I took the plunge! My first workout didn't kill me!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Since I had no clue how to do a workout I looked at several videos of Nichole's, chose some strengthening exercises and completed 30 minutes.
I had purchased the introductory set with the pedometer, ball and resistance bands. I inflated the ball, which I thought was a workout in itself! And it sat in my living room staring at me for 2 days!
Ok, so Saturday morning when the hubby was out playing golf I made up my mind that it was now or never. I printed off my chosen routine and got to work. I then learned several things.
The stability ball is hard!. Might be a little too hard until I strengthen up a bit.
Also, as I feared, I had quite a bit of pain on the floor...second lesson learned---get a mat!.
I found I really like the resistance bands, alot.
And I SWEATED! I will just have to get used to that...not real fond of it yet.
I bumbled around a lot, had some real muscle burn but figured that was cool.
The only real negative was when I was done with the stretching I was pretty nauseated, felt a little bad for about 30 min.
Afterward it was WOO HOO!!!!!! I felt energized all day.
As a next day follow-up, I'm not a sore as I thought I would be. Only my shoulders and upper arms a little. I would say either I did pretty good or I didn't do them right. I want to think I did them right. We'll see.
I am still a little intimidated but with a few changes in strategy this may be good.
Now to figure out how to do cardio at home with this bad foot. Can't run, walk up inclines etc. Still trying to figure that one.

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    Hi, it's great that you got on that ball. It kind of scares me. I was wondering what you did your foot? I still have a swollen ankle and hurting knee from my accident. I am limited to what I can do also. I think your doing great. Keep up the good work. emoticon Sue
    3770 days ago
    Congratulations. I think you worked out just fine. If you were too sore you wouldn't be able to work out again anytime soon and then your motivation might have slipped! Keep at it. emoticon Dona
    3771 days ago
  • PEGGO45
    hang in there.
    Maybe try working out in the pool... easier on the foot and no sweating....
    3771 days ago
    emoticon ! You're started off great! A great cardio move with a bad foot is squating until comfortable and doing some boxing...punching hands in front of you! Gets the heart rate up quick! Kudos to you for making that first step! emoticon
    3771 days ago
    Great job getting your SPARK going! Woo hoo!

    You know, even just sitting still but doing windmills with one's arms you can work up a sweat, i.e. cardio benefit...

    Keep up the super SPARKING! :-)

    3772 days ago

    I had the same reaction with the stability ball. I was like "whooooo... that wasn't as easy as I'd thought it would be". LOL

    I like the resistance bands too, and I use them a lot at night when just watching tv in bed. I've actually started laying there with my legs up on the ball as well. It's not really a workout, but at least it keeps my muscles moving a bit while I'm zoned out on the tv :)

    3772 days ago
    emoticon You are off to a great start. I still don't use my ball much but I love my resistance bands. Just remember not to over do it. I wouldn't want to see you burn out. Have an awesome week :)
    3772 days ago
    Love the blog ~ a great description of your first experience. Yes we do sweat when we work out and I am thrilled that you did it. You must be so proud of yourself. I am thrilled for you. You are right the ball is a real challenge and if you haven't work out before I can see that being a great challenge. The bands are fun and yes they really do work on your muscles ~ so make sure to find a good balance for yourself.
    I am so happy for you emoticon
    3772 days ago
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