Tuesday, May 20, 2008

My Favourite Workout

Last year around this time of year I started walking to and from work. It was a pretty good workout that was easy to fit into my schedule. Back then I had a nanny, which meant I could leave early, secure in the knowledge that Lisa would get on the bus on time and the other two would carry on with their days.
What a difference a year makes. The nanny is gone, two kids now need to get on a bus, the other to daycare and there's no way Homer would be willing to take all of this on himself while I enjoy my morning walk.
So, Plan B still involves this great set of stairs. I run to the stairs, go up and down 3 times (working up to five times, but for now three seems to be my limit), then run home. The whole ordeal takes less than thirty minutes, I feel well worked-out and it can fit into almost any day.

I love this workout because:
1. It's quick
2. It's effective.
3. I can measure my progress (# of flights done, time of each flight)
4. It starts out easy and has some easy bits in between the hard bits, therefore the only real willpower required is for about 3 seconds at the top of the stairs.

15 comments:

Jess said...

That's a great walk. Too bad you can't do it anymore! But I'm impressed with Plan B. And jealous of how pretty your neighborhood is.

Nowheymama said...

Wow! That's a great set of stairs. I'm trying to convince Scott to start walking to work. I'd probably have more luck if it ever stopped raining.

artemisia said...

Your willingness to be flexible and find a Plan B is awesome! I love that you've found something close to home that works. Kudos!

Tessie said...

Yay! This is awesome. I wish we had a staircase like that nearby.

Good for you for making it work. That's the hardest part.

Pickles & Dimes said...

Good for you! Stairs are awesome; that looks like a great workout and it's nice that it's close to home and still outside.

SLynnRo said...

I do 7 hours of cardio every week. But stairs? KILL ME!

Chantal said...

those stairs look intimidating to me. Good for you for tackling them. I was all on my exercise bandwagon and I have fallen off. Time to get back on.

Saly said...

You are my hero.

Kim/2 Kids said...

I think anything you can do is great! Good for you!

shay said...

holy stairs batman!
I'm totally impressed. I'm sure I could NOT do this! BUT I probably should - wow

Family Adventure said...

Brilliant! I'm looking for stairs myself! :)

Heidi

Laural Dawn said...

Wow! Good work.

Misty said...

It is good to have exercise that you enjoy. And I am happy for you that you find time to work it in.

Haley-O said...

Wow, that sounds GREAT! I wish I could better fit my workouts into my days. Must see to that..... :)

Blenda said...

Good post.