Last week I began the workout schedule for the #iHeartOmron Fitness Challenge with #mamavation. My week looks like this:
Monday: Upper Body
Tuesday: Lower Body
Wednesday: Upper Body
Friday: Total Body
Saturday: Lower Body
This isn't exactly how the workout schedule was laid out, but I've adjusted it according to my family's schedule, when I can make it to the gym, and how it coincides with my running.
I like the workouts, they're pretty thorough and I feel the effects the next day, but I'm not so entirely sore that it's impossible to move...just sore enough so that I can remember that I'm on a mission to build my muscles and continue to be motivated to stay focused.
The most revealing aspect of the workouts, for me, has been the warm-up. It certainly warms. It's taken me all week to not feel like a complete fool and also to get some sort of feeling of control of my feet. Here's what I do to warm up (and if you see me at the gym, try to keep your laughter to yourself):
I'm supposed to do those suckers for a minute and a half. A MINUTE AND A HALF! I began the week doing them in 30-second increments and walking until I caught my breath and could do the next 30 seconds. By the end of the week I could do one stretch for 40 seconds without feeling like I was going to trip over my own feet.
Speaking of my feet, my pedometer has been great (except for when I change my clothes and forget to put it on). The goal is 10,000 steps per day. My best day was last Monday:
This total was including a 30-minute run as well as an hour-long Zumba class. And here is where I raise my water bottle and toast all those in this challenge whose lives, schedules, and/or jobs don't allow for a lot of movement, meaning they work their tails off getting their steps in when they can.
I'm still looking forward to getting the strapless heart rate monitor and am continuing to use my new scale/full body sensor which helps me know my BMI and all other sorts of numbers I'm facing in my reality to be more healthy and fit.
This week? I'm going to really push it with the resistance, add more weight and see if I can get a better grip on those foot fires.
This post is sponsored by Omron Fitness as a collaboration with Bookieboo Blogging Network and Mamavation - a community dedicated to weight loss for women and obesity prevention for families. I was provided with product and compensation for my time and honest opinions.