It is still winter here, and ice coats the roads and sidewalks, so getting out for a walk or run is more suicidal than anything. I practice my chiwalking when I can, but until the roads clear up a bit, I'm limited by my desire not to end up with a broken arm or (yet another) sprained ankle. I want to do something before spring to improve my fitness, give myself a confidence boost and get a head start for when the roads clear and I can run without threat of hospitalization.
In an effort to counteract the effects of sitting in my chair all day thesis-ing (or trying to thesis) and eating my parent's food I'm embarking on a series of fitness challenges:
* The 100 Push-ups Challenge
* The 200 Sit-ups Challenge
* The 200 Squats Challenge
* And the Yoga Journal 21-day home practice challenge
It may seem like a lot, but the first 3 only require a commitment 3 days a week, for 10 minutes each, so a total of 30 minutes for a push-up/sit-up/squat session, 90 min a week total. And the yoga sequences vary in length from 10 minutes to 45(-ish). I should add that all of these are free - even the 21 video sequences for the yoga challenge. I love free.
The push-ups/sit-ups/squats challenges (henceforth known as p/s/s) have you do as many p/s/s's in a row as possible for a baseline a few days prior to starting the challenge. Did that today, and I will begin all of the challenges in earnest Post-PAX on Monday (really don't feel like doing yoga crammed in a hotel room in front of my friends).
My starting numbers:
Push ups: 10 (from the knee....never been able to do a proper push-up in my life)
Sit ups: 35
Squats: 65 (WTF?!?!?! and yes, I triple checked to make sure my form was correct. I am a squat monster, hear me roar!).
Yoga: too fluffy to gauge, but I can easily touch my toes and do some sort of yoga at least once a week, so I'm not starting from scratch here.
Anyone want to join me?