Fab Friday Favs: Getting Fit

I don’t like working out.  I’m still waiting for an injection (safe) to be developed that will make me healthy and fit while I’m sprawled on the couch watching this week’s DVR’d tv shows.  I’ve been waiting for this for a long, long time so, in the meantime, I’m doing the next best thing.  About a month ago, I started to get back in shape the old-fashioned way. Here’s what I’m doing and the tools I’m doing them with.  (Let’s see how many I’m still doing in a few months.)

Meditating

Screen Shot 2013-03-24 at 5.31.18 PMI joined Oprah and Deepak Chopra and thousands of other people in a free 21-Day Meditation Challenge.  It’s a “three-week guided meditation journey toward the triad of whole wellness—mind, body and spirit. This free interactive program comes with daily meditations to help you embrace the vision of your best self, expand your understanding of your miraculous body and achieve greater balance and well being.”  I’m not exactly sure why I started this, though there’s really no downside to meditating, right?  It might even be good for me…except, now that I’m at day 19 today, I haven’t done it yet…for no good reason.   I’ve been putting it off all day.  My plan, now, is to do it before I go to bed.  I’m better at meditating when I’m anxious about something.  Since I’m not, it seems dispensable. Which is ridiculous because it only takes about 15 minutes. I need to change my attitude.

 

Walking

Screen Shot 2013-03-24 at 5.36.20 PMI love walking.  It’s my primary mode of transportation. I’ve been walking 10,000 steps/day for almost a year.  That’s the equivalent of approximately 5 miles.  My FitBit  –a fancy pedometer type thingy– clips to my bra and tracks how many steps I’ve taken, the distance I’ve walked, and floors climbed.  It can also track calories eaten and burned, and my sleep cycle, though I don’t bother with those.  So far, I’ve walked 4,118,973 steps since last June 1.  Yes, that’s 4 million, 118 thousand, 973 steps, which = 1816 miles. When I started, I really did 10,000 steps just about every day.  Then winter came.  Now I’m down to 3-4 days a week. The Fitbit costs $99.00 and I think it’s worth it.

 

Yoga

The New York Public Library offers free yoga classes sponsored by Compass Yoga, “a Pr_104_-_TRI_-_24_12_10_-_007nonprofit organization focused on improving the health of all people by teaching the therapeutic benefits of yoga.”  I love these classes; the teachers are great and the price is right!  I go about once a week, and should probably do more, but really, who has the time?

 

Spinning

Pr_38_-_TR_-_30_08_10_-_595This is my newest activity and I’ve only been at it for a couple of weeks. I’ve been going to SoulCycle and Crunch Gym because I can’t decide, yet, which one is for me.  They both have their pros and cons.  SoulCycle is more aesthetically pleasing and I think the instructors might be a bit better…as well they should be, because, at $34/class, it’s not cheap.  Crunch is right around the corner from my house –which counts for a lot– and is less expensive.  I’m still making up my mind between the two and am very proud (and a bit surprised) that I’ve been going 3x/week.  That probably won’t last…

 

At-Home Workouts

When I’m not motivated to leave my house, I have two really good workout apps on my IMG_0423iPad.  They each cost about $2 and are worth much more.

 

 

So I’m trying.  If I keep all this up, even just a little bit, I should be fine.


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5 Responses to Fab Friday Favs: Getting Fit

  1. Stella says:

    All sounds good to me. I wish there were FREE yoga classes somewhere in Melbourne.
    In the meantime I will check out those apps.
    Keep up the good work, eleanore
    Stella xx
    PS let me know if they develop that injection. . .

  2. Dana says:

    I made a lifestyle change about 2 months ago and it’s been wonderful. I started off walking, but then quickly moved to using my exercise room. That room had been sitting there unoccupied for 2 years! LOL My husband uses it, but I rarely went in there. I started on the elliptical for 5 minutes. Now I can go 45 minutes at a nice pace. I also workout with various exercise videos. I go up and down the stairs as much as possible (I used to never go upstairs — that was like my sons’ own apartment up there). And I walk around the track when I want some fresh air. I wish I would have been exercising all of my life. It’s a great feeling, not to mention how good it makes you look.

  3. Debbie says:

    I tend to procrastinate when it comes to exercise. I focus on the feeling AFTER I run or workout. Learn to love the burn. Also, Sparkpeople.com is completely free. It has endless resources for all needs of a healthy lifestyle including recipes with reviews.

  4. Cheri says:

    Last year, I was trying to lose weight after being down in the back for several months and I stumbled across beyonddiet.com. It’s a program where you pay a one time fee of around $40, I think it is and for that, you get access to their online community where you can track your progress, get healthy recipes and other valuable information about the best things to eat to lose weight and be healthy. In addition to learning a lot, I have lost weight without really even trying. I really recommend it to anyone wanting to lose weight and just live a healthier lifestyle away from all the processed, gmo and sugar and additive laden foods which really do nothing but wreak havoc on your body.

  5. Michael Ann says:

    I love walking too! I don’t run because I think it’s too jarring on the body. I know some people love it but it’s not for me. Walking is so easy…you don’t need special equipment other than a good pair of walking shoes and probably some comfortable work-out clothes. I walk about an hour a day/ 4-5 days a week. It’s also great for clearing your mind OR focusing on a particular problem without distraction. I do my own home workout too. It’s one I’ve done my whole life. A couple of chosen stomach moves, thigh moves, butt moves and arm weights. I do it while watching t.v. It works. No expensive gym necessary!

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