I couldn't help but laugh at myself yesterday. While at the gym I did my normal routine, but I'm trying to kick it up a notch. Keep reading...
First thing I always do is warm up on the treadmill. Recently I have started using a higher incline instead of walking farther. Makes sense, right? Might as well work harder for a shorter amount of time then an easier workout for a longer period of time. It definitely pushes me hard and I'm huffing and puffing while walking "uphill". I usually do a mile and increase the incline every two minutes working my way up to at least a 10% incline, maybe more. For the last 2 minutes I released the incline back to 0 and cooled down a tiny bit.
Right after that mile "hike" I jump over to the stationary bike. I have been super interested in biking recently and have been adding it to my routine regularly. Yesterday I biked for about 15 minutes for a total of 4 miles on the level 8. I would like to do RAGBRAI for one day next year and I know it's going to take a lot to get my body ready for that.
At mile 2 I was starting to really lose my motivation and I thought I would wait for the calories burned number on the bike to hit 50 calories. For some reason that was a decent stopping point for me? But, once I got to 50, I didn't feel like I had worked hard enough so I kicked it up a couple levels and powered through 50 more calories.
Wanna know how I got through those 50 calories? My OCD is about to be exposed here...
I watched the number on the screen and as soon as it changed I started counting. Each time I burned a calorie, I started over. Every 8 seconds I burned a calorie. I did that for the last 50 calories, or approximately 7 minutes.
Now, I'm not sure how accurate the equipment is there. When I plug everything into My Fitness Pal it says I burned much more than that. I don't really use the equipment for a calorie count though. I do monitor everything else though, and I try to keep my heart rate above 150 during the entire workout. Yesterday I kept my heart rate between 120-150 for 35 minutes! The day before that was 40 minutes!
It feels good. For sure. Now, that I have my planner I have my workouts mapped out for the week and I am determined to make them a priority. Not just for my body image issues, but for my health and to be a good role model.
Do you have an weird rituals that get you through the last few minutes of a tough workout?