Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Exercise Update

I have been doing more barre workouts lately, and as a result I feel stronger and more flexible. Plus, I feel I can finally make it through a tough barre class the way I “should.” I am also lifting more weights again, something I wasn’t that serious about for a while.

Because of other activities, I haven’t always reached my goal of 70,000 steps per week, but that’s okay as I know that I have been active.

I still love my Fitbit to track how many steps I walk per day, and it really motives me to walk more the next day after having a low-step day.

Here are my recent weekly Fitbit progress reports:

Fitbit Update March 4Fitbit Update March 11
Fitbit Update March 18Fitbit Update March 25

I also started hiking again, and I look forward to more hikes, which should also help with my weekly step total. On my first hike in a long time, I noticed that I was seriously out of shape when it comes to very steep hills. It’ll be nice to go hiking more regularly again and working on my “steep hill stamina.” Smile 

Here are a few pictures from our recent hike: 


And some animals at the farm at the end of the hike: 


Questions: What’s your favorite exercise at the moment? I am really looking forward to regular, challenging hikes. How often do you mix up your exercise routine? I tend to get into exercise ruts easily and have to make a conscious effort to mix things up every month. 

Be well,
Andrea

20 comments:

  1. I definitely need to add more strength training to my routine - cardio isn't going to cut it on its own.

    We still have temps in the 30's - so no hiking in my neck of the woods, but I've been finding interesting workouts on Pinterest!

    p.s. I didn't get my daughter an Easter basket this year either, so you are not a bad Momma for not getting one for the older son!

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    1. Pinterest has some great workouts!

      Well, since our kids (my older one) are the same, I don't feel bad anymore regarding the Easter basket... :)

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  2. That's awesome! I need to get some motivation, some more steps in, and some more ST in - great post! My favorite exercise at the moment is definitely walking... it needs to be abs but I feel like i'm at the bottom of a hill looking up - ugh!

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    1. Walking is great, and it's great that you are getting quite a few walks in! Your abs will come back, just give them some time! :)

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  3. I wish I can get to hike.. i love it but it's just not possible these days with a small baby. I hope when she can stands longer walks in the stroller, we can go hiking! :)

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    1. I'm sure there are many great hikes in your and Sofia's future! :) I miss the days when the kid used a stroller and (for the most part) loved it!

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  4. I like strength training but the most enjoyable thing I do for exercise is hike in the woods with my dog - he needs to get out and it gets me out for an hour too, on top of whatever other exercise I do. Love it!

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    1. The hikes with your dog sound nice! :)

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  5. Wow! You are doing great!
    I want to start hiking again. It is one of my favorite activities too!

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  6. Greta,

    Wandern ist immer für die Seele Erholung.Ich wünsche dir wenn möglich viele schöne Wandertage!

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  7. Good for you, Andrea! It sounds like the Fitbit is really helping with motivation, plus it just looks like fun! Your hiking pictures are gorgeous - I especially love that panoramic. I can see why you enjoy hiking so much :)

    I've been stationary biking, mostly, but I'm looking forward to getting back into running. The first few times are tough, but, like you, I just need to work on my "running stamina"!

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    1. Yes, the Fitbit is really motivating! :)

      Happy running! :)

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  8. I love yoga, going on walks, and riding my bike but I am trying to do more weight lifting too.

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    1. I plan on adding more yoga back into the mix...

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  9. I'm still enjoying my Fitbit too even though like you I don't always reach my goal! It's still super motivating! I love those pictures and if I could see goats a the end of my walk, I'd be getting 10 millions steps a day! I LOVE goats!! They are so funny and cute! I'd love to try a barre class one day. They sound like fun!

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    1. We'll have to take a barre class together one day!

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  10. I'm glad you've been making it to barre more often and feel good for it! Yay you!

    I don't have any exercise update since the last time I talked to you, but by making some really small tweaks to my diet I've lost a couple more pounds and am now (barely) under my pre-pregnancy weight, which is pretty exciting.

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    1. I think you looked great throughout your pregnancy and since Baby G's birth. Just saw the most recent FB pic - you look fabulous!

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