...I did not struggle with weight growing up, but after getting married and having five kids, I had moved solidly into the "overweight" population. In 2006 I was able to lose the extra pounds (50 of them) and get to goal. But staying there, that is another story. Slow but steady, the weight has crept back on over the years. So here we go again ...
I'm a lucky gal. I actually enjoy exercising indoors and I have a home gym with which to do so. I have NO excuses! We started with just a treadmill, then got a bike, then an elliptical. We switched out the upright bike for the recumbent one we now how (pictured above). We do have a full weight set in J&G's gym as well, but the topic of today's Motivation Monday is "Favorite Cardio" ... so I'll stick with that today.
My go to cardio is the elliptical ... it's just the "easiest". Now when I say that, I don't mean it is easy, as in it's not a workout. It is. I sweat. But it doesn't require much (if any) prep. I hop on the elliptical for a quick 20 minute session several times each day. I don't bother putting on my HRM (I have a few times, enough to know that my machine is overestimating, and the Fitbit is a bit too) or even stop to put on shoes ... I wear slippers on my elliptical. I am usually in my workout wear (sports bra, comfy pants/shirt, etc.) but even if I'm wearing normal clothes, I could get in a quick workout without having to change.
I also wear slippers on my stationary bike ... but it does take a bit of prep to get ready for a ride on it. I move my Fitbit from my bra to my sock. This means I had to stop and put on socks, as I normally do NOT have socks on. I move my Omron pedometer to my sock as well, and I do usually set the timer on my Fitbit. I'll often put on a HRM for my bike rides, and I need to make sure my Ipod is ready to go (for reading or watching a show). I wear slippers on my bike too. I usually go for 30 minutes (8miles) although I have been known to go further at times. The HRM gives me what I believe to be the most accurate reading for my calorie count (about 160 for said 30min/8mile ride). The bike usually says about 200, and the Fitbit overcalculates (often 300+) so in addition to prep before the ride, I always need to go in and correct the burn on Fitbit.
The treadmill gives me the most bang for my buck IF I'm jogging or upping the incline. Some days I just don't feel up to that, and I use it for just walking as well (while watching a show on the TV in my gym). I know many dislike the "dreadmill" but I really like knowing my exact speed (makes intervals easier) and distance, and being in control of the incline.
Those are my three go-to cardio exercises. For quite a while, I've been hitting all three many days each week. I keep track of each with a "streaks" calendar and report in at the end of the month.
I do enjoy other cardio activities. Several years ago, I joined a meet-up group for some pick-up soccer games. That was SO much fun! Hubby and I used to play racquetball quite often. I really miss racquetball and would like to get back to doing that! In a Throwback Thursday post, I mentioned going ice skating at the Olympic Oval. That was a fun workout! I have started going to a Zumba class on Tuesdays, and while I originally wasn't a huge fan, I've continued to go back and look forward to it each week. I bought the Wii Zumba and have tried that a few times at home. I have a few cardio DVDs & Youtube videos as well.
Last Thursday was a "completely cardio" day for me. I hit four different 30 minute sessions of my various cardio exercises. 2.5 miles on the treadmill, 8 miles on the bike, 6 miles on the elliptical and some Zumba with the wii. It was interesting to do four different cardio workouts, all of the same length and then compare how I felt upon finishing the workout and contrast the calorie estimates (Fitbit estimates shown above, I did wear my HRM for everything as well, it was actually quite close on most of these. As the Fitbit calculates "steps" you can see the distance for bike and elliptical are off what the machine readout said).
A quick linkup with Marvelous In My Monday recapping Valentine Weekend ... it was a HORRIBLE weekend. Not anything to do with Valentines, but I did overeat Saturday, hitting my highest calorie intake since I started tracking (you can sneak a peek on my Day to Day Doings or I'll recap the week on Friday). As today is President's Day, it's still "the weekend" and not a normal routine day. I'm SO looking forward to tomorrow and getting back to my routine, getting my Motivated "Monday" (on a Tuesday) back and hitting my favorite cardio (got zumba, elliptical, treadmill and bike on the schedule)! Linking up with Motivational Monday blog hops Nikki, Kristy & Barb ...