1. What does your work out schedule look like?
Currently, it’s just been running. I try to sneak in 3 days of running a week and recently, I started back on the Couch to 5K program, which means I’m trying even harder to get 3 days of running a week in. Because of my school schedule, having to find time to schedule interviews, my internship, homework, and having a semblance of a life, it’s really hard to find time to exercise the 5 days a week I would like.
2. What is your favorite machine to use at the gym?
I don’t belong to a gym right now. As far as cardio goes, my favorite piece of equipment is the elliptical because it doesn’t kill my arches as much as the treadmill does. And for strength-training? There’s one piece of equipment I liked, but I can’t remember the name for it. It works your thighs and calves and you basically push a big piece of metal up with your feet? Does anybody know what I’m talking about?
3. What is your favorite class to take at the gym?
If there was any reason for me to join a gym, it would be to take Spinning classes. I absolutely love Spinning classes and it’s really the one thing I would have to have a gym membership for. I love how tough it is and what a great workout it gives you. I would join a gym simply for this purpose.
4. Where do you shop for work out gear and clothing?
Mainly, Target or Sports Authority. I tend to buy cheaper clothing because I just can’t fathom spending $50 on a pair of pants I’m just going to sweat in. Although, lately, I see what a difference the good stuff makes to helping with sweat and chafing issues. And since I now have a Fit2Run membership (which means 10% off all purchases), I’ll probably head on over there for most of my needs now!
5. If you can’t go to the gym, do you have a favorite outdoor activity?
Running and walking are probably my most favorite outdoor activities. Running is cheap (well, until you factor in special shoes and gear. But let’s think simple for a minute.) and such a great, full-body exercise.
6. What about a favorite work out DVD? If so, please share!
Anything by Jillian Michaels. She is such an amazing trainer and much nicer in her videos. (Although, I think I would do better if she was screaming at me.) The 30-Day Shred is great as is No More Trouble Zones and Yoga Meltdown. They all totally work you to the brink and I think everyone can keep using them and get a good work out. I have sweat pouring off my body in every one of her workouts.
7. Are you more active now or when you were in high school?
Psht, now. High school? I barely did anything that didn’t involve laughing with friends, homework, and sleeping.
8. How has your diet/working out philosophy changed since high school?
I don’t think it’s necessarily changed, but I am doing more about my health now. I always wanted to be more healthy, work out more, and feel confident with my body. But I never had the courage to change it. And once I lost 20 pounds during my freshman year, I realized I could and that’s what keep me going, even though those 20 pounds have come back (with a few friends). But I know I can do it. I know I can change my life. I just have to implement it!
9. What do you do while working out (i.e., daydream, read, listen to music, gab with a friend)?
When I’m running, it’s usually listening to music and imaging what I’m going to write for my DailyMile recap. And also performing music videos to the songs playing on my iPod. When I’m at my apartment gym on a piece of equipment, I usually bring a magazine or book to read while working out.
10. What working out resolution would you like to make with yourself this year?
Well, I have two. I want to run one race a month. I’m sticking with 5K’s for now but eventually want to move up to 10K’s and half-marathons. And I want to be able to run an entire 5K in under 30 minutes.
What about you guys? What’s your working out resolution right now?