Remember a few weeks ago when I was aiming to be better than average?
I was expecting it to take two months to see any improvement but I am delighted to say that despite a hectic January, with weird, rainy weather that included at least a week where I had to reduce my exercise instead of intensifying it, I have officially nudged myself a little closer to Good.
I started as Fair to Average and now, I am Average to Good. It’s a small nudge but a nudge all the same.
I shall award myself a gold star.
I know that this number isn’t a definitive description of my fitness level overall but it is measuring one aspect in a tangible way.
And, I improved the number in a short period of time by slightly increasing the intensity of my exercise.
This is encouraging and it bodes well for making bigger changes over time.
When I look at my heart rate numbers and see that a greater percentage of my workout is in my target range, it feels good.
Having my efforts recorded and made visible brings me back to try again the next day.
And, interestingly, I’m bringing the lessons from Adriene’s ‘Move’ series into this part of my fitness practice as well. I have been paying closer attention to how I feel when I am working a bit harder and to what movements make the biggest difference in my heart rate. Both of these things add a certain element of playfulness and experimentation to my exercise sessions, which I really appreciate.
Oh, and my additional efforts are also adding a little mystery to my practice. For no apparent reason, my Fitbit has started registering some of my walks as sessions on an elliptical machine (I don’t have an elliptical machine) and it has been registering my TKD practice as swimming. Go figure!
Anyway, I’ll post again next month to let you know whether I have moved another point to the good.
Speaking of good, here’s Khalee after one of our ‘elliptical’ walks.