Good Thursday evening! First off, I just wanted to say THANKS for the support on Gymnertainment this morning! For all you early adopters who were quick to download and have already hit them with “me,” I’m so pumped you did!
So, this week, I’ve sort of been testing something out. This week I decided I would not run or really do any intense cardio beyond my two 45-minute spin classes. It took me a little while to reach the decision to try this, but here’s what I was thinking.
- Walking is just as healthy as running.
- All my runs lately have just felt slow and forced.
- I’m not a runner.
- I don’t need to run right now. Sometimes, I need to run but right now, I have nothing to work through. In the fall, I needed to sort of re-find my passions. Now, I’ve got them. Sooooo….no thanks, five-miler!
- Running requires me to wear hideous white-girl shoes.
- Walking does not ruin my hair.
The whole idea was mainly motivated by the last point, which I’m sure you understand, as that’s the point everyone agreed with most on my Top 10 Reasons Being Healthy Sucks.
Still, mentally, it wasn’t easy to say I wasn’t going to do hardcore cardio. I mean, I really love hardcore cardio. But I really love cheese. Eating a whole block of cheese would make me really ill. The less often I have cheese, the more I appreciate it when I do. And, really, the better it is. (I originally tried to write that metaphor as a sexual one; then I realized, nope…never…never too much of a good sexual thing.) Anyway, I thought by taking a full-out running break, I’ll eventually start to miss it and really like it when I do feel the need to go do it.
I also had to remind myself that not running wouldn’t make me gain weight. I mean, honestly, running doesn’t help me lose weight. Actually, I don’t even really do cardio for weight loss at this point, I really focus on what I eat because I think that’s the main factor…so even considering weight gain/loss was kind of useless.
Well, I don’t know if I’ll be running anytime soon because let me just say that walking is magical. My face glows and I sweat from the neck down, but my hair stays perfect! This is life-changing, you guys. I’ve gone for three walks this week, each between 45 minutes and an hour and a quarter. I love it.
- I can do other things when walking, like send e-mails or have phone dates with friends.
- Because I don’t walk as often, it always makes me feel sore/more toned (no matter how great of shape I’m in).
- Even though I’m working, it feels less like work.
- I can walk later in the day and won’t say awake all night.
- I can wear my black-girl shoes.
Besides the walks, I’ve also been doing Core Fusion and pilates for the 2.0 Challenge; but because all the DVDs are in 10-minute segments, I’ve been breaking them up throughout the day. A little before lunch, something before bed…so while I spend the same amount of time working out, because none of these exercises causes me to drip sweat like a girl in a Ying Yang Twins song, I don’t have to shower immediately after. And I kind of like working out throughout the day; it’s a nice way to break it up and to stretch and move and get away from my desk.
I’m sure a lot of you are are like, “Duh, you dumb bitch, WALKING! STRENGTH TRAINING!” but I really didn’t “get it” until now. I used to feel like I had to be soaking wet for it to “count” but now I realize how healthy I feel (and — OMG, Core Fusion — how toned I’m getting!!!) with this laid-back but yet still effective approach. I mean, it may not make me super sweaty, but Core Fusion is pretty hard core. Today, in one ten minute segment, I screamed “HOLY SHIT” twice and emitted three moans loud enough to wake the dogs. I’m sure it won’t be too long before some imminent tequila night/texting fail/relationship debacle gives me a reason to run again, but in the meantime, I’m loving this!
Oh except today when I was walking I heard ALL this commotion behind me and I’m like, “WTF who is this heavy breather!?” It was this old man whose skin was whiter than Caspers and he was huffing and puffing but then he passed me and kept on going! I was totally offended. I mean, I know I’m not a runner, but apparently, I’m not a walker either.