By now, Christmas is stashed back in its box, the tinsel is vacuumed, less desirable items returned and now it’s the middle of January. The. Middle. Of. January. Blech.
After my marathon last month I’ve taken some well-earned (I think) rest and have been spending more time at the gym on the elliptical. Doing this a few times a week allows me to get my cardio training done while I read and study for my personal training certification. It’s the perfect place to study undisturbed for 45 minutes or so. (If you see me at the YMCA mouthing words and touching my body parts I’m not a weirdo, I’m just studying!)
I was at the YMCA yesterday morning, studying while on the elliptical and I was on it about 10 minutes when I realized that while I was going at a good clip, I wasn’t sweating or breathing very hard. Wow. I may have well been sitting on my butt at home watching tv! I wonder how long I’d been slacking and immediately cranked up the intensity to a more challenging level. Finally breaking a sweat I realized I’d fallen into the cardinal trap – routine. I had been hopping on the machine, setting the intensity and incline at the same level every time. I’d gotten (dare I say it?) lazy.
So here’s something to try the next time you are working out. When you hop on the treadmill, elliptical, bike or stair climber, add some intensity to your workout. Mix it up a bit, make it a bit harder for a few minutes at a clip and give yourself an extra push. Do this every other workout and you’ll see better results and increased fitness in no time at all!
Now go run!