Saturday, April 28, 2012

New Fitness Goals 2012

Over a year ago we joined the gym! You may remember me talking about it here.

Well a lot has gone on in the last year, so I wouldn't say there's a HUGE difference. But it's still helped create a life style change for sure.

Now that Luke is getting older, I think it'll start being a bit easier to exercise when/how I would really like.

Yesterday I had a fit test & personal training session at the gym... thought it'd be good to compare my stats from last year and hopefully see some improvement. I did, yay!

I've lost 3 lbs since last year... but honestly, weight isn't so much as issue as body fat & tone.

I have reduced my body fat by 5.5%... so it's now at 18% which put me in the "athletic" part of the body fat chart (lol... I don't really consider myself athletic at all!).

I'm stronger than I was this time last year, and added 4" to my sit & reach (almost out of the "poor" range - oh my!). Cardiovascular I'm tons better. I'm still in the "moderate" range but this time last year I was barely in the "fair" range... so MUCH BETTER :)

So my new plan...I want to continue to run... but I supremely suck at it. Even after training for the Indoor Tri I did. I really don't enjoy it and I always felt like I was doing something wrong. Come to find out... I have a pretty weak lower back & hip flexors... which is causing my quads & hammys to overwork which is what is making it hurt so incredibly bad to run. I learned some exercises & machines to use to help build those up AND stretches to help as well.

I'm also going to start being diligent about working on strength. My personal trainer teaches a barbell strength class on Thursday nights... so I'm going to redo my schedule (I'm probably going to have to cut out back on at least one spin class) and try it out. I'm a little nervous (to say the least)... but at least he's the instructor and he had me do the basics yesterday. It's definitely OUT of my comfort zone... but that's a good thing (I really need to remind myself of that).

Found this on pinterest... I'm going to try to always keep this in mind:

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Also with Jake graduating preschool soon, I can start going back to yoga then! I think I need it at least once a week to really stretch and help muscle movement range.

So that's what's new with me. Think I'm going to do a Mud Maxx run the beginning of June with some friends... that helps give me an extra push... as I'll be the "granny" of the group! ;)


Unknown said...

Thanks for this! I'm 6 years away from 50 (GULP!) and have let my body go the last few years. I recently got back into martial arts after an 8 year "break" and have made the goal to get my black belt before I turn 50!

Anonymous said...

Hi T ~ So good to have goals and also to see how far you have come since this time last year! YEAH! Love, Aunt J