Now that I’ve taken the exam and no longer spend my entire day studying, I am free to do other things. Like housework and exercise. Not that I had stopped exercising. Far from it, in fact.
Before I left for my visit home, Rob and I were both exercising daily. When I came home, there was some vague talk about our getting back into the habit of really working out. In the meantime, we were taking Snowdoll out for walks and I was exploring my morning yoga practice, challenging myself to move beyond my comfort zone. I considered recommitting to my strength training but then chose to focus on my studying.
Then, on Saturday, I took the exam and, on Sunday, I began making plans on what I’ll be doing for the next few weeks. Rob and I picked up a used copy of 10 MinuteTrainer and jumped in with both feet, literally and metaphorically. It is a tough workout. I started with the cardio and, frankly, I had to hold back a bit, not do as many repetitions or move more slowly. I couldn’t even start the next 10 minute workout for lower body until I had caught my breath. I seem to have acquired asthma and there are times when I struggle to breathe during our walks.
This asthma is not necessarily new to me. I always struggled with exercise-induced asthma. It holds me back from moving beyond a walk to a full jog. Even when I was young. I won’t do the cardio workout each and every time. Instead, I’ll use the bike. I have a lot of fun reading to do (remember my reading challenge?) and I really want to keep mixing things up as best I can.
So, as of now, my exercise routine includes yoga in the morning, a walk with Snowdoll, 10 Minute Trainer, the stationary bike, and various walking dvds. Needless to say, I’ll be writing more about all of these things.