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Summer Workout Plan

Posted Jun 17 2009 6:06pm

Now that summer’s here and my schedule is completely free, I’ve been thinking about how I’m going to rev up my workout schedule.  Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

  • Start each morning with the Wii Fit because it’s a nice way to ease into activity for the day.  It’s definitely not a hard core workout by any means, but I do like the daily check-in aspect of it.  Plus, the balance is a challenge for me (according to the Wii), so I’m determined to master it and to stop getting messages like, “do you trip a lot when you walk?”
  • Continue my daily walking routine, but ramp it up.  The Walk-It Challenge ended with 45 minutes of walking, which isn’t enough time for me to complete a 5K.  At my 18-minute mile pace (on average), it would take about 55 minutes to complete the 5K.  In reality, though, the last 5K I did took about an hour and half.  I’m going to try to whittle that time down, if I can.  So from here on out, I’m going to try to walk for at least an hour each day.  Sometimes I’ll walk in the morning, but I can also see myself doing it at dusk.
  • Ride my bike. A lot.  I love the ease of being on my beach cruiser.  Because of the way the handlebars are located, I love being able to sit up and enjoy the scenery.  I plan on riding it to my parents’ townhouse complex pool (see below) several times a week, but I also plan on riding my bike to the farmers market on Fridays and to the library.  And I’m sure I’ll go on longer rides on the weekends.  I want to try to borrow my dad’s truck (the only vehicle that’s big enough to hold my bike) and take it to Half Moon Bay again to ride along the beach.
  • Swimming at the pool at my parents’ townhouse complex.  I really am looking forward to do this, but the weather around here has been fairly cool lately, which is strange for this time of year.  I’m hoping it will come up to normal sometime soon so I can start swimming outside.  I plan to ride my bike the 3 miles to my parents’ house and then spend a good portion of the day swimming, laying out and reading, and then biking back to my house. So, that will be a 6-mile bike ride round trip, plus however many laps I do in the pool.
  • Aqua Class.  Over the last month or so, I haven’t had a chance to go to the Aqua class at 24 Hour Fitness as much as I’d like to, but I really want to get back into it.  Now that summer’s here, I have the option of going in the morning or the evening, which is nice.  I can play it by ear depending on my schedule for the rest of the day.
  • Yoga. I still have quite a few classes that I can take at the yoga studio I was going to with BFF.  I haven’t been in months, but I think a bit of Bikram would be great during this summer vacation, especially on days when it’s not too hot.  Although, does it really matter what it’s like outside when the Bikram studio is over 110 degrees?  Plus, I have the Biggest Loser Yoga DVD that I bought a while ago, so either way, I’m going to make yoga an almost daily thing.  I can’t think of a better way to end the day that with a bit of yoga, can you?
  • Kick boxing. CTLB told me a few months ago how much she was enjoying the kickboxing class she was taking, and since there are classes offered at 24 Hour, why not?
  • Zumba.  I never made it to a Zumba class over Spring Break like I wanted to, so I’m definitely planning on checking it out this summer.  Again, since it’s offered at 24 Hour, why not?
  • EA Sports Active.  This should really be higher up on the list, since I just bought it and haven’t checked it out yet.  In fact, as soon as I’m done writing this, I think I’m going to try it out.  I plan on doing this a lot over the summer.
  • 30 Day Shred.  I did manage to stick with the 30 Day Shred, although I never raised it past level one, because that was difficult enough.  This summer I plan to really stick to it and make sure I can get through all 3 levels.

So, those are all of the activities I’m planning, but what about a schedule?  Since it’s summer, I’d rather not tie myself down to anything too specific, plus plans are always in flux, so I want to be able to fit the workouts in to the rest of my day.

I’m thinking the plan will go something like this:

Morning: Wii Fit and either 30 Day Shred or EA Active (everyday)
Mid-Morning or Early Evening: 1 hour walk (everyday)
Early Afternoon: Bike to pool and then swim laps (2-3 times a week)
Evening: A class at 24 Hour Fitness (Zumba, Kickboxing, or Aqua class) (2-3 days a week) This will be done on days I don’t do the biking/pool thing.
After dinner/late evening: Yoga on either the Wii Fit or BL DVD.  Unless I’ve gone to a Bikram class in the evening. (every night).

It sounds like a lot, I know, but what better way to jumpstart my weight loss and kick up my workout routine.  I know I won’t be able to maintain this type of schedule when school gets in, but I’m sure some of the activities will become a habit, and I’ll be able to maintain at least a few.

P.S. – I’ve decided that I’m going to quit smoking on July 3rd (the day after my birthday), so I want to try to shake up my routine as much as possible so that I am not bored and hopefully won’t crave a cig.  The more active I can stay, the better off I’ll be.

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