30 days, 30 workouts continued...

by Emilie Dingfeld

Here's what I learned after my 30 for 30 challenge (if you missed the first post, get it here):

1. It's OK to miss a workout. That doesn't mean you failed. (Instead of saying "I failed because I missed five of my 30 workouts, I say "I completed 25 workouts.")

2. It all adds up. Even though some workouts might seem too low in intensity to change your body, the regularity of using your muscles means you just get stronger. Period. I saw a difference in my body after only 30 days.

3. Exercise helps anxiety. Just stick to it and you'll see your mood lift. Honest.

4. Everything counts. The biggest trick in sticking to daily exercise, whenever possible, is never judging your workouts as unsuccessful. Every minute you exercise your body is an accomplishment.

5. Keep it varied. The best part about this challenge was that I went with how I felt when choosing the day's workout. I did high-intensity workouts when my energy levels were soaring, and kept it low-key after a long day. 

In case you're wondering, here's what my exercise schedule looked like during the month:

Day 4: 15-minute run on treadmill and Nike Training Club app Arm Definer workout 

Day 5: 15 minutes on the StairMaster and NTC Butt Buster 

Day 6: 10-minute run on treadmill, 10 minutes on elliptical, 10 minutes on StairMaster

Day 7: NTC Slim Chance 

Day 8: CrossFit intro class at Academy of Lions: 60 minutes

Day 9: GoodLife Demo class (BodyShred, BodyFlow, NewBody and CxWorx): 30 minutes

Day 10: 30-minute run on treadmill 

Day 11: Missed 

Day 12: NTC workout (45 minutes at Academy of Lions)

Day 13: 30 minutes of yoga in my living room

Day 14: 30-minute run on treadmill

Day 15: Missed

Day 16: BodyCombat at GoodLife 

Day 17: Missed

Day 18: 30-minute run outside

Day 19: TRX class at Fitsanity

Day 20: NTC workout (45 minutes at Academy of Lions) 

Day 21: 30-minute run on treadmill

Day 22: Tae Bo workout

Day 23: Missed

Day 24: NTC Spencer O'Brien's workout, 30 minutes treadmill

Day 25: NTC Ab burner, 15 minutes elliptical

Day 26: NTC Leaner Legs workout, 15 minutes

Day 27: NTC workout (45 minutes, at Academy of Lions)

Day 28: Missed

Day 29: Missed

Day 30: NTC Carmelita Jeter's High Intensity Power Workout, NTC Shawn Johnson's Full Stretch Guide


30 Days, 30 Workouts

by Emilie Dingfeld in

In my inaugural blog post (yesterday's) I wrote that I'm not making New Year's resolutions this year. Instead, I'll acknowledge the things I did right over the past 365 days. I have, however, put myself up to a 30 for 30 challenge (I'd do this at any time of the year): Work out for 30 minutes a day, for 30 days. The reason: I feel good when I exercise, and who really has time for more? Cooking healthy meals, working and socializing take up a lot of time. (Kudos to those of you who make it happen!) By the end of the month, I hope to have developed a regular exercise habit.

Today, Day 3, was a throwback: Dance Workout with Richard Simmons (Sweat and Shout). You'll laugh your butt off if you try it (so old school!), but I worked up a sweat and danced like I had two left feet. The choreography is, dare I say, more difficult than a Zumba class, since the rainbow hands, finger snapping and twisting start right away. Throw this one into your routine when you need a light workout and don't feel like heading to the gym. It's also ideal to do with someone else so you can look, um, hilarious together. (By the way, I did a quick Google search and found out that Richie and I share the same birthday, July 12—his birth year 1948, mine 1984. Kindred spirits, indeed.)

Side note: My Day 1 workout was 10 minutes on the treadmill, 10 minutes on the elliptical and 10 on the stationary bike; Day 2's was a ready-made session from my Nike Training Club App: Sweat + Shape (I have a sore butt and thighs from that one).