Full of enthusiasm and determination for this new fitness goal, my husband and I headed off to the gym for the second day. Looking to save on gym memberships, we headed back to Rockwell Hall Fitness Center this morning at Little Creek, available to military members and their dependents. Cost of gym = Free. Read more about the backstory to my fitness goal here. I know, for me at least, it’s motivational to see people’s goal progress. I hope by writing about my progress, it will get you motivated to start a fitness goal; the least, it will hold me accountable to keep on going.
My wish list
To tone my arms and abs. These are the two areas I store my fat first.
My chosen activity for today
- Elliptical = 35 minutes total (including warm up and cool down), 3 miles total
- Chest Press = 3 repetitions of 10 counts each
- Shoulder Press = 3 repetition of 10 counts each
- Hip Abductor = 5 repetitions of 20 counts each
Day 2 of my toning quest was a success
Now I know I said on the Day 1 that I will work on my lower portion today and give my upper torso a break from rowing yesterday; but, I actually was feeling fine and so I went on and add a little bit more of upper torso exercises. I tried not to over do it though.
Total time at the gym = 1 hour.
A more scenic alternative to exercise
Little Creek Base has a beach area fed by the Chesapeake Bay. It’s about a 2 minute drive from the gym, within the base installation. This beach hardly offers waves, making it prime for paddle boarding. Beach cost = free.
When I used to run, I participated in the annual ASYMCA Mud Run that runs through a section of the Little Creek beach. It was actually pretty fun. I had to run, crawl and walk through mud, water, sand and pavement. Crossing the water was the hardest for me in that the water was not clear so I was freaking out what sort of creatures live within it. Haha. Everything else was pretty easy, providing you trained for it.
I decided to participate after my oncologist gave me the go a head signal, about 2 years after my chemo and radiation treatments ended. It was a celebration, so to speak. The mud run is not free but the proceeds are donated back into the military families to boost morale.
This is a pretty big event and is open to military family and civilians, with some fine print; however, it caps at 2,500 participants, so register early if you are interested. My kids have also participated at this event before under the Mini Mud Run kids bracket, which is only a mile long. The next mud run is on August 11. Find more information about it here. I do not get any compensation for sharing this information.
The elliptical gives me the feel of running, minus the stress on the knee joint. If you are looking for a scenic alternative to exercise, check out the beach at this base. If running is not your thing, swimming is also a great full body workout.
There are shaded tables and benches for a beach picnic too. Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen and water.
Please consult with your doctor(s) regarding starting an exercise regimen. Your doctor(s) will be able to help you create a goal based on your medical history. Please also listen to your body, it will tell you if it’s had enough.
Do you prefer to exercise alone or with a partner? How do you stay motivated to exercise?
Until next time.