Every year around my birthday I get a little…strange. I don’t particularly like the thought of “ageing”. I am OK with getting older, but “ageing” is a whole different ball game.Around this time of year when the new number starts rolling up on me, I like to challenge myself to crazy things. Some years I give something up, some years I add something in. I mainly do this for two reasons:
- To see if I can actually stick to it
- To remind myself that I am the master of my choices -- both good and bad.
Truth bomb: I originally thought I would do 48 minutes until my 48th birthday. Then at 29 minutes in on the first day, I realized that 30 minutes was QUITE ENOUGH.
I train 3-4 times per week and have been doing so for many years, although I am not excessive in any way. I train regularly, thoughtfully and use my energy levels to dictate the intensity. That said, I am not a “cardio” person and usually only do it when I have a trip coming up and need to get “vacation ready”.
As my birthday crazies started to creep in, I wanted to see how the added cardio would affect my body composition, energy levels and willpower.
After 42 days and 1260 minutes of cardio, here is what I learned:
1. I am still not (and probably never will be) a 100% cardio loving person. But, over the last 42 days I did a bunch of different things and I do have some favourites.
Stairmill: As far as cardio equipment goes, the Stairmill is probably my favourite machine. I feel like I am doing a little extra leg and booty building on this machine and I was super sweaty without a lot of impact!
Spin bike: We have one in my condo gym but I much prefer hitting up 6IX CYCLE so Owner (and my dear friend) Julie Harris can blast the perfect mix to get me through the workout.
2. It really didn’t impact my body composition. I already eat well (hello, I am my own customer. Shameless plug for EAT TRAIN LIVE). But who are we kidding here, I do love some potato chips. After 42 days I lost a couple pounds, but that was never my goal. I have always found that tightening up my diet (i.e. eating fewer Lays Regular chips -- aka the best chips ever invented) and focusing on my resistance programming has always yielded the best results for me . I am currently working with my trainer 3 days per week and I am a moderate eater…everything in moderation, and this works for my lifestyle and workload. I can add in an additional workout when I have the time and energy and always have some wiggle room to add or remove food based on my current aesthetic desire.
3. I have time *who knew?!* I somehow managed to find an extra 30 minutes every day for the last 42 days to just get it done. Knowing it was a ‘must’ and not merely an option made it easier to find the time. I will continue using this method of “must do” to make time to get other things done.
If I can find 30 minutes to do cardio (something I am not remotely fond of) surely I can find 30 minutes to work on something important to me like my business, recipe creation, doing something I love or just taking a walk to clear my head. Whatever it is I can “never find the time” to do, I definitely have time to do it…except laundry…I never have time for that. Hate it!
4. Lastly, I realized that when I set my mind to something I can do it. I told myself I could and I did. I didn’t give myself an opportunity to talk myself out of the challenge. I said I would do it, I committed to it and I did it and that’s a great feeling!
I did 30 minutes of cardio but I challenge you to do 30 minutes of movement, mindfulness or self-love, something that will have a positive impact on your mind, body and soul. Just pick a number of days and do it.
PS. how smart was Nike with this slogan?!
Will I continue to do cardio? Yes. I did it today and will do it a few times per week because I really do love to sweat. It’s great for cardiovascular health and to be honest, I watch horror movies and want to be able to run just long enough to save my life.
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CPT, PN, Founder EAT TRAIN LIVE