A is for alphabet. As you will see…
B is for Bowflex. Over the years, my husband has used it in fits and starts. Right now it mostly serves as a shoe rack.
C is for cardio. For me, that happens seven days a week.
D is for DVR and DVD. I couldn’t work out without something on TV to distract me. Some afternoons when I do a slow walk on the treadmill my distraction is a book instead.
E is for elliptical. The elliptical was a 40th birthday present to myself, almost 8 years ago. At the time I was diagnosed with neuroma (nerve damage to the ball of my foot) and needed to find a non-impact exercise alternative.
F is for feet. Hubby and I both have various aches and pains in ours and have multiple pairs of exercise shoes and inserts. F is also for fan, which is standing just outside the picture, pointed right where I elliptical. The treadmill has built-in fans:)
G is for glow. My husband sweats but I glow:) Wait! Does that mean I’m not working hard enough?
H is for husband. My number one workout partner. Most days you can find him by my side doing intervals on the treadmill while I elliptical away. Any day now we’ll move outside and start biking again instead.
I is for iced tea. For a while I was drinking water while I worked out but, since my cold a few weeks ago, I am back to drinking something flavored so I hydrate more. Some days I have decaf Crystal Lite iced tea and other days I have Powerade Zero.
J is for jiggle. As in what certain body parts are prone to do during exercise.
K is for Karen. Obviously:)
L is for log. I have tracked my exercise hours on Fitday for years. In April I logged 3039 minutes of cardio over 27 days. I missed two days while on a college visit with my son and one day I gave in to my cold. For those of you who like numbers, it works out to an average of 112 minutes per day of cardio performed.
M is for motivation. Some days I have it and some days I don’t. The best thing about working out with a partner is that usually at least one of us has just enough motivation to get us going.
N is for nose. For some reason mine seems to run when I workout so I always have tissues handy.
O is for obstacle course. We have to navigate one to work out in this tiny, jam-packed space. To get on the treadmill we squeeze between the elliptical and Bowflex, gingerly step behind the former trying not to knock out the cord, carefully avoid the row of dumbells in the back of the space, and voila.
P is for potty. There is one just to the left of this photo and hubby and I have gotten into a habit of taking back-to-back potty breaks mid-workout.
Q is for quiet. Not. My teen complains that when we work out we blare the TV so loudly that it wakes him two floors overhead. Poor baby.
R is for remote control. Could not live without this. Most mornings hubby and I put in 90 minutes of cardio together which is just over the running time of two recorded episodes of TV. Actually, to give him credit, he is a bit of an overachiever and puts in 98 minutes.
S is for strength training. Which doesn’t take place here for me, usually, but at my mom’s gym where I work out with her and our trainer. We’ve been doing that together weekly for over seven years and in the past few months since my post-surgery all-clear have bumped that up to twice a week.
T is for treadmill. This particular unit is relatively new and I had to talk my husband into spending the money on himself after our last one broke. It is a huge investment but, IMO, money well spent.
U is for underground. This little section of the basement is windowless for a reason. The other, much larger spaces have tiny little windows that are just above ground. Oh for a daylight or walkout basement.
V is for Vaseline. My lips get so dry when I work out that I always put on a thick coat before I start.
W is for weights. Those dumbbells hiding behind the cardio machines get used only rarely. As does the tubing stuck away in a drawer. My exercise ball gets rolled out a bit more often for crunches. Hubby also has a balance board somewhere and we both have push up stands that we rarely use as well.
X is for nothing. Who came up with this letter anyway! Okay, let’s go with excellent, exciting explanation of my exercise space:)
Y is for yoga mat. You can’t see them in this picture but they are hiding, rolled up, in the corner of the room, waiting for my husband and me to use them again.
Z is for zero. Because I don’t like to see the numbers on the display when I’m working out so I cover them. Time passes faster if I don’t peek.
Your turn. Pick a letter, any letter, and share something about your own exercise routine.
Woo hoo for my big news! I won the challenge prize for this week! Happy dance. (Counts as cardio?) You might remember that I joined this challenge just for that fabulous prize. Can’t wait, can’t wait. But I’m going to keep on setting weekly challenge goals. So far, they are sort of working for me and at not, as in past challenges, working against me.
Last week my goal was to do strength training at least twice and ab work five times. Done and done. Although, to be honest, my strength training could have been a heck of a lot stronger. I’m going to keep the same goal this week since my mom, aka strength training partner, is still out-of-town.