Day 93 – Workouts a la carte

3 04 2010

Home from the mountains today, I wanted to nap, but needed to exercise. I tried the only Exhale Core Fusion DVD I haven’t done yet — Body Sculpt. 10 minutes each of upper body with hand weights, then abs and, finally, very relaxing leg stretching.

“These are probably the most difficult ab exercises you will ever do,” said Exhale Fred as he told me to put my legs on the wall and hold the top of the crunch — pretty much forever!

In spite of some trembling core muscles, I am liking the Exhale Core Fusion series, because you can put together multiple 10-minute workouts specifically for body parts that need work on any given day — and to fit the time you have. With 30 minutes ’til the dinner oven timer rang, I skipped the thighs and glutes today knowing my legs were tired from skiing and that I needed to save those muscles for tomorrow’s long run.

A warm Easter Sunday in the forecast seems like a great day to get back into my sneaks for 9 miles — fueled by the Cadbury cream eggs we will be having in the morning: breakfast of champions!


Day 39 – Can I rewind Monday?

8 02 2010

Some days just get away from you…Monday is my easier/rest day, but even my planned Classical Stretch was cut short. Does 14 minutes of stretching even count? Not unless I can also count the cherries in the Ben & Jerry’s I just ate as one of my five fruit/veggie servings for the day – think not.

All day I thought I could squeeze in the stretch video…emails and phone calls in the early a.m., making class Valentine’s with Zach all morning, cleaning the house so the cleaning lady could clean it… on and on. I thought I could fit it in while the cleaning lady was here, but she brought her husband to help today, and I just couldn’t do that. No one wants to vacuum around a crazy lady doing ballet in her living room!

And a snowy day meant no walking home from school or even a walk for Lottie. I finally hit play on the DVR while feeding my kids prior to basketball and ballet — and then had to take two phone calls. Rewind…pause…start over…I gave up!

And then, after the kids were tucked in tight and I remembered to get the groceries out of the car from earlier this evening… I sat down at the computer to get work done and I realized I can’t exercise while typing, but I can eat Cherry Garcia ice cream. This will not go down as my best fitness or nutrition day ever, so I will relish in yesterday’s long run, enjoy my scoop and work hard to get back out there tomorrow!

Day 26 – Everyday ballet

26 01 2010

My half-marathon training plan has “easy runs” on Tuesdays. I did 2.6 miles and then felt like I needed a dose of stretching. Miranda from “Classical Stretch” was still in Jamaica – poolside – working on balance and foot strength. It was a little embarrassing for her that the bottoms of her bare feet were dirty when she flexed them. That’s what those beach workouts will do I suppose!

I know this lady is on TV, but some how she is reading my mind. She knows just when to tell me to tuck in my hips and offers the right motivation at the perfect moments. Today – as we did some point-and-flex exercises together – she was talking about the foot strength ballerinas have and how important that is to your foundation and balance for any sport. She used to be a ballerina, etc., etc.

How could she have known that I have been talking and thinking about ballerinas lately?? I was sharing with my friends over the weekend that growing up my dance teachers used to discourage running and other sports in favor of keeping your muscles long and lean. And watching my daughter’s ballet class last night made me wonder how life takes our flexible, slender bodies from ballet class as kids and turns them into something else entirely.

Miranda went into a little tangent about how important it is to exercise EVERY day, and that for years medical science told us 3-4 times a week was enough. She said the more we know now about aging, there is proof that as we get older our bodies start falling apart (her words!) and that with daily exercise they basically won’t.

So ha – I’m not going there body of mine. Even in my 40s. I may be far from the slender ballerina of my youth, but in the privacy of my living room, I can still attempt to stretch and move like one!