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Tired but Succesful

Monday, March 22, 2010

Well, I went to the gym. I came very close to not going, I confess. I really didn't want to go. I could go tomorrow, my inner brat said (to borrow the term from 41HealthyCindy); I'm tired. But really I just really, really, really didn't want to go. But I made myself go anyway.

I did 30 minutes walking on the treadmill, including about 5 minutes of warm up and 5 minutes of cool down. I have never used the treadmill before, but I'd read that you should raise the incline and even though I was aiming for a more relaxed workout (so that I wasn't over doing it) I still wanted it to be a decent work out, so I set the incline at 9 and the speed alternating between 2.5 and 3.0, trying to find a comfortable but brisk walking pace. But 2.5 didn't seem quite enough and 3.0 seemed to be too much, because my heart rate hit 180 and I was exhausted before I was half through, even though I wasn't actually breathing all that hard. So I'm a bit confused. I guess I need to experiment with it some more. I also wasn't sure how to enter it into sparks--there all sorts of things like percent incline and how many minutes a mile you go and stuff--but I'm not sure how level 9 translates into % incline. I did 1.3 miles, which wasn't great, but is better than having spent the afternoon on my couch.

I feel ridiculously out of shape for someone who's been working out regularly for over a year. emoticon

Then I did strength training, a mix of some new exercises (because I thought it a good time to mix things up) and some old ones. That part went okay.

And, hey, I went to the gym. I really didn't want to but I did anyway and that has to count for something.
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  • KOMAL53
    Are you mad??????Treat your body with respect as well as love----don't take unnecessary risks---please!!!!Take it from one who has truly suffered---better to be safe than sorry!!! emoticon emoticon
    3954 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    Are you nuts? Putting the incline on level 9 which is like the high end? The first time on a treadmill? No wonder you were exhausted. I can't even do a level 9 incline. Level 1 is a low incline, I think level 9 is about a 45% angle (off the top of my head). OK, now then here is what I do on the treadmill. First I warm up on an level incline. Then I start doing intervals. Playing with speed and incline levels, some of them level for a break. I have never reached an incline higher than level 3 and thought I was doing great.

    I wouldn't worry about the incline and getting a good workout until you can easily do the walking at a 0 level incline. I never worried about it until I felt I wasn't being challenged by my walks on the treadmill. I wouldn't want you to re-injure your hip by trying to do more of an incline than you can comfortably do.

    Try the treadmill at 0 - 2 to start. No wonder you are so wiped out after a workout. You are probably in better shape than you know. Most people I know don't use the treadmill at level 9 except as an interval.

    Feel more energized soon!
    3955 days ago
  • SAASHA17
    U worked out..yay U/...

    So listen this is wat i do on the treadmill..I go on incline 6-7 and maintain 2.7...or go on 3 and go really mom taught me that...incline like 11-12 and speed huigher, so its easier...

    but dnt do too much of it, as it may hurt ur knees...

    I am thinking of getting those shape ups from skechers but they r expensive ..they r supposed to help u tone..lets see..
    3955 days ago
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