English: A performance of The Nutcracker ballet, 1981 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Welp, I have finished Prevention Magazine’s Ballet Boot Camp. I feel like I made progress to becoming
fitter even if I didn’t lose any weight. I have still been doing walking and swimming. Sadly, the other day I while walking I wound up getting a combo of heat and fat rash. One of my friends shared an interesting on how to prevent it. Rub some deodorant on the spots where it is prone to happen. I shall try this next time I go walking after my rash has healed and I’ll let you know if it works.
One thing I really liked about the ballet boot camp was the working out plan which laid out a solid plan for alternating work outs with cardio. I think that it is a plan which I will keep even if I am doing other toning exercises. One I am planning on doing is one from the magazine Cosmopolitan which I just started randomly getting. Also, I have been working on the healthy eating idea and hope to share that with you in a couple of days.
Let me know if you have any ideas about plans I should try next.
I really do like this workout and feel like my flexibility has improved even though I still wobble. I dislike the
swimming exercise. It looks and feels silly. I occasionally have to squeeze my workouts into work, and that one would be the one I would be most embarrassed to be seen doing. It calls for 2 minutes of it. I usually do a minute of it before switching to another ab workout. I am looking forward to doing different workouts as sustaining one work out is a bit boring after the first two weeks. I am still working out to Digster’s dance workout mix on Spotify, although I may make my own mix soon.
Also I would just like to say hello and thank you to my new followers.
One thing I have been planning on doing is to test out some healthy recipes. Hopefully, I’ll be able to share that project with you soon.
If the chance to workout was a snake, you’d be dead.
English: MAdonna performing “Holiday” on DWT (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I’m actually not really sure if it is in fact day 12. I have kind of gotten my days mixed up lately. I have been keeping up and pushing harder with both cardio and Prevention’s Ballet Boot Camp. My feet have started to kink up during some of the exercises which rather hurts the flow of them. My balance is still pretty bad and I often wobble. I don’t have a barre to stand with so I use chairs and walls to steady myself. I do however feel that my balance is getting better.
For my cardio, I have been swimming like crazy. I have been hitting the pool for an hour to an hour and a half. I did find one swim workout that I have enjoyed. It includes some fun exercises like spider manning, where you run up the wall. The only hard part is that it tells you to run back down the wall, but each step up pushes you away from the wall. So, when you reach the top you are floating several inches away and when you try to run back down you wind up awkwardly failing in the water.
Skimble’s Workout Trainer for Android! (Photo credit: mariachily)
The results are in 3 people voted for dance as their favorite workout music.
Yesterday I did just the Ballet Boot Camp. It is getting easier to do the exercises. The scissors and carousel horse are still the most challenging. I am not feeling as much strain to my legs as I did after the first day.
Today was a weird day and I wandered through most of it in a fugue state. I made quinoa cereal based on a recipe from Martha Stewart’s website. It recommended way too much milk for the amount of quinoa. Today was just cardio. I walked around town for a while. I thought about calling it quits with that, but I downloaded 3 random free apps for my IPad.
The one I chose to use for today was Workout Trainer. It asks you to make an account or sign in through facebook. I tried to do it through facebook but it didn’t work. So I made an account it also ask for d.o.b. and what your goals are. It doesn’t ask for weight. It selects two workouts based on your goals or you can select others from its library. The first one was a 12min cardio video. It gives you the choice of three trainers to guide you through it. One is a person, which is part of the premium package, the other two are computer generated. Being broke I went for one of the computer trainers.
The workout also allows you to play music from your ipad which is a nice touch. The voice guiding you through it sounds very robotic. It tells you how to do the workout, how much time you have left, which exercise is coming up next and offers general platitudes. The actual exercises are basic but challenging. Things like star jumps, side planks, and others. It does allow for one 30 second break to grab water and get to a mat as you transition from standing to ground work. Each exercise is shown through a couple of seconds of recorded videos. If you are trying to keep pace with the video, it is easy to get thrown off track and it blips out in order to restart the video. Once finished you set set a reminder to do it again tomorrow or select a new workout. It will promote the premium package several times after using the app. Overall, it is a surprisingly decent free app. The workout was in the moderate range which I asked for while putting together my workout.
Also, I am a huge fan of The Pintester and on my other blog I participated in The Pintester Movement. I tested several cooking pins and the fail coffee hair removal pin. Well, she is trying to get fit and lose some weight by teaming up with Slimfast. Way to go girlfriend. I am hoping this may lead to her testing some fitness pins. Anyways, she wanted people to blog about their wackiest reason to try to lose weight in exchange for a $1,000 SpaFinder card, which would be pretty sweet. Anyways, when I was younger I tried to lose weight in order to join the navy. I never lost the weight, never joined the navy, and now I am too old to. It is not all bad though since I am pretty happy with my life as it is now.