Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I am a Smooth Fitness Ambassador and received an elliptical machine at no cost, in order to facilitate my review (and my quest for a healthier lifestyle).
OK, well really, the dog took me for a run. I ran with her, though, and I didn't die. That's the bottom line here, folks.
I pass a veterinarian's office on my way to work every day, and the other day their billboard read "If your dog is overweight, you're not getting enough exercise." I thought about Lucy and the fact that she does have some extra pudge around her midsection, so I figured some evening walks would benefit us all.
That night after dinner, I got the whole family excited about taking Lucy for a walk, and we all hit the trail near our house. Once Lucy was on the trail, she decided that we needed to run. I ran with her...a lot...and I managed to keep up with her. I noticed that when we were done running, I wasn't out of breath and ready to pass out like I would have been a few months ago.
I have been exercising on my Elliptical Trainer from Smooth Fitness for a little over two months now, and apparently, it is helping to get me back into shape! I can tell you that there is no way I would have been able to run as much as I did with Lucy that night three months ago, and I really felt great after our little trot on the trail.
You might remember one of my first Smooth Fitness posts about being a couch potato. I had taken the fitness test on my Elliptical Trainer and received a score of only 25 - which is a "low" fitness level for someone my age. Since I had done so well running with Lucy, I decided to take it again to see if my score had improved over the last couple of months.
The test seemed much easier this time around, and I was sure I was going to score so much better. After all, I have been exercising on level 7 and above for two months, and the fitness test only got up to level 5 at the very end. I figured I would at least end up in the "average" range this time. After 12 minutes of cardiovascular exercise, I was ready to see my score...
I have to say, I was a little disappointed that it was only 2 points higher than the first test, but I was definitely glad to see that the score went up. While I'm still in the "low" range, I am getting closer to being above it, and that gave me some extra motivation to keep going. I WILL be at a "good" fitness level before this year ends. I WILL.
Not only will I continue to work out on my elliptical, we will make our walks with Lucy part of our daily routine. These walks are great for me, for Lucy, and the whole family! I really want exercise to be a way of life for Rylie and Bryce, and if we all get into this habit, I'm sure it will be.
What motivates you to keep exercising?
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