Thursday, February 26, 2009

Time to Change It Up

I am sore today. And very tired.

Yesterday I did an extra hard workout tape with Amazing Becky. It was a Jillian Michaels' (trainer for the Biggest Loser) workout. Even though it was the beginning level, I had to work out a lot harder than I normally push myself to do. I was actually sweating {whereas during my regular workouts I just get a nice glisten started and then hit the shower}. But with Jillian my thighs and triceps are sore.

Actually, I really like exercising--just not so hard I get so sweaty that I get those big sweat stains on my clothes. Yuck. And generally not the same thing for too long a time period. I get bored too easily.

Here are my favorite workout routines:

1. 5 minutes on mini trampoline followed by 10 minutes of aerobics. Repeat two more times, varying the aerobics styles (1st time low impact, 2nd time step, 3rd time high impact).

2. 2 minutes on mini trampoline, 1 minute free weights, 2 minutes making beds/picking up clutter quickly. Do this five minute cycle 9 times for 45 minutes and a cleaner house.

3. 10 minutes kickboxing tape followed by 20 minute yoga workout; 10 more minutes of kickboxing tape followed by 20 minute pilates workout.

4. 2 minutes step aerobics followed by 1 minutes free weights for upper body workout, 1 minute mini trampoline, and 1 minute lower body exercise (i.e., squats, lunges, etc.). Repeat this 5 minute cycle 9 times.

5. 2.5 mile power walk--often this is up and down my street so I can watch the kids playing in the front yard (I live on a short street); occasionally I add bursts of running, but I am really not built to be a runner.

6. 5 mile bike ride (not so boring because the scenery changes enough to keep me interested).

These are the workouts that I have used for the past several years. But I guess doing the new workout tape proved I need to change things up a bit. I guess my body is too used to doing these favorite workouts. Or I am just not pushing myself as hard as needed. I have not been sore for several months, so that kinda proves the point.

So I think I will set a goal to try a new kind of workout at least twice a month for the next three months. I have been thinking it would be fun to do an in-line skating workout. I also enjoy tennis, but haven't played for a while (about 5 years)--anyone know of a free court to use around here? If I throw in a new workout tape or two I think I can more than meet my goal. I will let you know how it goes.

Scripture of the Day: Titus 2:4


  1. Impressed that you work out. I need to get a routine going at all. You have good ideas, too.

  2. That's a great goal Becky; good luck! I am nervous for when I hit a plateau because I know I can't work out any harder than I am right now. It's going to make it hard, I think!

  3. That's the poopy thing about exercising--your body adjusts. It's seem pretty counter produtive of your bodies to do that, doesn't it? And it takes so much time but I like all your creative ideas!

  4. Good for you for doing all those different exercises. I am so impressed you have been able to stay motivated for so long!

  5. Great job! I love love love Jillian Michaels. She is a goddess among women...lolol...

    Anyway, keep it up!!

  6. My primary president did aerobics in her home dojo for a R.S. midweek about a month ago, and we made her start doing it every Monday. I usually recover by late Wednesday. It is awesome -- and incredible how lazy I am without a "coach."

    p.s. You look amazing!


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