Essentrics – Day 3

Today my muscles were tense in advance and even during the class. But I knew what that meant. Do what you can and you will feel better afterward. And I did.

I had to stop and shake it out a few times – particularly with arms. I also found that the outer shin was quite sore. This area is always a problem for me any time I start exercising. So I am used to that feeling and know that the stretching will alleviate that.

As with yesterday, I felt very energized after the session and much more focused as I start my day.

Figure 8 Day 1

Today is my first day with Figure 8. I plan on doing this for cardio and for fat burning. I will be following their exercise guidelines, but as a vegan the nutritional plan is not my focus. If you are interested in my dietary intake I am blogging about that separately.

First, I reviewed the materials and the instructions. I like the simple way they start out with the basics for the first few days. Easy enough on day 1 – tomorrow we will see!

My plan is to incorporate this into my lunch routine. Should be a nice kick in the middle of the day and just long enough to get it in!

Check back on day 2 to find out how that goes… 😉

Essentrics Day 2

While it was hard to initially motivate to start this morning, I did it. And all I have to say is WOW. I had no idea how tight my body was. The movements were slow and fluid. The stretch was amazing. This is going to be a GREAT way to start my day! I feel energized and muscle pains I typically feel first thing are much much lighter.

I can honestly say I feel a bit of a rush from this. Which lets me know that this is a great add on.

I did the very first 30 minute workout. My plan is to do that for the next two weeks then move to the next one. Really – this is a phenomenal way to start the day. Looking forward to day 2!

Essentrics – Day 1

I have the full DVD set. I decided to start with Mobility & Bone Strengthening for Beginners. Day one, I watched the video. That’s it. That was my only goal – watch the video and PAY ATTENTION to what was needed.

While it looks simple enough, day 2 will tell the tale. I love how fluid and smooth the movements are. I cannot wait to start first thing tomorrow! Wish me luck and you will find out how it goes in the morning!

Fitness plan for the New Year

I turned 55 this month.

I am approaching fitness as a 3 tiered project. Cardio, flexibility and mobility, and building lean muscle mass and endurance.

Swimming has been a go-to for me for over a year now. At one point, I was swimming more than a mile a day. The struggle with that is it takes a large amount of time. It takes me about 2 minutes to swim a lap (50 yards total) as I do the breaststroke. 1 mile is 60 laps. I can comfortably take 45 minutes a day – I swim at lunchtime so that is impractical and just not working out. Cutting my swimming back to 40-45 laps has been ideal. It does, however, leave a gap. Swimming will help me in overall fitness as well as building lean muscle mass and endurance. I will be moving swimming to an evening activity (after 7pm) as it can be very relaxing – particularly if I do a 15 minute hot tub afterward.

I am adding two new fitness regimens this year. One is Essentrics. I am planning on completing certification frankly as I see this as a bridge for people in my age bracket to increase and improve our quality of life. This will be my morning starter plan. I will do this activity from 6am – 7am.

The second new fitness regimen will be Figure 8. I plan on incorporating this at lunchtime. This will be my cardio. As I will be doing this at home, I can comfortably do an hour long session. While swimming does elevate my heart rate to around 105-110 bpm, I need something more reliable that pushes it a little higher. This activity will happen somewhere between 11:30 am and 1 pm meeting schedule driving that timing.

I plan on blogging about each of these separately so please stay tuned!