I found myself close to Red Rocks again today so I went up to do the stairs again.
I even jogged a little bit. I have to start slow so even if I look like a wuss, I just have to do it.
First I stepped up the seats - leading with the right leg... then back down to the bottom to go up again leading with the left leg. Wow gee, my left leg is really weak. I feel like a total out-of-shape Biggest Loser contestant plodding along while other people sprint around at high altitude breathing like it isn't even work!
Wow. I just cannot get my act together to get exercise in.
Today, I went to meet someone for a hike at Red Rocks. I got there early and walked the bleachers twice. (Good for the glutes and quads) More athletic people run the bleachers for exercise - but between my extreme out-of-shape-itude, the altitude and my asthma - I went for the toning - not the cardio.
Blows you away though to watch a perfect phyisical specimen of a 20 year old male just jet up the bleachers in like - 5 seconds. Holy cow! - and if I were 20 years younger!
Then I hiked the trails around Red Rocks for maybe 2 miles. It was great exercise and really beautiful.
The highlight was watching some bridal party with their photographer stop by for a group photo with the rocks as a backdrop. The bridemaids had turquoise blue dresses and I can just imagine how great that picture is going to look against the rusty red rocks!!
All it took was a little shopping (encountering mirrors) and excitedly getting out my spring clothes only to realize that none of my pants button... to get me out the door and exercising.
I did a little yoga at home with a DVD. Then popped into a free class on Sunday.
Then Thursday after work, I boogied on over to the park to roller blade! It was gorgeous out - and I did three loops around the park (one big one, two small ones) for about 5-6 miles.
Wanna know how out of shape I am? I didn't even get a quarter of a mile and I could feel the burn in my glutes and thighs. This worried me as I still had 2 more miles to go before I got back to the car! But once I warmed up I was fine. But I am still feeling my glutes three days later.
I managed to find excuses not to go blading for the past three days... and tomorrow there is supposed to be snow on the ground again! Bah!
I'm loving the time change! The sun is still up when I get home from work. So I laced up my shoes, and did a few laps around the walking path in the park which is just a block away. I know. What excuse do I have?
I brought my little 6 pound weight ball on the walk, to work my arm muscles a bit. I like to pass it around my torso like you would in Basketball practice... and hold my arms out straight with the ball in my palm for resistance. Then also alternate arm curls. It's not much but it's a nice little addition to an ordinary walk. When I'm more ambitious I use it for crunches... or lying flat on my back and tossing it in the air... Actually I have an 8 pound ball for that. Makes a good chest press.
I do not run. I don't really have a desire to run. Except for the fact that so many people seem to enjoy it - and it's something it seems like my body should be able to do.
The park next door has a little man- made hill... with a ramp up one side (for dirt bicycles I think) and rugged rocky terrain down the other side. So to push myself, I thought I would run up the ramp, and navigate the foot path down the other side a few times. I ran up an down about four times... and then took three laps walking around the park catch my breath. I was seriously winded!
In fact, I got the little wheezy sound in my throat that calls for my asthma inhaler - so I promptly went home and took a hit!
TRS Accountability: One pathetic walk with weight ball.