Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Cross Training


I guess I should have looked up the definition of Cross Training before I started this post. Since that would be to laborious, I've decided to give you my definition. (See the stuff you read online may not always be accurate.) Reader Beware!
My definition is just this: Exercising 4 to 5 times per week using different muscle groups on opposing days.

How am I going to accomplish this? Let me tell you... it has been a HUGE brain struggle! I've been warring with myself for a couple of months over this. My brain has finally won. I've decided to Nordic Walk 2 to 3 times a week and Swim 3 times a week. My body has become somewhat stagnant with just swimming and due to concerns over osteoporosis I needed to get in some bone building exercise.

For Christmas I received a new pair of walking shoes and have really been trying hard to do my foot exercises each night. Urban Girl and I took our maiden walk on New Year's day (before I came down with the crud, again). It was great! It took very little time to adjust to the Nordic Poles.(bought a pair about 8 months ago when my foot was in really bad shape.) I originally bought them for extra stability in my walking, but they are also great for an upper body work out. I was huffing and puffing in no time!




While we were out on the battle field I realized that swimming is definitely my favorite sport. When I get in the pool, even if I don't feel like working out. I still do it. I mean something in me just keeps going. With walking, when I get tired my brain says, "time to quit. Let's go home." I don't feel that surge to keep going. So adding this in will be a challenge for me.
Also, there's the sweat factor. I know it is good for me, but I'm sweating at 40 degrees! GROSS!(I just needed to rant)
The weather has been quite chilly down here so I won't be doing much swimming this month and with feeling puny walking has been on hold. I've also been warring with myself over changing my eating and where the accountability lies....... Yeah, deep I know.
julie

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