Cardio Workout

I find that variety is important in any fitness routine. In addition, fitness is a journey, not a destination. In my pursuit of fitness, I choose weekly and monthly goals. Because I have both a treadmill and a recumbent bicycle, I choose to alternate them. Therefore, I might use the treadmill on Mondays and Fridays. Then, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I may choose to use the recumbent bicycle. I try to set specific goals for these two machines; for example, I may set a goal to walk one-tenth mile more on the treadmill this week, or bike one-tenth mile more next week. The recumbent bike also has eight levels of increasing resistance, so, every month, I may set the resistance one level higher than the month before, or I may increase the amount of time I spend on a particular resistance level. I can adjust both the speed and incline of the treadmill, so I may increase the amount of incline by 0.5 each week. Perhaps one week, I will walk at a 2.0 incline; the next week, I will walk at a 2.5 incline, and the week after that, I will walk at a 3.0 incline. The walking and biking I do are great for my cardiovascular fitness.

On Wednesdays, I go to a yoga class at Strength, Balance, and Yoga in Clarksburg, West Virginia. I have been going there for the past six months. I have attended gentle yoga and basic yoga classes. Yoga has helped me to become more flexible, improved my balance, and decreased my stress levels. I also feel that since starting yoga, my strength and endurance have improved, and I am able to walk or bike for longer periods of time, and with more intensity. On occasion, I also do yoga at home; it seems to decrease my muscle soreness when I do some yoga poses after walking or biking.

I allow Saturdays and Sundays to be open for my choice of activities. One Saturday, I walked in the park with my friend. The walking trail measures a total of 1.5 miles. In addition, Strength, Balance, and Yoga offers a variety of Saturday morning classes. I have attended Power Yoga, and 20-20-20, which is 20 minutes of cardio, 20 minutes of strength training, and a final 20 minutes of yoga. On Sundays, I may do biking, treadmill, or yoga, or any combination of these.

Changing your weekly and monthly routines allows you to continue to grow stronger and more fit, continue to achieve new fitness goals, and not get bored.


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