I have no idea what that's all about, but I'd better start putting my phone in my Kitchen Safe at night so that I don't do anything too embarrassing ;)
It rained all day long today. I had a three mile run on the schedule, but was having a hard time figuring out what I wanted to do. I like running in the rain once I'm out there, but it's really hard to get motivated to get out the door. I thought about going to the indoor track, but that didn't sound appealing, either. I definitely didn't want to do the treadmill.
The schedule says, "3 miles OR cross train", so I decided that today, I'd do cross training. I asked the kids if they wanted to go the rec center, and they said they wanted to play racquetball. If they'd wanted to swim, I would have done a deep water run; but the racquetball courts are right next to the cardio room, so I figured I'd hop on a bike for 30 minutes and listen to a podcast.
When we got there, I saw that there were elliptical machines right outside the racquetball courts--the perfect position for me to watch the kids play while I exercised. I hadn't used an elliptical machine since college, but nobody was around, so I figured I'd give it a whirl.
The second I stood on the pedals and started moving, I thought, "Wow! This is awesome!" It felt like such a natural movement (probably because it's so similar to running). I tried to get a picture of my view, but it turned out blurry:
Still, you can see how perfect the set-up was for bringing my kids with me. They were basically in a "cage", so they couldn't go anywhere ;) And I was right there to mediate their fights, which happened about every two minutes, give or take.
I had no idea what settings to use on the machine. It asked me about my stride length, what level I wanted, what program I wanted to do, etc. I just winged it, and hoped I'd get a decent workout. I did it for 30 minutes, and I was definitely sweaty when I was done. I didn't push myself as hard as I could have, but I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much if I had. I kept my heart rate at around 75% of my max.
While I was watching the boys, I was thinking about how much I used to love racquetball, too. I played in high school (we actually had a racquetball elective for a quarter), and I was pretty good at it! I've only tried it once since then, but I always forget about it. It's a really good workout as well, so I'll have to keep that in mind for cross training, too. Or just an active date night with Jerry.
The boys were drenched in sweat when they were done playing racquetball, so we'd all gotten some good exercise. We stopped at Kroger on the way home so I could buy some vegetables. I made a goal for April to get in a serving of vegetables with each meal. I usually eat a ton of fruit, but not many vegetables, so I'm going to try to reverse that. I like vegetables, I just find them so inconvenient to prepare... so I'm going to try to cook batches that I can just heat up later (I really dislike raw veggies). Hopefully that will help!