Workout check-in: July 7

I thought it might be helpful for me to share what I’m doing for my workouts.

I usually alternate between walking  about 45 minutes at a brisk pace through the neighborhood and walking 3.2mph for 45 minutes precisely on the treadmill at the gym. Last week I walked outside five days and hit the treadmill for a 45 minute walk once. They burn a similar amount of calories and have the same positive effect on my blood sugar readings so it’s really more about what strikes my fancy that day. Some days I want the fresh, cold air and pretty scenery and some days I want to be very precise in my time and energy expended. Giving myself that flexibility is an important part of my “just get some exercise every day” commitment to myself. I also walked a 5K during July, as I had done in May and June, too. I’d originally intended to run the July 5K but that wasn’t in the cards and I’m totally OK with that.

In addition to my walking workouts, I also managed one Couch to 5K jogging session, on Sunday. I am definitely not getting in the three running workouts that are supposed to be part of the Couch to 5K program – more like one per week – but I’m not finding them difficult to do on a less frequent basis than is recommended, either, so I’m not really worried about it. The reason I’m not running more frequently is only mental, I know this. My body doesn’t hurt during or after running workouts, I just don’t like them. I have promised that I’ll finish the training program, and I will, but I don’t know where my running will go once that’s finished.

Given where I am with my workout routine, it’s easy to see why the latest Couch to 5K coaching tips from Mo Langley , 10 Tricks For Sticking To It, really resonated with me.

Now that you are well on your way training for the Thanksgiving Day Dana Point Turkey Trot, you’re starting to really feel the benefits of exercise. You feel more energized, you’re clothes are starting to fit differently, and your overall confidence is improving. Don’t lose your stride! Keep exercising and don’t let excuses get in the way of your well-being. Stay on track with these simple tips:

1. Start Looking at Exercise Differently.  All movement is exercise. People need to give themselves more options. Take the dog for a walk, bike to the store or take five-minute stretch breaks. If you don’t count something as exercise unless it happens in the gym, goes on for 30 minutes or requires a shower afterward, you’re missing some of your best opportunities to stay active.

Click through to see the rest of Mo’s training tips on the Dana Point Turkey Trot website.

I know I’ve been guilty of not giving myself credit for having “worked out” if I never went to the gym or laced up my sneakers, how about you? Anyone else struggle with the mental aspects of a form of exercise you’re trying to work into your routine? I’d love tips for overcoming my antipathy for jogging, so please share what you’ve learned!

[If you’re wondering, no, I am not being compensated in any way to share Mo’s training tips, I just think she’s got a great approach to helping folks go from inactive to moderately active all while keeping it fun.]