It’s muggy and awful outside. I wouldn’t even want to go out there to exercise today. Gray skies, light rain – nothing about today is inspiring to exercise. I can hear the birds singing so I guess they are enjoying the weather.
This weather-induced apathy somewhat ruined my plans for the day, as did my wardrobe options. I was going to put on exercise pants so I would be inspired but I find myself dressed in the least likely exercise clothing clothes possible, a long flowing lady like dress. I’d like to say “what was I thinking” but the reality was – I didn’t think, my brain rebelled. So, after my exercise, housework, editing and posting a blog routine, I am going to do some hand quilting listening to the growing pile of e-books I have borrowed. It’s the only activity I will do whilst listening to e-books (I much prefer reading to hearing).
I usually write this blog after I exercise, but today that is not going to work. Today, I started the blog and then I have run up and down the stairs 5 times and done 10 squats. I am about to repeat the process – be back in a few minutes with a small success I hope.
I am back. I just did 10 push-ups, 10 squats, 5 stair runs (blood was definitely pumping!), 10 more push-ups, 20 squats, 20 crunches, 20 bicycle crunches, 10 super mans (these could actually be my favourite activity once I am on the ground – I really should do more of them) and a side plank on each side. Strangely they seemed more manageable than a standard plank which is not my previous experience at all.
This form of motivation may be actually working. In Edu speak I would be chunking my “exercise hour” into manageable bites. So far, I am at about 15 minutes of exercise. Usually when I do this type of thing I only do 30 minutes. Mind you if I wasn’t in a dress by now, I would actually be inclined to brave the repulsive weather and head up to the gym. But alas, I am going to keep doing chunks of exercise. Not sure what I am doing next but maybe some running on the spot.
First up – I will put the washing on. Be back after my next batch of exercise.
Okay that session was a killer. I am still sweating! I started out with 20 push-ups off a medium height counter (I vary the heights of all my push-ups – it has a positive effect on my ankles), 30 squats – which I did try to film but it didn’t work, 30 crunches. I think that was all I did before I decided to do 5 minutes of running on the spot knee-high. Who’s stupid idea was that. After 45 seconds I was buggered, blood pounding in my brain so it just turned into HIITs (High intensity Interval training). I didn’t plan it but my phone went into lap mode and I did 45 seconds of knee-high heart pumping running on the spot and 30 seconds of rests. I managed 8 of them. Pretty impressed with that. And I may do some more exercise later on but I have hit about 30 minutes of dedicated exercise time. I have plenty of other incidental stuff to do today involving breaking down boxes (Amazon must love us!) so I am pretty happy with what I accomplished especially given my initial state of mind. Chunking works – and not just for academic stuff 😊