I woke up this wonderful Tuesday morning to snow covering the ground. Sigh.
It’s not that I hate snow, it’s more that I hate the cold. And I don’t like driving in the snow. The snow has already melted, so I am happy again…for now. It’s still cold.
1.45 miles treadmill
Butts and Guts class - 60 minutes
Total Pile on the Miles: 20.2 miles
Today in Butts and Guts, we did a lot of exercises with the stability ball.
Butts and Guts is usually about 60% cardio, 30% strength, and 10% ab work. <—– Do you like my mathematician skills right there? Random Heather Fact: Before I started watching my niece in the afternoons, I worked at Kumon Learning Center tutoring kids in a math and reading program.
Back to Butts and Guts….I was saying that the class is about 60% cardio. Before I started taking BodyPump a little over a year ago, about 80% of my time in the gym was spent doing cardio – the treadmill, elliptical, stairmaster, etc. I thought I loved cardio.
Then I started taking BodyPump two times a week and eventually three times a week, and I realized that I loved strength training more than I ever loved cardio. Strength training helped me tone up and gain muscle that I didn’t even know was possible. Also, doing so much cardio left me injured a lot – I had hip bursitis from all the repetitive moments, and I detached my rib cartridge at one point.
I am not saying that cardio isn’t good. It is – it’s great to keep your heart healthy and make you happy. But strength training can change your body in ways that doing cardio exercises can’t. I think it’s important to have a good balance between the two. So, even though BodyPump is my favorite class, Butts and Guts helps me get my cardio in for the day.
After the gym, I had a few errands to run. I think I finally finished getting the stuff for the kid’s Christmas stockings. I am ahead of schedule this year!
In our house, Santa fills your stocking with little toys and treats and that’s the first thing that you get to open on Christmas morning.
I started reading a new book a few days ago. The Secret Life of Bees. Yes, I’m using a coupon as a bookmark.
My mom gave me this book to read a long time ago, and I never was really interested in it. I just didn’t think that it was a book that I’d enjoy. Then, the other day, I was bored and wanting something to read, and I saw it lying there, so I decided to give it a try…now I’m hooked.
I am about halfway through and it’s a really good book. I am enjoying it so far, although sometimes when the author goes into a little too much detail about the bees, I have a hard time paying attention. But so far, I’d recommend it.
Questions of the day:
Which do you prefer: cardio or strength?
Snow: Love it or Hate it?
Do you have stockings in your house for the holidays?