01 January 2011

31 Days of Fitness - Day 1

Happy New Year!
 
Know what that means??
 
31 Days of Fitness starts...now! Who's with me? That means doing some sort of workout every single day during the month of January - whether it's walking the dog around the block or pulling out an Insanity DVD. Mopping the kitchen with a little extra intensity, or training for a marathon.
 
Whatever gets you off the couch.
 
Confession: I'm bored to death with my Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred DVD, and I wanted to try something new. So for Christmas, I was happy to open two more of her workouts - Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism and No More Trouble Zones. Along with that, I also got Bob Harper's Yoga for the Warrior and Cardio Conditioning DVDs that go along with his Body Rev series - think Insanity but with a way cuter instructor.
 
A little backstory: after hurting my knee during the Chicago Marathon and having a persistent right shin splint that refuses to go away, I was desperate to find a good workout that would allow me to build strength and tone without aggravating these nuisances.
 
I found it: Jillian's Yoga Meltdown.
 
Can you tell that I really, really like JM?
 
Plus, M got me a super-cute yoga mat and carrier from Gaiam for Christmas. It just begs you to workout on it:
 
 
After just two weeks of Yoga Meltdown, let me tell you - the stiffness in my quads and hamstrings are GONE. I can do toe touches and actually TOUCH my TOES. Amazing. My shin doesn't hurt - which is great because Jillian's Banish Fat DVD has some explosive moves, which is the reason why I stopped doing Insanity - those explosive plyometrics just about killed my knee and shin repeatedly.
 
So now it's time to get back in shape. Who's with me for the next 31 days? 30 minutes a day, 60 minutes a day, whatever you can do. It doesn't have to be complicated or difficult. Anything to get moving!
 
Here we go...
 
Day 1
 
Workout: Jillian Michaels Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism
Location: My living room
Equipment: Exercise mat, Garmin FR60 HR monitor
Start Time: 10:00am
Total Time: 55:00
Calories Burned: 598
Average HR: 160
Max HR: 189
 
What will you do today?
 
"I never regret it when I do it, but I always regret it if I don't." ~ Anonymous

3 comments:

Momma said...

Well, my cute, exercise-crazy friend, I just finished a 3-mile run on Ft. Lauderdale beach this morning, Jan 1, 2011. Not bad for an old lady. Thanks for being an inspiration. I hope we can work out together again before you go back to being an insane nursing student. carol

Michelle said...

I did 30 minutes of Just Dance on the Wii. Will probably do some more later.

AJones20 said...

I did 40 min. on the elliptical... You rock, love your 31 days of fitness!!