The other day I started brainstorming an outdoor workout that would get me moving and allow me to enjoy the beautiful weather we're having. After over a month of rain and cold it has been absolutely warm and gorgeous this week.
This morning I decided to give the workout a try. But the actual getting to the working out part took me way longer than I'd anticipated.
First I decided to rewrite the circuit since my first draft had been done on the fly and it was pretty sloppy and hard to follow.
Then I realized I didn't want to keep pulling the paper out of my pocket. And I knew I'd definitely need a reminder or two since it's my first time doing this circuit.
I know some folks are able to just get out there and go, but I'm really new to this consistent exercise adventure. I needed structure and a plan close at hand!
So I whipped out my masking tape and sharpie and made a little list that I could stick onto my new ipod holder.
I'm all geared up when I remembered I still had my Xmas mega mix on my ipod from this workout. I knew I needed some new tunes to get me going. So I exchanged Let it Snow and Carol of the Bells for a few songs that were sure to keep me grooving (That new Cee-lo song totally does the trick!)
By the time I had some oatmeal and finally laced up my shoes, it'd been almost an hour and I still hadn't worked out! But I was determined to give it a try!
I headed outside and started the circuit.
1) Lap around the parkThere's a number 6 and 7 to this workout too but it took me almost an hour to get through 1-5! The lap around the park includes some hills, stairs, and some lovely views... whoo!
2) Rocky stairmaster workout (all the way up the stairs, stretch at the top, back down, up 2/3, down, up 1/3, down)
3) Lap around the park
4) Rocky stairmaster #2
5) 3rd lap around the park and cut through the park to my favorite bench for strength training.
I felt really proud of myself (and sore too!)
I will definitely do this circuit again but next time I'm hoping the gearing up will be smoother (and will include sunblock). It gets easier right?
Here are a few pics I snapped after my workout during the cool down.
View from the top and the bottom of my Rocky stairmaster workout
View from the north side of the park (including a glimpse of the bay). Also the future site of my lunges. I didn't do any lunges this time but I got quite the leg workout anyway.