Borrowing A Sweaty Style

3 08 2011

Hi Friends! Happy Hump Day. Having a good week so far? If not, sorry…at least were halfffwayyy theeeerrreee. (anyone??, Bon Jovi, anyone?) Since finishing my Half Ironman a few weeks ago, I have gotten quite a few inquires as to what I am doing with all of my free time now that I am not training. The answer is A LOT! I am not surprised that I have been busy since I think I have ADHD and can’t sit still, but the activities that have filled my schedule have changed quite a bit. Last week was a complete and total “GIRLY WEEK, filled with manicures, pedicures, frozen yogurt and salad dates, margarita get togethers, chick flicks and Eating Club! It was glorious 🙂

And of course, because I have a ridiculous amount of energy and can’t sleep at night unless I have worn myself out in some way or another, I “exercised.” I really don’t like the word “exercise.” It sounds so boring, don’t you think? “Training” sounds so much cooler and more legit in my opinion, but alas, I am not training anymore! So what am I doing? I am getting my sweat on! I have a friend, Emily (known in the blogging world as Sweaty Emily), who blogs over at Sweat Once a Day. Her motto is exactly that…sweat once a day. It’s that easy! Given the 100 degree temperature, I have actually been sweating throughout the day, but I have been doing all sorts of different types of physical activity to get my sweat on. The last week has looked something like this…

(last) Wednesday: swim 1500

Thursday: Elliptical 45 minutes/ Yoga video in my living room

Friday: got sweaty walking to and from work…

Saturday: Run 8.5 miles/Swim 2200 with Lauren

Sunday: Run 9 miles (sans heart rate monitor, watch, etc)

Monday: Swim 3000

Tuesday: Run 7 miles

Today: get my butt kicked in the pool by Chris
I am starting to look ahead at running races for the fall and spring but for right now, just want to stay active (which is never a problem for me) and have fun playing with my friends. I have also started “lifting.” needs the quotations…because I a) have no idea what I am doing and b) only do about 5-10 reps of anything. I build muscle really easily so am hesitant to start doing any major muscle building, but I figure it’s a new and fun way to sweat once a day, so I would give it a shot. I actually should have been doing this throughout my 70.3 training but dropped the ball on that one… Anyway, so that I don’t get hurt picking up heavy objects in the gym, I have been doing a little research. There is a plethora of information on the internet! I thought I would share a few WHAT NOT TO DO exercises that I found…complements of Web MD.

*I don’t think I need to reiterate this, but just in case…I am not a professional weight lifter and the below only reflect my own research, so take it with a grain of salt and do what is right for your own body.

#1: Lat Pull-down Behind the Head

The problem: Only people with very mobile shoulder joints can keep their spines straight enough to do this exercise properly. So the move — done wrong — can lead to shoulder impingement or worse, a tear in the rotator cuff. And if the bar hits the back of the neck, it could injure cervical vertebrae.

#2: Upright Row

The problem: Pulling weights, a barbell, or a weighted cabled bar up under your chin is a big no-no because it can compress the nerves in the shoulder area, impinging the shoulder.

#3: Lying Leg Press with Knees Bent Too Deeply

From a reclining position, you push the plate up and bring it down in this common exercise to work the quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes. The problem comes when you bend your legs too far — past a 90-degree angle — which can hurt your back and knees.

Question of the Day: Do you lift weights/use machines at the gym? Do you follow a plan?