Life just never seems to settle down. There is no “I’ll start working out when I have time”… you’d never start! The past couple weeks have been a strong reminder of this for me. Working a rotating schedule and getting sick on top of family commitments, seeing friends, taking care of the dog/getting her into training, and buying the new house has made free time seem all but non-existent.
Maia ensures that at the very least I get in 30 min of cardio a day and on my days off she gets much longer walks on top of my resistance training. So yesterday I took her on a “doggy play date” and we went on a 2 hour walk on the Mount Vernon Trail. It makes cardio much more enjoyable when I have a companion 😉
Today I had physical therapy and am going to take her for a walk. I think because of the changing temps. and traveling etc, my pain is a bit higher than normal so my strength training will be abs/core. With all the walking and my PT exercises I’ve at least kept my legs toned but I know I’ve lost some strength which is frustrating. On the plus side I have lost a couple pounds despite my less than perfect diet lately.
All of this brings me to point and my latest fitness goal. I need to find the balance between cardio and strength training. I need to start mixing up my workouts again. With working full time and settling into a routine with Maia, My at home workouts have become routine also and just aren’t cutting it anymore. Especially as the weather will be getting cooler and there will be months where 2 hour walks just aren’t going to happen, sweaters aren’t an excuse to give up the “summer body”… time to start mixing up workouts and even if it means Maia only gets 45 min of walking a day, I need to take 30-45 to get to the gym and add back in heavier weights.
***For those non gym-rats, I do think it’s important when talking about “no excuses” to point out that there are SO MANY non gym workouts you can do! Walking/running with my dog is great exercise. Rock climbing as a date, awesome workout. Playing frisbee in these last warm days, Skiing with the winter coming up… you get the idea, just move and mix it up!