Monday, January 21, 2013

Goodbye Exercise Challenge

If you've been following my blog for very long, you might have noticed my weekly Sunday posts tallying up how much exercise I've been getting. Perhaps those were the ones you skipped? I started with a goal of meeting the Health Canada recommendation of 30 minutes a day (which I averaged out over the week) then upped the ante to 40 minutes a day. It's been nearly a year & the posts are starting to feel like a bit of a chore. The original idea was that publishing my weekly results would give me that little bit more incentive to actually do it, but I feel like that hasn't been working lately, so I think I'll stop the series. I'll still try to get the exercise, but I'll stop reporting it here to you.

Operation Retrieve Penguin: a Success!
We did get out for a bit of a ride today, which was lovely. It was cool, damp & a bit foggy but not enough to impact visibility. Sprout & I ran a few errands with a quick stop at the park on the way home. At one point earlier today I was considering using a Modo car to do these errands plus one or two more. But then I imagined trying to find parking multiple times at all the places we needed to stop & decided a bike ride would be a lot more fun. Don't get me wrong, I think Modo cars are great & they do work well for us about once or twice a month, but we just don't need to drive that much here in East Van.

Rides like this are how I get the majority of my exercise--just by going places on foot or two wheels. As long as I'm getting out of the house every day, I tend to get 10-30 minutes of exercise without really trying. I've never really been a gym rat & though I've taken a number of fitness classes over the years, I tend not to stick with them unless they're very social & I make friends there. Also--I don't like to spend a lot of money--classes can be really expensive! I've never really been into team sports, despite being quite social. So biking & walking work great for me--pretty much free & I can do them whenever I feel like.

What's your 'exercise personality'? Do you like classes or working out at the gym to the tunes of your MP3 player? Or maybe organized sports are more your thing? What motivates you to keep on keepin' on?

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  1. Walking, hiking, playing pack mule.

    1. Hiking... I think I used to do that... a long time ago...

  2. I love dance classes but am currently thwarted by a sore foot. Totally rely on my eliptical machine in the basement too...

    1. Hate it when it's the foot! Hope you're back dancing in no time!


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