Still on the move

imageWell, I’ve wrapped up my participation in the May Fitness Challenge, and I’ve learned a few things. I liked the premise of this challenge, working twenty minutes of activity into each day, and the idea that it didn’t have to be formal exercise – it just needed to be movement. I definitely gained a new appreciation of how often I’m in motion.

When we started the challenge, I set two goals: 1) to get back on my exercise schedule – yoga, strength training and walking/running on the treadmill; and 2) to work some yoga into the days I’m not in a class. I met the first goal but not the second. I’m still struggling to establish a home yoga practice, and I probably always will. Guess I’ll have to stick to sneaking a little yoga into my day.

But I did become more aware of the physical activities that are a routine part of my day like housework, yard work, and running around with my kids. I learned to acknowledge that after several hours of strenuous yard work I won’t feel like jumping on the treadmill, and I shouldn’t feel guilty about that. And that vacuuming my house, which is no small chore, gets me moving, stretching, bending, reaching – hey, it may be mundane, but it is physical! And there are worse things than feeling virtuous after vacuuming.

All in all, I think I’ve gained a more holistic view of the movement in my days. I’m doing OK, and I feel good.

Thanks, Jen and Samantha, for the opportunity. Next up for me – the  Blogging University daily Writing 101 challenge. Exercise the body, exercise the mind.

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Exercise by the yard

imageI classify our year into two seasons: Winter and yard work. The nagging knowledge that the yard is untidy sends everyone around here into a frenzy of activity as soon as we have a few nice days. It is also why I breathe a sigh of relief when we finally get that first frost.

Our lovely, wooded lot is a beastly amount of work. There is always weeding, pruning, planting, digging, or raking to do. And this last week, that’s where I focused my daily activity.

I devoted Sunday, Monday, Friday and Saturday to yard or outdoor work. Tuesday I went to yoga and Thursday to strength training. Snuck a little yoga in on Wednesday, too.

Today I woke up as stiff as a board so I took it pretty easy. Yard work uses muscles you pretty much forget you have the rest of the year. Still, this is probably the closest I’ve stuck to the 20×31 challenge and if the weather holds, I’m thinking I’ll be just fine in the home stretch.

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Twenty minutes to stand still

imageWeek 2 – May Fitness Challenge

Well, I didn’t do a great job this week accomplishing the goals I set last week. I did get to my scheduled workouts – two yoga classes and a strength training session – but the second goal, of working some yoga into each day, went by the wayside.

This brings out the dirty, little secret I don’t share with my yoga teachers or fellow students – I have no home practice. I used to have a home practice, sort of, but it more or less disappeared as soon as my first child learned to crawl.  I can remember sitting on the floor in a particularly challenging pose and having my toddler land square on my knee. Not exactly a restful experience.

Now the most I manage is a few deep breaths from time to time, or a quick twist when I’m in my car at a stoplight. I had a teacher years ago who generously called this “sneaking a little yoga into your day.”

I did learn something important about myself, though. I never stop moving. At least not when I’m home. I run around all darned day. Which made me wonder whether I ought to consciously schedule twenty minutes each day to stand still.

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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.