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Lifehacker Workout Update

November 22, 2011

PhotobucketI don’t know if anyone else (that follows me) started the Lifehacker workout I posted about, but I have been keeping up with the Monday, Wednesday and Friday routines. I generally walk or jog in addition to these every day. Recently I’ve also been using my rowing machine because it’s been pretty stormy outside.

I’m finding that even though these same workouts are getting less and less challenging over the passing weeks, it is easy to keep myself on track because I know that they’ll be easy and quick. I happen to also own p90x, which I’m repeatedly failed trying to train with, but I may have the gusto and strength to actually do it now that I’ve been training so regularly with this. I’m also still doing the push-up challenge and regularly crank out 100 a day (over the course of a day, anyway, not all at once… yet).

Lifehacker Workout: Day 2

October 26, 2011

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Well today is day 2 (2 of 4) of the Lifehacker Workout featuring the Deck of Cards exercises. I’ll be doing some cardio and working through these tonight (I am excited to try the knee to elbow plank). In addition, I went jogging last night for about three miles and I went jogging this morning–I literally ran to the ATM and back to deposit a check.

I also wanted to share a post I recently came across on the Food Network blog. You can make several tiny changes to the way you order, prepare and eat food that are easily sustainable, but make a large impact over time. Some of the suggested changes are: ordering your salad dressing on the side and getting rid of the candy bowl at home or work. The idea is that over time all these little calorie savings will add up to lost poundage.

I might be going out to dinner tonight, and it won’t probably be a diet restricted meal, and in general I need to get better about pairing my eating and exercise habits. I am finding that I tend to really watch what I eat when I’m not working out much and vice versa. Imagine if I could really dial it in and do both… AT THE SAME TIME. Baby steps.

Lifehacker Workout: Day 1

October 24, 2011

PhotobucketAlrighty guys, despite being sick, today is the first day of the Lifehacker workout and I am going to take a stab at it after work. If you’re interested in playing along here is today’s workout.

I walk or bike 2-miles round trip to work daily, but I’ve decided that doesn’t count as “exercise” because my body is already accustom to that amount of activity. After work I will force myself to do some jogging/walking intervals, and then the strength training (push ups, crunches and squats), I may even throw some lunges in there.

I am also trying to talk my roomie Ashley into doing this with me. If anyone else out there is doing it along you can download Fleetly to track your workouts!

On a different note, working out while you’re sick isn’t a terrible idea. I know a lot of people that use being sick as an excuse to take it easy, but it’s been shown that working out helps boost your immune system. Just don’t workout if you have a fever, and if you’re sick don’t be a douche and go to a group class or sweat all over everything in the gym. I don’t use a gym and do my workouts alone so mostly, this isn’t a big deal, but if you’re going to be sharing recycled air in a hot yoga room be kind and stay home if you’re ill.

**Post workout update: did about two miles with my dogs, then did reps of 5 push-ups, 10 squats and 20 crunches. Each rotation took about a minute, so in 10 minutes I managed to knock out 200 crunches, 100 squats and 50 push-ups. I can already tell I am going to be soooooore tomorrow.

The Lifehacker Workout

October 23, 2011

PhotobucketHello readers, if you’re at all familiar with this blog you know how often I repost things from Lifehacker–one of my favorite websites ever. Starting tomorrow, October 24th, their fitness group is doing The Lifehacker Workout. If you’re looking for an easy program to keep you active and accountable this may be just for you!

30 minutes a day and the following will get you prepped for tomorrow:

The Lifehacker Workout is designed for minimal equipment, but you will need to find or order:

  • a deck of cards for the Wednesday Deck of Cards Workout
  • a pedometer or smartphone app to track your distance for your walk or runs (many running and walking apps have those built in)
  • Optional: If you decide to do jump ropes instead of jumping jacks you’ll need a jump rope. If you decide to do the additional targeted day, you’ll need access to dumbbells, a bench, and a pull-up bar.
I feel a cold coming on, so I am going to rest today and hopefully feel up to starting this workout tomorrow.
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