We are now one-third of a way through the year and my fitness routine has fallen apart. I was doing fairly well through March but then Spring Break came and things went haywire. I need to once again get back into a routine and make more of an effort to stick to the program. My stats so far are as follows:
12,000 steps per day 90/120 Some yoga each day 95/120 100 days of planking 54/61
14,000 steps per day 57/120 Strength/cardio 6 days/week 83/102
The goal for May is to walk at least 12,000 steps every day, practice the plank hold daily, do some kind of exercise for at least 8 minutes every day and to swim/bike/walk for at least 30 minutes 3 times. We’ll see how things go.
What are you doing to stay fit this month?
Last week’s stats – yoga/stretching 7/7; cardio/strength training 6/6; at least 12 minutes 7/7; at least 12,000 steps 7/7; plank hold 6/7
Stats look good but it was a struggle to get them. I was up late one evening walking round and round my downstairs trying to hit 12,000 steps. The new strength training plan is causing my knees to ache. I’m not sure it is going to work out for me. I’ll give it another week but I’m looking for something else. Maybe I should make an appointment to get some help with picking exercises that won’t bother my knees.
Not really much else to say today – hope you are doing well with your goals.
Here’s the update for how I’ve done so far
January – yoga/stretching for two and a half minutes per day – 28/31
cardio/strength training for two and a half minutes 6x/week – 21/26
steps – 420,192 daily average 13554
February – yoga/stretching for three minutes per day – 28/28
cardio/strength training for three minutes 6x/week – 14/15 – did not count the 10 days I was gone
steps – 378,571 daily average 13520
The plan for March is at least 6 minutes of yoga/stretching per day, at least 6 minutes of cardio/strength training 6x/week, at least 12,000 steps per day and practice and increase my plank hold every day.
What are your fitness goals for this month? Please share in the comments.
I’ve been in a bit of a funk since I got back from Israel and haven’t done much in the way of fitness. I forgot to take my fitbit with me – left it charging at the computer when we left for the airport. I was really bummed because I was looking forward to some record breaking days. Several people in the group did have their devices so I was able to get an estimate of steps for the trip. Overall it was quite good but I’ve done little to no walking since then. It has been frigid again and the kids were off school three days this week. I’m behind my goal although I’m not sure how far behind – need to check my records and make a plan to get back up to speed.
Haven’t done much with the cardio/strength training since I’ve been back. I did do some type of stretching/yoga everyday of the trip and most days since. I need to learn to roll with the changes in my schedule – that is still a difficult thing for me. I’m not good at being spontaneous, I tend to get in a bit of thinking rut and spend way too much time bemoaning the changes instead of dealing with them.
I’ve found a strength training plan that I’m going to try. Not sure if I will be able to pull it off but since I’m going for developing the habit of exercising, I’m going to do minimal repetitions and hopefully I’ll manage it.
What do you do for fitness when the weather is so dreadfully cold? I’d love to hear your suggestions. Please leave me a comment. Thanks
Last year’s first goal was to walk between 3,650,000 and 5,000,000 steps. My final total for the year was 5,034,294. I made a strong push at the end because I wasn’t sure how much walking I’d be able to do with the holidays and our getaway. It paid off because I reached 5 million on 12/29/14. I did at least 10,00 steps on 327/365 days(89%) and over 13,700 steps on 207/365 days(56%). This year I am going to try for a minimum of 12,000 steps per day and a stretch of 14,000 steps per day.
Last year’s other goal was to swim between 26,000 and 52,000 meters. I did not even come close with a total of 3200 meters for the year. I wanted to do more swimming last year but putting a distance on really brought out my resistance and did not work for me. I am working on how to get myself motivated to get to the pool more often but I’m not going to make it a goal for the year.
I’ve been doing my short yoga/stretching routine at least once every day and I’ve been trying out some weight training exercises. For cardio I did some roller skating with the boy, some bowling with the family and a 15 minute ride on the stationary bike. I’m going slow and hopefully by the end of the month I will have developed the habit of doing some kind of exercise most days. Then next month, I can add more time each day.
How did your fitness goals go last year? Are you working on anything for this year. Leave a comment and let me know what you are doing to stay active this year.
I’m still on pace to hit 5 million steps so I’m thinking that for next year I’ll try to add a few more – maybe shoot for 5 and a half million steps.
This is my list of possible goals for next year – I will not be attempting all of them – just one or two
– riding the stationary bike for 5 miles – see what my baseline time is and then try to halve it by the end of the year
– setting a distance goal for riding the stationary bike
– doing 10 “real” pushups
– swim once a week, starting distance of 250m and moving up
– jumping rope once a week, starting with one minute and working up to 10 minutes
– daily yoga or stretching for at least 5 minutes
I’m still mulling over things and trying to see how everything can work together. What are you planning to do fitness-wise in 2015. Please let me know, it might spark my thinking process.
Update on this year’s fitness goals – original goal in bold and updated goal in italics.
Steps – 10,000/day = 3,650,000 minimum 13,700/day = 5,000,000 stretch
As of 6/30/14, I have walked 2,468,083 steps which works out to 13,635/day which puts me about 12,000 away from my stretch goal.
My new step goal is 10,000/day to reach 3,650,000 minimum and 13,761/day to reach 5,000,000 stretch
I think I can keep up the pace for the next few months. The challenge is to get ahead by November when the holidays and weather may put a cramp in my ability to meet the daily goals. We’ll see how things go. I’m definitely pleased with the progress so far on this goal.
Swimming – 26,000 meters minimum 52,000 meters stretch
As of 6/30/14, I have swum 1800 meters – a far cry from my goals. I have just not been able to get myself motivated to get to the pool. I’m hoping to do better but it will be a miracle if I manage to make it to my minimum. I’m just going to focus on getting there twice this month and we’ll see how many meters I can manage.
How are your fitness goals coming along? Anyone want to share?