Workout Wednesday: August 28

Exercising with Good Housekeeping by Kevin Dooley via Flickr

I’ve confessed to my last-second decision to forgo Pure Barre last week, so we’ll leave that alone today. My exercise since last week hasn’t been stellar and there are whole days without any planned activity, which is worrisome because I know that I need to get in at least 30 minutes of activity pretty much every day in order to not just lose the rest of my excess weight but more importantly keep it off for the rest of my life. For September, I’m going to add a goal to get in at least 10,000 steps per day, which is pretty much impossible if I don’t go for at least an amble around the neighborhood. (If I call it out here, I’ve got a much better chance of actually doing it!)

So, what did I do?

Wednesday, August 21 – walked the path at work for 40 minutes (10,109 steps)

Thursday, August 22 – jogged 30 minutes, biked 6 miles (12,233 steps)

Friday, August 23 – no formal workout (8,814 steps)

Saturday, August 24 – jogged 30 minutes, biked 20 minutes (14,889 steps)

Sunday, August 25 – 55 minutes Pilates class plus 8 mile bike ride & 2 mile walk/jog (12,981 steps)

Monday, August 26 – no formal workout (3,924 steps)

Tuesday, August 27 – walk/jogged 36 minutes, biked 22 minutes (12,757 steps)

Great suggestions from last week about ways to get my head straightened out about the training that I have to do before my event in October – thank you! This week I’m looking for ideas about how you work in a quick walk (or whatever your “go-to” exercise is) even when you don’t feel like moving. Your thoughts are always much appreciated!


    A walking partner is a great help, of course. It’s not always easy to get a daily one in your life, but maybe you can cobble two or three together and that would help some days?

    If I’ve done no exercise by about 5pm, I remind myself that I will sleep much better if I get some walking done. I’m a lousy sleeper, so that’s very motivating to me. That’s the closest I’ve ever come to having a set time for exercise, but lots of people swear by that method.

    If it’s hot or cold or the allergens are high, I find it helpful to use a video or the treadmill or to march / dance to music or while watching a show. An alternative to counter my most common excuse makes a big difference.


      I hadn’t thought about setting up a time by which I need some activity every day – that’s a great idea! Also the idea of getting some workout DVDs that I like. I used to have all of Leslie Sansone’s walking programs on videocassette but those went the way of the dodo bird when my VCR died, so perhaps I ought to replace them.

      Thank you so much for the great ideas and for coming by for a visit!