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Using a Timer Instead of Rep Counting

I tweeted about this a minute ago but then thought I'd write a post as well. I hate counting reps. I (might have ADHD) have a really short attention span and things that are tedious just EXHAUST me (plus I lose track because my mind wanders). So this morning I decided to switch from rep counting to using an allotted amount of time for each exercise that I do. For example, I typically do 100 (each leg) single leg squats, in two batches of fifty. I set my cell phone on "stop watch" and did 100 squats which took about 3 1/2 minutes. Hmm. I continued on to 4 minutes (because I like things to be easy) and found it very doable. Then I switched legs, and instead of counting, set the timer to 4 minutes and started squatting away. Soooooo much better. Ahhhhh!!! Today I'm in the process of timing and counting exercises to create a master list of times = estimated reps. From now on when I log what I've done, I'll write down times instead. Exercise is very individual, and the key is to create a system that works for you. I'm further ahead if I use a timer and actually do the moves than if I just skip it because I can't bear the thought of mindless counting...


Stair Running....

Ok, this sounds exhausting at first (who am I kidding... it is until you're fit for it). I like it because it makes no difference what the weather outside is like, and I can keep an eye on the kids, two factors which are affected by outdoor running (which I also love). Initially I started with stair walking. I filled a water bottle and kept it handy, and plugged my favourite music into my ears via my beloved Android (which also serves as my timer). Once I started feeling brave enough, I tried running on the stairs. I'd run for a bit and then resume the walking once I got tired. Of key importance, I discovered, is having a railing next to you to grab in case you tumble (cringe). Now I can run straight for 30 minutes. You can imagine how delighted I was when I learned that stair running burns about 100 calories every 6 minutes... ahhhh!!! I'm keeping this exercise :) :)


Raspberry Chocolate (non-dairy)

OMG. That's all I can say about this one. It tastes far too good to be healthy.

Unsweetened cocoa powder
Ground flax

Blend and enjoy!

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