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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