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Monday, June 24, 2013

New Favorite Exercise App!

I sincerely apologize for being so distant with this blog!! I really love to share all the exciting things I discover, but I will be the first to admit, I'm still adjusting to the move we made last year.  Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love everything about where we are living, and the school my kids are attending, but the adjustment has been huge as we have changed everything about our lives.

From country living to city, from being 15-20 minutes away from the nearest stores/friends/civilization to being 5 minutes from everything and seconds away from friends. (There are 6 families in our court that we go to church with each week and have kids the same age) I've also started to work a few hours a day, first time since 1998 when we moved back home and decided to start a family.  I could go on and on, but who wants to hear the details?  We moved. I am still adjusting. Period.

Okay, the reason for this post.  THIS APP!  I love it!  I like to be active, I really do, but I have feast and famines when it comes to it, so to have an app break things down into baby steps I can do is heaven sent!

The app is from the site Couch-to-5K and it's only $1.99.  I'm all for the free apps, but this is so cheap and it gives you SO MUCH.  Just the daily break down to help get you from walking to running is so wonderful and to have the phone talk to you couldn't be easier. Who can't run 1 minute with a 1 1/2 minute recovery? The app even tells you when to walk, and when to run.  No checking your watch or doing any math!

I have to say though, I tried it for the first time last week and nearly died.  My joints and lungs are just not ready for running I guess!  Yes, 3 minutes of running, with each minute separated by walking was still too much (it happens) so I only did half the workout.  Boo hoo, right?  NOPE!

Being stubborn and set on being in better shape, I went even easier today, I skipped the app and used a different one called Endomondo and I walked.  This app uses GPS to track your workout.  It's cool to see how far you've gone--and you can even share it online with everyone, if you like.

I am really trying to do things differently with my lifestyle and getting up early is one of them. (Hardest challenge e-ver!) So, this morning, the sprinklers woke me up just before 5 and when my alarm went off at 5, needless to say, I was pretty awake.  Hoping to fall back asleep, I laid there.  Often times, I want to go for a walk, but just don't know where to go.  I need a destination, a plan, a goal.  "Just walking" won't get me out of bed.  A scene popped into my head, a scene not too far from my home and in fact, the one that got me excited about moving here, did it.

So, I went for a walk and it was beautiful, I even saw a deer and a couple of different friends along my route! Who knew?! When I started this morning, I thought this would be nice to do daily or at least a few times a week, but about half way through, I realized it's a lot more time than I expected.  1.5 hours later, I checked my phone and it said I did 5.5 miles!  Woohoo!  But one and a half hours is not something I could do everyday, or even often.  But!  Now I have a goal to work towards.  If I was jogging this route, I could have done it under an hour, and with the Couch-to-5k app, I know I'll get there!!  :)


*I am not endorsed by anyone, I'm just a gal trying to get in shape before hitting the big 4-0.



6 comments:

  1. hope you had a great experience during your walk..good post

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  2. That's great! Anything that can help you rise and shine and achieve your fitness goal for the day is good. I agree. Simply walking along a place might not be enough to motivate people, but if you can plan your route such as the scenery you'll pass by, it'll be more conducive for your plans.

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  4. I was running 3 miles a day last summer and since house hunting and a knee injury I haven't ran much since. I really want to get back to it and I have heard this was a great way to work up to it. Then reading after reading this post I am inspired! I am going to do it!

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