Welcome to Readers’ Workouts, our weekly gathering of bookish folks doing active things. Join us to share your exercise stories and find companions for the fitness journey. How was exercise for you in the past week? What are your plans for the coming week? Link your post below or tell your story in the comments. Hop around to encourage and support everyone’s progress!
I made it to Level 2 of 30 Day Shred by Jillian Michaels as planned this week. The big scary thing about Level 2 are multiple exercises done from a plank position. That wasn’t too bad for me since a couple of the yoga DVDs that I do feature planks so I was pretty well prepared (although it would have been easier if I’d done those two DVDs in recent memory).
Unfortunately, the last of those moves is a plank twist and every time I twisted to the right my right hip popped. It wasn’t painful, but it freaked me out. I’ve had three arthritis flare-ups in my hip and would very much like to avoid any more. So, I moved on to Level 3 after just two workouts at Level 2. Level 3 is harder because of the way that strength and cardio are combined, but it didn’t cause any joints to pop so I’m much happier with it.
From some bad scheduling, I ended up doing 30 Day Shred two days in a row (I’m aiming for every other day), so I went back and did Level 1 for the second day. To make it a bit harder, I tried the more difficult version of the push-up for the first set — what we used to call boy push-ups. And I could do them! I’ve never been able to do those before.
I’m right on track to meet my November goals of 1600 minutes of exercise including 15 sessions of 30 Day Shred.
How about you? What’s up with your exercise this week?