Monday, January 25, 2010

A New Life's resolution - Day #21 (Physical)

If you're just joining us, check out the explanation of my "New Life Resolution"

Day #21 - Physical

According to, "The physical dimension of wellness encourages cardiovascular flexibility and strength and also encourages regular, physical activity. Physical development encourages knowledge about food and nutrition and discourages the use of tobacco, drugs and excessive alcohol consumption. Physical Wellness encourages consumption and activities which contribute to high level wellness, including medical self-care and appropriate use of the medical system.

I did the typical New Year's resolution thing and joined a gym at the end of 2009.  Of course, I didn't want to just rush into things, so I held off until January 1st to show up.  Along with LOTS of other people, of course.  I'm not stranger to the gym and despite my girthy physique, I can certainly hold my own when it comes to my exercise knowledge and experience.

Even though the gym has an excellent workout space dedicated solely to women, for the last 3 weeks or so, I've just basically spent my time on the treadmills and elliptical machines upstairs.  I spend about 1 hour 4 - 5 times per week on those silly machines and I've learned to distract myself with Alex Trebek and 30 minutes of Jeopardy!  It's amazing how fast the time goes when you're trying to exericise your mind and body at the same time!

But, alas, I think it's time to shake things up a bit, so starting today, I hit the weights.  I have a lot of experience using the Body for Life program, so I'm going to use that.  It basically involves working out for 6 days a week.  You alternate between cardio workouts and weight training (either your upper body or lower body) and the goal is to spend no more than 60 minutes at the gym.

Tonight was lower body (quads, hamstrings, calves and abs).  I really enjoyed using the machines in the Women Only area.  The machines and free-weights in the main area tend to be surrounded by big sweaty men (who are usually lifting too much weight and using poor form.  It sometimes makes me want to go all Jillian Michaels on them!)

My friend Rachael went with me to try out the weight-lifting (she's definitely a cardio girl).  At one point (while we were doing ab work), she looked over at me and said, "I hate you, Heather".  Hahahaha  Maybe I could be Jillian Michaels!

1 comment:

Willow said...

I still haven't managed to follow through on my New Year's resolution to start going to the gym more...I figure as long as I start while it's still Jan. it counts though, right?


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