Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge February 19, 2020

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The Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge is hosted by Long and Short Reviews.  This week’s topic is: types of exercise I enjoy.

When I was young, I loved riding my bike everywhere.  Or, if I was lucky, I could use my roller skates to get around.  Both were first choices anytime I could make them.  Now that I’m older, however, skates are not my friends and there aren’t a lot of places to ride a bike that don’t require a car trip to get to first.  So, I’ve had to adjust my thinking when it comes to getting in a little physical activity.

Walking is always a good option.  Even if it’s just to the mailbox at the front of our housing subdivision, it’s still a nice change of pace.

Strength training became a favorite of mine about fifteen years ago.  I started out with mostly bodyweight exercises and have progressed to dumbbells and kettle balls since then.

When the girls were little, going to the park and chasing them around was the best kind of exercise I could get.  Currently, we’re contemplating whether or not to get the kitten a harness and take her for walks.  God only knows, she’s as much trouble as a toddler.

Yoga, hands down, is my favorite form of exercise.  I stumbled into it via PBS about 25 years ago and have been in love ever since.  There’s something very empowering about how I feel when I’m done with my yoga practice.  Recently, my younger daughter has taken to yoga, which thrilled me to no end since she and her sister used to practice with me when they were little.

Lastly, is my Peloton.  Now, I guess I could have said ‘exercise bike’ and been done with it, but there’s something more to riding a Peloton bike.  It’s like a spin studio in your home.  You have live and on-demand rides you can choose from, so there’s always something new to try.  The instructors are amazing, and the community even more so.  You can make friends and ride together, chasing each other on the leaderboard all while giving each other – and total strangers – virtual high fives.  I know, it all sounds ridiculous, but it’s highly motivating.  My first ride, seven months ago, my output was 79kj and 126 calories burned.  My most recent ride?  A new personal record of 189kj and 406 calories burned.  That’s how motivational this thing is (for me).

What do you like to do to stay active?  I’m always looking for new things to add to the rotation!

22 thoughts on “Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge February 19, 2020

  1. What’s a kj? And I’ve discovered Peleton has an app for your devices that offers all their classes that you can do either on your own equipment or just outside, etc. It has everything from treadmill and bikes to yoga, jogging outside and even meditation. I’m seriously considering it, especially after seeing all your Facebook posts!

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    1. Kilojoules, it’s how Peloton measures your output.

      The app is amazing! I use the meditation ones often, as well as the yoga. I sent you an email about this, but the app really is worth it. Also, they dropped the price at the beginning of the year so it’s cheaper now, too. And the instructors are fabulous.

      Hahaha… I need to get back at it. The last couple weeks have been hectic, but I need to return to annoying everyone on my feed with my Cody posts. 😀

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    1. Yoga literally changed my life as far as stress and anxiety management! I love my Peloton, more than I thought I would, honestly. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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    1. It’s a lot of hard work, but if you pick the right instructors, you almost forget how hard it is! And it really is a lot of fun. The random high fives from people I don’t know really push me on. 🙂

      Thanks for visiting!

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  2. Whatever works for you. The pricetag on the peloton was prohibitive to me. But hey, if it works then it’s worth the price. My best motivation has been the medals at the end of the races and beating my time, so there we go. 🙂

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    1. It was expensive, but at the time, we had four of us in the house (only 3 now), and we were all using it. So, that, in the end, made it worth the price. Cheaper in the end than gym memberships. Plus, if it gets my two teens doing something active, then it’s more than worth the cost.

      One of my favorite instructors likes to say, “You do you, boo” and so we do whatever makes us happy. Seriously though, whatever motivates you to do what keeps you healthy, then it’s worth it.

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      1. Oh yeah, if more than one person is using it, then great. We have an exercise bike and DH loves it, but the seat is terrible. But, I do a fitness app and have my gps watch that make me move, so I’m good with those because you’re right, you do you. 🙂

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  3. So much variety. Love that! Variety is the spice of life and one of the secrets to not getting bored with exercise. Hubby and I used to have a tandem bike. I’m not great at solo biking so we tried a tandem. It was such fun! I didn’t get as much exercise out of it as I could have, though. Sometimes I’d cheat and just sit on the back and let my feet go round and round as he did the heavy pedaling. LOL

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  4. All of those sound like wonderful ideas, though I doubt a Peloton would survive in my household. I did a lot of bicycling as a kid, too.

    My post is here.

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  5. Aymee, you sound wonderfully fit! I have friends who swear by yoga and I keep thinking I must give it a go but I’m soooooo inflexible. My childhood ballet teacher spent every lesson in despair of me. An excuse, I know but it sounds valid in my head!

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    1. Yeah, no, not even close to fit, but I’m working on it.

      That’s why they make props – blocks and bolsters and straps and things. If you can find a good teacher, they’ll show you how to modify for all flexibility ranges. Because I had none when I started and while I’ll never get my leg behind my head, I’ve come a long, long way.

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