An Interesting Choice
I think there are a few of reasons Jen would like me to comment on where I am. First, I am in one of my focused phases. Second, if I write it down and go public it will force me to make it happen. And finally, after training for years at the facility where Jen worked I understand the concepts of what you need to do and have developed a workout I really enjoy.
First and foremost you have to get your heart rate up into the zone. And keep it there. During one of my prior focused phases I did this by riding my bike and had excellent results. However, after spending time with some pretty knowledgeable personal training type folks, I now realize at my age or at any age for that matter you need more. Here’s what I have going on and how I got here.
The jumpstart was reading a post on Facebook (Patty Guarro???) about a streak a man had going of running at least one mile for something like 16,000 days. That’s over 43 years!! So I decide to start a streak of my own and I currently have a streak of 8 weeks where I have worked out 5 days a week. My goal is to make it 6 months, maybe a year but 6 months is the current goal. One of the problems with me losing focus in the past was doing mundane workouts spending too much time doing one thing. Running for an hour, pedaling a bike or an elliptical machine; whatever; it got old and most of the time I was in pain.
My workout now consists of M, W and F hopping on an elliptical machine (with a heart rate monitor on) and going hard for just five minutes. Pretty easy stuff! I then hop off and do a set of bench presses, get back on the elliptical machine for just another five minutes. By now my heart rate is well up into my zone. After my stint on the elliptical (BTW you can substitute cardio of your choice) I then do a set of back exercises, then get back on the elliptical for 5 minutes, then some curls…by now you get the idea. On Tuesday and Thursday instead of weights I substitute BOSU push ups, birdfeeders, air squats, planks, crunches. Core and balance stuff!