Leg Extension 40 lbs (3x12)
Leg Curl 50 lbs (3x12)
Jog/Walk Intervals (1:3) 24 min, 1.4 miles
This song came on at the end of my jog and it was perfect!
Queen: Another One Bites the Dust