Trudging on the treadmill

My new routine on Sunday mornings is to go for a long walk – 2 hours.  Last time I did this from home I covered just under 9.5kms.  Today the weather wasn’t that good so I decided on a long walk on my treadmill instead.  I was pleased with my efforts – 7kms in 1 hour.

I know walking on the treadmill is different to walking out in the real world – but if I can work on this pace – and add in more inclines than I did today, I have a shot at doing the city2surf in two hours!  The main thing is today proves to me that if I continue to train and work at it I can definitely do the 2011 city2surf in under 3 hours.  (Inclines – today for the first time I kept the incline up at 2 for over 50 minutes – and increased it to 4 for short intervals.)

But here’s the thing – how many calories can I count for this hour of exercise?  According to the treadmill its 650 calories.  My runkeeper app says 446 calories.  And www.myfitnesspal.com says 980 calories!  Well, I’ve left the entry of 980 calories on myfitnesspal.  However, rest assured I don’t intend to eat all those calories tonight!

Shift in Attitude!

Today is Tuesday, so that means an evening Zumba class.  I was looking forward to it all day.  And then during the drive to the class I couldn’t wait to start moving to the music.  I can hardly believe it!   I can’t remember when I last looked forward to doing exercise like that!  Sometime back in the 1990’s no doubt.

The class was great fun – I can’t believe an hour goes by so quickly.  And despite the fact it was 8 degrees celsius outside (and probably inside too) I was working up a sweat in no time.

 So, if you’re trying to find an exercise that is fun and you can join in with whatever your fitness level, I highly recommend giving Zumba a go.

And if you try it and you’re not too sure – try again with a different instructor.  I am doing classes (including the Curves circuits) with three different instructors.  I really enjoy all the classes – however, the classes are different because of the different personalities of the instructors.  But what they do have in common is fun choreography and infectious rhythms.  Its changed my outlook entirely.  So much so, that I am quite disappointed that the Saturday morning class isn’t on this weekend because of the long weekend. 😦 As I drove home I kept thinking, “What will I do on Saturday????”  And then I realised I can do one of my Zumba DVDs.  No excuses for not moving daily.

So, Zumba or no Zumba, find something you like doing – something that makes you smile.  And before you know it you’ll be looking forward to exercise too.

Back in the groove

Just back from a Zumba workout.  I realised just how much I’ve missed it once I got going.  It was a packed class, it was a special class, a fundraiser for a local Out Of School Hours Centre.  Its great when there are so many people joining in.  So glad I gave it a go!

Looking forward to the 9km walk tomorrow.  I have treated myself to some new tracks on my iPhone for my walking playlist.  As long as I can do it in under 2 hours I’ll be happy.   I’ll be using the runkeeper app on my iPhone – it helps keep me motivated to do my best time.

 http://www.mswalk.org.au/nsw/

Its a fundraiser for MS – and its not too late to make a donation by sponsoring me – even if you’re reading this after I’ve done the walk 😉

http://register.mswalk.org.au/2011-MS-Walk-and-Fun-Run-Sydney/leoniegray

Of course, if you are reading this an hour or so before the start time and you live in Canberra, Melbourne or Sydney its not too late to enter yourself.  In Sydney there are also  5km and 16km walks as well.  The 9km walk in Sydney will go around Darling Harbour, The Rocks, Sydney Opera House and the Botanic Gardens.

Blacktown City Fun Run 2011

Well I didn’t run – I walked a whole 10kms! And I did it in 1 hour and 58 minutes and some seconds.  My aim was to do it in 2 hours so I’m pleased with that.

http://www.blacktowncityfunrun.com.au/

That’s me in the purple shirt at the 1km mark.

http://www.abbeydigital.com.au/ev/110522Bf1/e2/pages/N2349.htm

And here I am at the finish line. And I’m pleased to say I can almost manage a smile.

 

Tuesday Zumba

Tonight I went along to the Tuesday night class with Marcela instructing.  It was my fourth hour long Zumba class.  There were over thirty other Zumba lovers there on this chilly autumn night.  What great fun it was to be a part of a bigger group.  Angela was also there as a guest instructor, and she led some of the tracks/dances.

My coordination is getting better, and I can keep up with most of the movements.  I even got a little hip action going tonight.  I “walk” through some of the more exuberant jumpy movements – as my fitness improves I’ll get a handle on those.  My right knee hurts a little on some of the bends – so I take it carefully – remembering what Fiona said at my first class about listening to my body. 

I worked up a sweat and released a whole lot of endorphins.  I’m going to have a lot of fun side stepping the lap band surgery!

Zumba!