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Cheri and I stimulated the economy a couple weeks ago and bought an elliptical machine from Dick’s Sporting Goods. We’ve been wanting something that would help us get into better shape. We considered buying a treadmill, but with Cheri’s ankle pain, we figured the elliptical would be a better choice.
Cheri conducted all the research into which model to get (with the help of ask.metafilter.com). As I stuffed my face with Cheez Doodles, she informed me the most recommended model for our price range was a Horizon E901. Its not too big and not too small and was a good price at Dick’s. It has plenty of workout modes, a heartrate monitor, and an iPod dock with speakers.
So instead of choking down a gallon of ice cream each night, we both have been making a better effort to get more exercise. So far the machine has been used almost every day by both of us, and we’re already noticing changes in our energy and the fitting of our clothes.
Once we are in much better conditions, we plan on trying to start jogging outdoors again. Do I smell another 5k in the fall? Perhaps, or it might just be the cookies our neighbor is baking.
These plans work similarly to the Couch-to-5k running program. They start you off slowly, and gradually (over the course of 6 weeks) work you up to the point of being able to do 100 push ups and 200 sit ups. Both programs have three workouts per week. Each workout is composed of a number of different sets of push ups / sit ups with scheduled rest time in between each set.
Before you begin the plans, you have to determine your ability level. To do this, you do as many consecutive push ups and as many consecutive sit ups as possible. These numbers determine where you start in the programs. I managed to squeeze out 14 push ups and 19 sit ups. As pathetic as that seems, maybe it’ll be for the best. If I successfully finish this program, then I’ll feel more accomplished. If I fail, then it won’t feel like such a loss.
I figured these programs would work pretty well since I had moderate success with the Couch-to-5k program. We’ll see in approximately 6 weeks if I still have functioning arms and stomach muscles.
Cheri and I started the Couch to 5k beginner’s running routine this week (with inspiration from our friends Kate and Jason). Since this is our first week we alternate running for 60 seconds and walking for 90 seconds for a full 20 minutes (plus warm ups and cool downs before and after). We’ve been doing this around the lake that hides behind our apartment building. Cheri used Map My Run to determine the distance around the lake (about 0.6 miles).
The first day I think we slightly over did ourselves. We were both really huffy-puffy by the middle of our routine and struggled to finish. Today, we didn’t have much of a problem at all. I think the main reason is that we talked during our runs. Talking helped us keep a slower pace because we knew we couldn’t talk to each other if we were gasping for air (this is why drowning victims are often not very vocal).
Cheri found out that there is also a Couch to 5k podcast available on iTunes that coaches you through your routines. It seemed interesting but the music was mostly frenetic techno that wasn’t too appealing. I think we’ll keep talking while running instead.