By, Cristina Moreno
*Runs to the computer* Hi everyone, I am back and out of breath! This month, to continue Sulzer’s summer wellness challenge series, we turned up the heat. According to the Mayo Clinic, adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week. So, our challenge was to complete just that! When divided across five days, the challenge called for about 30 minutes of exercise per day from Monday to Friday. Totally feasible!
To hold participants accountable, we created a chart to track your daily minutes of exercise completed each day. We set one rule to make sure it was fair: workouts had to be completed outside of work hours – we were encouraged to practice exercising at home in hopes it would create a new routine!
While I do not consider myself a fitness guru, I generally exercise a few times a week. For this challenge, I promised myself to at least get a little exercise every day. Did I achieve my goal?
Day #1: It’s Monday- I’m tired, but I wanted to start this challenge off on the right foot (literally). I quickly got ready for work and took my puppy, Molly, out for a brisk morning walk around our block. Since it is early in the morning, the weather is perfect and I have time to enjoy a cup of coffee. I enjoy taking morning walks whenever I can because it helps me wake up and get the blood flowing. After work, I went home and quickly changed into workout clothes. Before doing anything else, I went to my mini-home gym and completed minutes on my Stairmaster. I believe that it is important to get my workout in before getting too comfortable at home because once I sit on the couch or begin household chores, forget about exercise!
Daily exercise: 45 minutes
Day #2: Tuesday- and for me it was more like Doomsday. I took Molly out for another walk and decided to take a different route resulting in 25 minutes of exercise and it is only 8am! When I got to the office to log my minutes for Monday, I couldn’t help but notice that some people completed upwards of an hour on Day 1. Refusing to get discouraged, I reminded myself to never compare! After work, I went home and tried a time under tension class on the Daily Burn . I have been a member for over 3 years and I love being able to take a class from anywhere using the app. The class for today was so INTENSE that I found myself unable to walk up the stairs for a good 10 minutes.
Daily exercise: 60 minutes
Day #3: Wednesday- So now I am sore from Tuesday’s workout and I am not a happy camper. I still went for a walk in the morning with Molly before work. Feeling a little unmotivated, I stopped by Marshall’s after work and got some fun fitness gear. I would be lying if I said athleisure was not one of my favorite fashion trends of all time. How do I justify owning so many leggings and sneakers? By reminding myself that I can wear it to both work out and hang out. Also, cute sportswear motivates me to work out.
Daily exercise: 20 minutes
Day #4: Thursday- and I am still sore… why? Two days out from Tuesday’s intense workout and I can barely get out of bed. I took 15 minutes this morning to stretch and try to release my muscles- I guess that means I had a good workout! After work, I decided to go outdoors for a jog. I live near a track so I walked over, jogged a mile, and walked a mile. As I cooled down and walked home, I treated myself to an ice cream.
Daily exercise: 45 minutes
Day #5: Fri-YAY! Good news is that I am less sore thanks to Thursday’s jog. I was able to make it through the work day without falling out of my seat. Fridays during the summer, we have 1.5 hours of free time to relax and bond as a team. I took advantage of the nice weather and played a little frisbee. Having completed the 150 Minutes challenge, I could have easily gone home and binge watched The Office. Instead, I kept the momentum going when I got home and completed 20 minutes on the Stairmaster to start my weekend.
Daily exercise: 35 minutes
Committing to five straight days of exercise with my schedule was not as easy as I thought, but I surpassed the minimum amount and worked out for a total of 205 minutes! It wasn’t easily achieved, however. Three reasons why I struggled: things happen last minute, life gets busy, or I am just plain tired. I will also throw in, “the weather is gross” as a valid excuse. I did, however; learn that endorphins are like magic and that simple fact kept me going. Getting to the Stairmaster was tough on occasions, but I never once regretted it when I was done.
This fitness challenge was there to push me out of my comfort zone (which typically consisted of sitting on the couch) and showed me how much better it feels to get up and move. Moving forward, whenever I feel lazy, I need to remind myself of how great I will feel after a workout. Now that I’ve completed this challenge, I have learned that I am capable of exercising more frequently and I just need to stop with the excuses!
Super excited for our next challenge!