It has been an interesting week. As you know, I am taking on not one but two fitness challenges this month, which so far, has been pretty fun! I think it would be even more exciting if I had a couple of close friends who were also completing it, but sometimes you gotta reach your goals on your own.
Friday- Ok, so yesterday I completed a realllllly hard (for me, anyway!) strength training workout so when I woke up, I could see feel it in my core and thighs. I was dreading this challenge even though it was only 3 moves with 5 reps but I also know from personal experience, that the more I move and walk around, the more that pain starts to subside. I waited until the evening to give my body some time to recover and completed it while I was watching a show. It did not take long, but it was painful! The balance required for leg swings surprised me and I am curious to see my progress with that exercise. I’m glad I pushed past it though.
Saturday- Today is another strength training day so I incorporated day 2 into my workout. I had to push myself to get through this workout today, but I know that is because I am using my muscles in a new way that I am not used to. It will take some adjustments but it will get better. I like the moves so far, and I feel that they are not hard on my joints. Today was 6 reps of plie squats, leg swings and side lunges.
Sunday- I went for a 30 minute walk today and then completed my 7 reps of the three moves listed above. Today did not hurt as much and it felt really good to get outside in the sun. I could not stay out for too long because it is really, really hot today and my pale skin just will not last! When I got back from my walk, I stretched and then completed a bunch of chores. I was not expecting to feel so ready to take on some cleaning tasks but no complaints here!
Monday- When I woke up, my friend asked me to go to the beach. I wanted to go but did not have a bathing suit, so we had to go shopping first. A couple hours later (no joke, I hate bathing suit shopping!) we set off. I mentioned the challenge to my friend and we both decided to complete today’s challenge of 8 reps together. Afterwards, we played a game of volleyball with some girls who asked us to join for even teams. It felt nice to be active outside and I am starting to get used to the movements more. Even though this was going to be my rest day, I still took part in some physical activity and that felt really nice.
Tuesday- Today’s challenge is 9 reps of the 3 movements listed above. I like plie squats better than regular ones because I feel the positioning is more “knee friendly” for me. One thing I am noticing is that my right side balance is more dominant than my left side, so when I try left side leg swings, I have to engage my core so much! I am hoping to increase more stable balance as I continue the challenge. Again, I incorporated this into my strength training.
Wednesday- My beach friend and I headed to a local trail and went for a light hike. The trail is for beginners, so it has some dips and inclines but nothing too rigorous. When we got to the midway point, we stopped and completed the 10 reps challenge for the 3 movements listed above. I am starting to get used to the movements and am concentrating more on engaging my core. I can really feel it when I am completing each move. We had a nice picnic lunch of mixed fruit and sandwiches before walking back.
Thursday- When I first started, I was not sure if I would keep up with this kind of challenge. It is my first time doing a monthly challenge. Today’s challenge involves the same 3 movements (10 reps) plus 5 side leg lifts. I was going to to the gym for my strength training workout but it was really rainy and gloomy today. I decided to stay home and complete some body weight exercises, along with the challenge moves. It was just one of those days. Afterwards, I curled up under a blanket and started binge watching Orange Is The New Black. OMG! I know I am late on that one, but I wanted to spread the episodes out a little longer and this was the perfect day to watch some episodes! Sometimes you just need a little break.
So there you have it! The challenge has been interesting and not too difficult, which is important to keep me going. I am starting to feel more confident with the reps and I can definitely feel the benefits of these exercises already. Stay tuned for next week’s updates!
Have you ever taken part in a monthly challenge?