I have about as much grace while exercising as an elephant in high heels. You know this if you read my little rant about exercise DVDs. I’ve been trying to get more creative by doing the retro walking that I posted about a couple of weeks ago but I still needed something else to get me through this slump I seem to be in. When I walk I usually start my incline at 7 as a warm-up and then do intervals from incline 7 to 15 for around 20-25 minutes. My speed ranges from 3.0 miles per hour to 3.9 which is as fast as my short legs will allow before I would need to break out into a jog.
For those of you who are new to this blog, I have degenerative disc disease in my lower back (which is a fancy name for 3 bad discs). This means that I have chronic pain and can’t sit for long periods of time. I manage pretty well though and walking has done wonders to keep my pain at a minimum most of the time. I’m limited to what I can do physically however, and running is one of those things because it usually aggravates it. Have you ever been exercising and suddenly just wanted to push yourself a little bit further? Well, last night while counting down the minutes to the end of my workout on the treadmill I did a big no-no: I went from my usual fast-inclined walk to a run. Yep, I ran. For over 10 minutes.
Want to know what I’m doing right now? I’m icing my back. I am paying the price for that little stunt with pain in my lower back as well as down my right leg. I have a confession to make while I’m at it: this is the second time in the past month that I’ve ran on that blasted treadmill; the last time it took several days for my back to forgive me.
I think my problem is that I am bored to death with my routine as well as my music. I most always listen to music when I’m on the treadmill. I’m sure you’ve felt it: you’re going along at your pace, eager to get done and wham! A song comes through your speakers or earbuds that revs you up and gives you that little push you needed to get you through to the end. My problem is that I’ve listened to the same songs so often that I’d almost rather walk in silence than hear that Michael Jackson tune one more time (and who doesn’t love the King of Pop? I mean, come on! It’s that bad!)
So, I am calling on all of my readers (and you lurkers too – hello there!) for some help. You will not only be helping me, but I think many of us will benefit from this. I can’t be the only one who gets bored while exercising, right? If I had a new playlist of songs to listen to it would really help combat my boredom A LOT.
Here’s what you can do: leave a comment with one or two of your favorite songs to workout or dance to; even a song that you just like to listen to because of its great rhythm. The more songs you post, the fresher our set list. There’s got to be some great songs out there that I’ve never heard before or have forgotten about that would be great to listen to while I walk. It doesn’t matter if your taste in music is different than mine. The only thing I care about is music with a strong, get my feet movin’ beat!
I’ll start with a few songs from my playlist to add to the pot:
- SexyBack by Justin Timberlake
- Shake your Body by Michael Jackson (an oldie but a goodie)
- The Right Life by Seal
My sanity and my back thank you!!