Wherever you live, winter is often a season best spent indoors. Sadly, many times that means we were not as active as we would like.
But now that we are in the midst of Spring, our minds turn to thoughts of...
Exercise is key to fully enjoying these warmer months. What steps are you taking to get your feet moving and your heart beating stronger?
Please let us know. Thank you!
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Well, my husband and I have decided to take a walk after dinner instead of our usual television watching. We push and motivate each other to do this even if we don't want to. We have a gym in our community, so we have started working out several times a week. Our gym is a little distance but we walk to it instead of driving. We have changed our eatting habits tremendously, less fried more baked.
I am TRYING very hard to exercise 5 out of 7 days per week. At least two of those days I am trying to do aerobic activities, my least favorite. It is an ongoing struggle!
Having a friend really helps. I run every Tuesday morning with one friend, and try to do our same loop at least two other times each week. Having a dog also helps. Calvin and I take a walk in the woods near our house about 5 times a week. For me, aerobic exercise is the easy part. Doing strength work is my challenge. I have never liked gyms...
The gym for me is struggle as well, I would probably do better if I had a gym in my home. I would be more motivated to go downstairs to the my gym than to walk to another gym. Also I like privacy when I work out.
Now that the weather is nicer, I have been taking an hour-long bike ride after work. It is so nice and refreshing to bike around the neighborhood instead of going to a crowded, stuffy gym. It is an incentive for me to exercise: I get fresh air, and good people watching!
-- W2W Community Manager
I started working with a personal trainer 3 months ago. His philosophy is based on strength and functional movement. It has changed my outlook on age and mobility.
J blunt, I did the same 6 months ago, and my trainer's philosophy is the same as yours. I stopped wishing for the body I had 25 years ago and started started embracing functional strength and clean eating. I will be retiring at the end of June and look forward to a more active lifestyle.
I am 39 this year and have just taken up trail running. I've always been active but never trained for anything. My husband is an ultra marathon trail runner so he's my "coach" so to speak. This year we did a real training plan and an anti-inflammation diet. I did my first 20k trail run race last weekend. I never thought I'd be running! I used to hate running, but turns out I hate road running. Trail running is totally different. I've been training since March. Aiming for a 25k in mid-August that is going to be much hard elevation wise.
I often train alone or with my dog as I need to keep my heart rate in a certain zone for training purposes, which pretty much rules out any social runs/bikes (higher intensity).
I also love to mountain bike, and our local mountains are easy to access. So I run or bike probably 5 days a week.
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