So…define fitness?

My friend Jen over at JVKom Chronicles is starting a May fitness challenge. The goal? Twenty minutes of movement a day. She’s asked us to track and report our activity.

I have to say, I don’t know where to start. My quest for fitness is more like an imageobsession, something to feel inadequate about when I do it, and guilty about when I don’t do it. (And it is ridiculous – anyone else out there feel guilty when they skip yoga class for the treadmill? Pathetic.)

Not that I’m that dedicated. (Jen’s statement that we could count twenty minutes of housework got me wondering whether twenty minutes working a crossword puzzle would count.)

For exercise, I alternate yoga with the treadmill and once-a-week strength training. But it’s the sheer running around I do that kills me. I know I stand a lot, but am I really moving? Or am I just propped in front of a cutting board exercising my forearms as I dice vegetables?

Ever since I had the flu in March, followed closely by spring break, I’ve been off my game. I decided Jen’s challenge is an opportunity to do two things: 1) get back on a schedule; and 2) work some yoga into the days I’m not in a class.

We’ll see how I do.


16 thoughts on “So…define fitness?

  1. I walked in Target today (with heels – tones the muscles?) for 40 minutes. I’m rationalizing that to 20 minutes of serious exercise…. That work?


  2. I definitely have a lot of guilt when I miss a planned workout. I think for this challenge though the goal is to truly just get moving for 20 minutes at a time, it doesn’t have to be a killer workout! Good luck! 🙂


    1. I rarely log a killer workout 🙂 Thanks, for the encouragement, Samantha, this challenge will help me be more mindful about moving every day so I don’t need the killer workout.


    1. Toddler chasing totally counts. And you know when they throw those tantrums and you have to tuck them under your arm and carry them kicking and screaming? Weights at the gym have nothing sometimes.

      Although I’m hoping yours don’t still do that, Sarah.


  3. Sorry crossword puzzles don’t count 😉 You have to be up and moving. I count housework bc I always crank the tunes and dance my heart out. Doesn’t everyone clean that way?!


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