So lately everyone is asking me about my exercise routine. Well, if you had asked me 6 months ago, I would have said….”I don’t exercise”. I did not start my exercise routine until March 2013 (a year into this journey). I KNOW that exercise is good for me in so many ways, good for my bones, for my stamina, good for my brain, etc. …but doing it is another subject all together.
Well I had hit a bit of a plateau, so I challenged myself to my first 5K. Being a Disney freak, I decided my first 5K needed to be at Disney. After signing up for the Expedition Everest 5K (May 4, 2013), I had 2.5 months to prepare!!!! I visited the gym with a friend and found that I had better stamina than I thought. I joined Anytime Fitness and it began. I have a friend who encouraged me, so I put together a “circuit” for myself.
I did not want to be the person who spends hours in the gym and walks around wondering what I am doing next. So now I am somewhat settled in my routine. I go to the gym probably 3 times a week. I am there for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
- ELLIPTICAL 15 minutes
- MACHINES 9 machines
- TREADMILL 30-40 minutes
On the machines I do them in the groups of the 3 machines (i.e. 3core machines, 3 rounds at 15 reps each).
I have used the couch to 5K program to time and measure my time on the treadmill; I try to go just a tiny bit farther every day. I have found that I just don’t have great endurance, so I just can’t run very long for each stint, but I run walk at a good clip and I am down to a 13.5 minute mile, NOT BAD, at least I think so.
I travel lots on the weekends with my husband for his work, and I am finding myself looking at where I am going to walk/run while we are there. Recently we went to Austin for the weekend, and over a 3 day period, I covered 16 miles. Now I am shocking myself. I just keep saying to myself “I’M NOT WHO I ONCE WAS”!!!!!!
Is it a perfect workout, uh, I don’t know and really don’t know that I care at the moment, what is important is that it works for me, I like it and I am doing it. I am developing muscles! My endurance is growing by leaps and bounds!!!! My body is changing!!!! I feel wonderful!!!! So it works for me.
When it comes to your exercise, just find a place to start, but don’t wait for it to make changes. You have to combine being accountable for your food with the exercise. Find something that works in your life; don’t try something that requires you to change your entire life immediately. If you start there, you won’t keep doing it, it has to work in YOUR life!!!!!
Zana Elliott, MS, RN, FNP
Integrative Medicine of East Texas
Family Nurse Practitioner-Owner