In November, Samantha of Running and Cupcakes challenged everyone to do 30 minutes of exercise for 60 days in a row. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the challenge because I’m a big believer in rest days, but I figured I’d give it a try.
And I succeeded! Most days I did more than 30 minutes.
My end results for the challenge?
46 runs, 7 circuit workouts, 6 workouts on the elliptical, 2 workouts on the stationary bike, 3 yoga sessions, and 1 walk. While some of the workouts were at a lower effort, only one (the 2 mile walk) did not feel like a workout.
What I learned? My body does well with “active rest”. The easier workouts made me feel better than not working out at all would have. In fact, I planned to keep streaking, right up until about 6pm yesterday when I realized it just wasn’t going to happen.
This past week was physically exhausting. I was burning the candle at both ends and the middle. I was staying up too late and getting up too early (and getting disruptive sleep due to Shoo coughing all night for the last few nights.) This week was also mentally exhausting. In addition to getting my blog moved, I did a webinar for work that I’ve never done before. Not only was the prep for it a lot of work, there was a horrible technical failure during the webinar. Nothing like planning to train people on a live system, only to have them not be able to get in. Thank goodness for an extensive powerpoint presentation LOL.
Could I have worked out yesterday? Sure. Jones was home with me, but I could have hit the treadmill, or the weights, or my new favorite, Bex Life on Youtube.
But I didn’t. I decided a break was more important than an arbitrary goal. And some days, that’s ok.