Wrap-Up: 30 Days of Exercise

It’s done. I did it. I managed to get some form of exercise for 30 days straight, thus knocking off another item on my life list. Final evaluation? It’s not so hard.

Let me explain.

When I put that item on my list I had no intention of trying to do hard core exercise for 30 days in a row. I just wanted to push myself to move. Admittedly, I have a fairly specific idea of what constitutes exercise and my goal was to exercise every day and not just say, “Meh, that counted.” Well, my friends, I think I had three days where I determined at the end of the day that what I had done that day was just gonna count. That’s the way life works sometimes, and I’m okay with it. (Mostly.)

Having said that, some observations:

  • A loose definition of exercise worked better for this than a strict one. If I had forced myself to bust my butt for 30 days in a row I probably would have psyched myself out by day four. And I didn’t push myself to do 30 minutes every day. Sometimes 20 minutes of yoga is enough. 20 minutes of Jillian Michaels’s 30 Day Shred is definitely enough.
  • My determination in the beginning to focus on the goal of getting outside more — to get fresh air and just be in that moment — was one of the best parts about this. I breathed it in, and it felt damn good.
  • It helps to sweat. The three days that I decided I could count, but just barely, involved walking. I did some intentional walking on a few of the 30 days and really walked - I went long and far and hard. I did hills. I walked until it made me sweat. On the days I just strolled, I sort of felt like it wasn’t really enough.
  • I need to incorporate more yoga into my life. I knew this already and that was one of the reasons I was excited about this challenge. In the end I did more yoga than I had originally intended (which was partly due to rolling my ankle halfway through the month) but it left me in a much more calm and centred place. My flexibility is better for it too.
  • Variety is good. Variety is very good.
  • I really like a good, push-yourself, kick-your-own-ass workout. I need to do that more often. Jillian Michaels and I will continue to be friends.
  • I like running. I miss running. I’m incredibly annoyed that I hurt my ankle because it put me off running for a good part of the 30 days.

So there you have it. Not so hard and, in the end, really kind of beautiful.

snowy path


 

Comments

  1. Part of the reason I started the Shred was because of you and this 30 day challenge you set yourself.

    I decided on the Shred because it’s just 20 minutes and I figure, I can squeeze 20 minutes daily.

    I decided to take a break every Sunday though, because I know myself, I need breaks! So far, I’m doing good, and I hate to say it but I kinda love the Shred.

  2. I’m so proud of you for pushing yourself like this! I’m back on track with exercising each day and it feels darn good! I do think its time to try yoga though. From what everyone says, it’s worth it.

  3. you have inspired me more than you know.
    Thank you for keeping us up to date.

  4. Congrats! You should be very proud. I don’t know many people, myself included who would even attempt such a thing – in the middle of the winter, no less!

  5. That is seriously awesome and very inspiring! Congrats!

  6. Congratulations on meeting your goal. I like how you make it into something doable for you, and weren’t hung up on it being exact or perfect.

    I need to get back into an exercise routine.

    I’m also jealous of your beautiful snow!

  7. You have been inspiring. Each time I saw you get out, every day, it reminded me that I haven’t been exercising, and I miss it.

    Part of me really wants to know how this affected your body. Do you feel stronger? Did you lose weight? What are you going to keep doing now that the 30 days are done?

    But you don’t need to answer those. Because I get that the point of this was to just do it. And I’m so glad you did it! :)

    • I keep meaning to answer this question and keep forgetting. Of course, it’s been a month since then…

      I definitely felt stronger after doing this, especially after being pregnant and inactive for a while. I think I lost a little bit of weight but I actually didn’t really pay attention.

      As for what next, I’m going to keep choosing a focus for each month and am currently struggling to find time and motivation to exercise. ;)

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