May 19, 2009

Better Tuesdays: Exercise should be fun!

As you know the mamas here will be participating in the AHA's Better U program beginning on June 1st and we are on our journey to become Better Us for a myriad of reasons. I decided about three weeks to get a bit of a jump start and I have been making little changes here and there in hopes that when I actually start the program it won't be such a shock to my body.

So, on Saturday I worked out!!!! Yes, me...I can say it with a straight face. I'm in a little bit of pain, but I did it and it felt really good. I hate working out with a passion. I've always admired those people who love to work out and can't go a day without it - I'm the opposite, the thought of actually getting off my butt and doing something is not at all appealing. But this time was a little different and I am so excited to start doing it on a regular basis.

Hubby and I went to a tennis court and did our own little routine. I know the tennis fanatics out there will balk at the thought of someone doing something other than tennis on their court, but it really worked for me. Maybe it was the padded flooring - I don't know. Anyway, we did a few laps, did some sprints, jumped rope, did some strength exercises with a medicine ball and then ran around the court with princess. It was so much fun and I didn't even really feel it - at least not until I woke up on Sunday morning!

That's what working out should be - it should be fun! Well I enjoyed it and I felt so good that I think I want to do it again today. I might be crazy - but summer is right around the corner. In fact I want to also buy a tennis racket and just run around the court - I don't care that I'm not good just as long as I'm out and moving.

Also, I've found that wearing a pedometer has been very effective. It's like I'm in competition with myself. I check it ALL the time (I might be a little obsessed) and when I see that I'm not near my target of 10,000 steps I've been getting up and doing some walking.

Wish me luck today. If you have any other suggestions for making it fun, let me know. And, check out our Better U bloggy partner Joshilyn at her her blog.

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life as I know said...

Way to go Ny!! That's the way you do it, a little at a time, and with what feels good to you. You made the decision and you've taken the first step, just keep putting one foot in front of the other, and you'll see a healthier you in no time. Best wishes.

Justice Fergie said...

good stuff! you're on your way. i was thinking today that we should be accountability partners. we could send each other an email saying how we were active that day. what say you?

Here's mine: today i did body sculpting and pilates!

now for tomorrow :)

Jennifer said...

I'm right there with you and the pedometer! It's addictive, trying to get in those 10,000 steps!

Tara said...

If working out feels like, well, WORK, then people are more likely to skip it. Since we bought a new house this past winter, this is my first summer to actually have plants to keep up. I'm planting a garden and getting down and pulling weeds, turning over dirt, etc is quite a workout! It's not really fun, but it's not so bad while you're doing it. The next day, however, you discover how hard you really worked! :) Glad to see you making yourself better!

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