I apologize for my absence. It’s been over 3 weeks since I posted, I believe.
2 out of the 3 weeks were fairly good exercise weeks. On those weeks, I walked at least 1/2 hour 4 or 5 times during the week and did at least 1 day of strength training each of those weeks. I keep saying I need to improve on the strength training–it’s hard to find the right routine that doesn’t end up stressing my hip or shoulder but I’ll persevere. Last Thursday I tried a new, shorter routine that felt like it worked the right muscles with minimal strain on my lower back/hip.
Last week was a busy week, with after-work events 2 evenings, so it was harder to maintain a routine.
My plan this week is to walk each day except Friday (I’m going to dinner and a concert right after work) and to do strength training on Tuesday and Thursday (and possibly Saturday). I’ll check in on Sunday to let you know how it goes. I walked yesterday and today for a little over 1/2 hour each day.
The days are getting shorter, have you noticed? I need to come up with a plan for a winter exercise routine. I look forward to exercise when I can walk outside but am not a fan of cardio machines and gyms. I can walk in my neighborhood after dark–it’s safe–but I don’t walk as quickly or as far and I stop altogether when it starts to get icy under foot. Last year I joined a gym for the winter months but rarely went–I’m not a morning person so going to the gym before work is not a realistic option and it’s hard to get myself out of the house and off to the gym on cold, dark winter evenings. I’ve tried indoor walking in my living room using the Leslie Sansone DVDs–hard to work up a sweat and get my pulse rate up. Any suggestions? What have you all done to get yourselves through the winter?