June Fitness Challenge: Week 1 Check-in – life+running

June Fitness Challenge: Week 1 Check-in

June Fitness Challenge: Reset my Workout Habits

This week I aimed to:

  1. Add three 20-minute sessions of vigorous cardio once a week (running, biking, other heart-pumping activities).
  2. Strength train two times a week. Each session should include six exercises. I don’t remember where I read the rule of thumb as six different exercises, but this rule has proven its worth to me, so I’m keeping it.
  3. Do 15 minutes of yoga each week. Ideally, add a few moves after the vigorous cardio.

Here’s what I did each day.

June 1

  • Walked for 60 minutes over lunch.
  • Stair stepper (backward-facing for back of leg strength) for 20 mins 
  • Strength training on indoor weight equipment (adductor/abductor, squats, dead lifts, tricep extensions, calf raises).

June 2

  • Walked for 60 minutes over lunch.
  • Walked for another 60 minutes after work.

June 3

  • Ran 20 minutes 
  • Walked 40 minutes

June 4

  • Walked for 60 minutes

June 5

  • Ran 20 minutes 
  • 5 minutes of yoga outside after my run

June 6

  • Walked for 90 minutes after work

June 7—(today’s plan to finish this week’s goal)

  • Walk for 60 minutes over lunch.
  • Run 20 minutes 
  • Strength train
  • 10 minutes of yoga

What to work on next week

Cardio (especially 20 minutes) is easy for me to add because I enjoy running. Yoga and strength training are harder to add because I don’t enjoy those activities as much. I didn’t manage to add yoga until Monday, so I need to think of yoga more, especially on walk-only days. I end up walking when I’m too stressed or tired to do anything else, so yoga fits perfectly on those days.  I also had a hard time strength training because I don’t like to go back into the gym after I leave the gym to run because I have to scan my hand each time. It’s a silly excuse, so I’ll get over it.

 Love on ya, chimes

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