30 Days of Movement
By Kate G.
After following a rigid training schedule for a few months in preparation for a big race–like the half marathon I just completed–I need a new routine. I feel strong and accomplished, but also a little burned out. My solution is what I like to call “30 Days of Movement.”
I completed 28 days of a similar challenge in the late spring after I finished another long-distance race, and it felt great.
The idea is to move your body for at least 20-30 minutes every day for about a month. That can mean 20 minutes of gentle yoga before bed, or a 10 mile run. It can mean a Jillian Michaels workout DVD, or a walk at lunchtime. Go for a swim. Lift weights while you watch evening TV. Be flexible and have fun shaking up the usual routine.
Since my race, I’ve completed 8 days in a row of my personal challege:
Day 1: 40 minutes of a Sean Corne Vinyasa Yoga DVD
Day 2: Level 2 of Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred DVD
Day 3: Brisk 40 minute walk at lunchtime
Day 4: Gym workout, including 3 mile run, 10 minutes of biking, and weight lifting
Day 5: 30 minutes of yoga
Day 6: Level 1 of Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred DVD
Day 7: 40 minutes of Exhale Yoga DVD
Day 8: 5 mile run pushing jogging stroller
I think this can be a great approach to exercise for the Holiday season–just get a little something in every day. Anyone with me?