Readers’ Workouts June 19
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My Ireland trip was good for keeping up my exercise minutes. Like any travel, it was mostly walking and what walks they were! We started with exploring Dublin, especially Grafton Street, the area around Trinity College, and St. Stephen’s Green. The tour included many lovely walks around large gardens: the National Botanic Garden at Glasnevin, the grounds of Birr Castle and Knappoque Castle, the garden of Muckross House, Illnacullin Gardens on Garinish Island, the Kilmacurragh Botanic Garden, and Powerscourt Garden. More opportunities for walking came in the natural wonders of Ireland: a walk up to view the Cliffs of Moher and short hikes on the Burren.
I’ll post photos over coming days and weeks. But here are a couple of teasers.
Some of our hotels had fitness rooms, hot tubs, steam rooms and the like. I managed to do strength training only once. I find I’m just not all that confident with weights. I suppose I should have brought my resistance band. But, I did utilize a treadmill and a stationery bike on days that were otherwise light on exercise due to weather or travel. I also managed to stretch while taking advantage of the hot tubs and steam rooms. Stretching proved to be an important activity since it kept things from tightening up during the longer travel days.
Since I’ve been home, most of my exercise minutes have gone into the garden — lots of weeding (complete with well-executed squats and lunges).
As of last night, I had completed 845 of the 1400 minutes I intend to exercise in June. I didn’t set a strength-training or exercise DVD goal for June. I thought I might when I got home, but looking at how much I have to do in the garden, I think I’ll be happy with those squats and lunges.
How was your week of exercise? What are your exercise plans for the week ahead?
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Not sure if it was appropriate to include the link to my latest exercise-related post or not, but there it is.
Oh my gosh, those pictures of Ireland are GORGEOUS! What a treat it would be to get in shape by walking around looking at stuff like that. WOW! When I think of Ireland I think of this lush green color palette contrasted against the muted colors of stone and your pix reflect that. Lovely.
Perfectly appropriate! Trail running sounds like fun!
Sounds like you had a great holiday. Well done for keeping up the exercise. I’m now doing 3 days at the gym every week and in between some cycling/gardening.
That’s great, Judith!
Here’s my workouts for the week!
Thanks! I temporarily broke the Mr. Linky, but he’s working now so I added your link.
Hi Joy! Welcome home! Your photos of Ireland are gorgeous!!!!
I linked up my monthly workout journal–just ignore that part of my name that says “2nd post”–forgot to change that since my last Mr.Link thing over at Beth’s for Weekend Cooking. Oops. 😉
I came in with 355 minutes (almost 6 hrs) last week, which I’m pleased with. I forgot to link up my workouts from LAST week.. which is a shame because thanks to a 70mile bike ride that took about 5 hours, I racked up over 481 minutes (8 hours) of exercise that week! Yay!!! 😀
Keep moving everyone! xo
WooHoo! A 5 hour bike ride really racks up the minutes!
Oh, great pictures. Ireland is wonderful. And, yes, great for walking!
I have been extremely inactive in the last couple of weeks due to health issues and only started doing exercise again yesterday. Hopefull I will get back into the swing of things soon.
Good job getting back to it. I’m beginning to think that the secret to long-term success is the persistence of getting back to it after the inevitable bumps in the road.
Welcome back! I love your photos of the Emerald Isle.
I hope my post this week is OK. It is about the other elephant in the room, as far as I am concerned, diet as it relates to exercise. I can’t go out there and expend all that energy without addressing my eating habits too!
BTW In my book gardening counts!! It involves sweating.
I’m always ready to read about eating as well as exercise!
I’m so glad you highlight everyday actions as exercise! So many people think that exercise is just going to a gym or jogging or swimming. Weeding, vacuuming, unloading groceries, doing laundry – all of these chores provide various levels of exercise to different muscle groups! It’s no wonder sometimes we feel too tired for the gym :0)
Well, I’m running late as usual. I guess, since I missed last week altogether, I can honestly claim “better late than never.” 😉
I love your Ireland photos. That is one of the places I dream of visiting one day. Sounds like you had a fantastic time.
Here’s my link. http://mamawshomeplace.net/2012/06/mad-dogs-and-english/
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