Running for Cardio Workout

While on vacation several weeks ago, I enjoyed a relaxing time at Galveston beach. Great times with my husband and friends Kathryn and Roger. We rented a two‑story house which was on stilts, therefore we were walking up three flights of stairs every time we went outside. This is leading up to my realization that you have to do cardio daily to obtain weight loss.

During the five days we were at the house, I walked up and down those stairs at least 5–10 times a day. The first two days, I was so sore and exhausted. But by the time we left, I was speeding up and down the stairs and feeling stronger. I know my trainer, Chase, will be glad that I am finally getting that if I want to lose weight, I need to do three or more days of cardio for at least 30 to 45 minutes, along with working out twice a week with him lifting weights and doing some cardio.

Running on the treadmill at the gym
Running on the treadmill at the gym

My husband Donny and I have decided we want to start running, which is the best cardio I can think of when you do it on a daily basis. We are both beginners in the running department and want to start off slow and easy to build up our strength and endurance. We live just down the street from a racetrack that has a large parking lot we’ll use to walk and start our running program. Starting on Monday, we will be doing 1 minute of walking and 30 seconds of slow jogging for 1.10 miles, which is one lap around the racetrack. Each week, we will add more running and less walking and we hope by the end of November, we will be able to do 3.30 miles in a reasonable time. Our goal is to participate in a local 5K event and run, jog, and walk the event.

Our trainer is working with us to strengthen our leg muscles to enable us to be better runners in the long-term. I will be periodically updating here on the blog our successes and failures in running to add more cardio to our exercise program and assist us with achieving our weight‑loss goals.

Running is one of those things either you like it or you don’t. I don’t mind running but my trainer is helping me strengthen my legs and knees so they don’t hurt. We started this week on the treadmill at the gym because running in the 100 plus degree heat will not work for us. Donny is running up to seven minutes now and I am doing three to four minutes at a time.

We are going to continue to add more running to our cardio every week until we can run over three miles and then participate in a local 5K. Continue to follow my blog posts as I update our progress.

LLOL,

Patricia

1 Corinthians 9:26-27

“Thus I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing. No, I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.”

My Road to Fitness

I embarked on a lifestyle change several years ago which started with boot camps and then progressed into working out with a trainer in small groups. I would start seeing small results and then I would start thinking I could do this on my own but as history has proven, I started gaining weight and going back to my old habits.

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As I was working out during boot camps my husband Donny joined me and we started really motivating each other. With that came weight loss and being in better shape we have ever been in during our 17-year marriage. It was during this time we realized how much better we felt and how  that spilled over into our jobs, our hobbies, and everyday life. It was an awesome feeling. But the weight returned.

We fell into the trap thinking we could do the workouts ourselves at home. But after several months we realized that this was not going to work at home, we had excuses with work, the weather and not being motivated and knowing what to do.

So in March we found a new gym that we wanted to try and we purchased sessions with a trainer. I found this gym on Facebook and with word of mouth from friends here locally, all gave great reviews. We started once again on our fitness path with Chase as our trainer, working out with him 2 times a week. As of today we are still working out with Chase and seeing results in our strength and endurance for our twice to three times a week workout. Weight loss has not happened as of yet but I am adding muscle and can lift and push more weight than I ever thought I would. We are members of the gym and try to go 3 times a week to get cardio workouts done to assist us more with our weight loss.

As with any goal for weight loss, you must change your eating habits. That is where we lack the discipline and consistency. We tried meal planning on the weekend for meals to eat all week and this worked for a week or two and then we just got bored with it. It is an ongoing process to find that balance and eat healthy so we can achieve our weight loss goals.

Do you work out? How many times a week do you work out? Is it at a gym or you motivated enough to do it yourself at home?  Please share your comments below!

Stay tuned for continued updates on how my workouts and weight training are advancing in the coming months.

LLOL,
Patricia