Sunday, February 13, 2011

Good Riddance Snow!

(L) My car buried in about 2.5 ft of snow after a historic snowfall. The snow was almost up to the top of the doors of my Honda Civic.

(R) After 1 hr, I freed my car with the help of 2 guys, 2 girls, 1 cookie sheet, 2 brooms, windwhield de-icer, a snow shovel, a Nissan XTerra, a tow strap, and a Chevy Silverado. Success!

I am over this snow. It was nice to have a bit of a break from school (we have had 6 or 7 days of school cancelled which is insane a) for Arkansas b) for a university), but I am so over this. SO. OVER. IT!

Today it was 70 so I was able to go for a bit of a bike ride. It was so nice, and for an Ohio girl quite odd to have a day of biking just a couple days after having 24" of snow dumped on us this week. Arkansas is just not equipped to handle this kind of weather and neither am I after having lived here for a few years. But I digress...the biking weather this weekend was lovely.

Having missed so much school and being stuck in my house for days on end has severely messed with my routine. That is, there hasn't been one. I also noticed today that it has messed with my body too. Because I have not been able to go to the gym that much and have not been disciplined about doing exercise at home, I think I have lost a slight bit of definition in my arms. I also realized today that I don't do much explicitly to workout my lower body these days -- I think the closest thing is the spin class I do on Tuesdays (when I'm not stuck in my house due to snow...). I really need to pick up my strength training/toning game because it helps me to feel better about myself and stronger. Also I am sure there is some truth to the metabolic benefits of being more muscly than fatty.

This week as I re-establish some sort of routine (no chance of snow this week -- thank goodness), I am going to be intentional about getting a well-rounded workout schedule. I want to incorporate a couple days of cardio, some good strength training/toning, and it is critical for my back that I am intentional about stretching and yoga.

What do you guys do to workout? (i.e., how much strength training vs. cardio? what types of exercise do you do) Any suggestions for me? I'm willing to spend an hour a day, 6x/week and I want to make sure I get a total body workout over the course of a week.


  1. I spend about 3-5 hours swimming a week, 3 hours in class. I spend 1hr40 min a week weight training and I spend 2-4 hours a week walking.

  2. If I swam laps, that would be good for arms and shoulders, and check the cardio box. I probably should do it.

  3. It has been just a bummer of a winter and yes, I agree, not typical for Arkansas or East Tennessee. I think you've actually had it worse than we have! But I do see light at the end of the tunnel..........

    My exercise routine is strictly walking, hiking and biking. I walk no less than 10,000 steps per day measured by a pedometer I wear ALL the time. At least 6,000 of those steps must be a dedicated walk at a brisk pace. That's equates to about a 40 minute walk (3 miles) on a greenway, trail or as a last resort, in the mall. Some argue that walking doesn't provide cardio - they haven't seen me walk!! LOL!


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