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Non-Boring Cardio at the Summerside Wellness Centre

This morning I was up with my grandparents at 630am (which is 930am in Senior’s Standard Time) and by actual 930am I was already fed, showered, on my second coffee and out the door to join them on their daily trip to the Wellness Health and Fitness Centre in Summerside PEI.

20111108-120835.jpgMorning Coffee & Paper. Apparently The Guardian newspaper “covers Prince Edward Island like the dew.” Amazing.

The Wellness Centre is a massive building with loads of natural light and I loved how it drew such a mixed crowd of people there for all sorts of reasons. From the morning coffee & conversation crowd…20111108-120919.jpg

To the folks on the track, which is clearly a hotspot at the Centre. I swear, only Canadians could get that excited about circling repeatedly around an ice cold, unused hockey arena. But I don’t know that I’ve never encountered a happier, chattier bunch.

And then of course there were the friendly gals (not a lot of bros in the room…a nice change for me) in the fitness room. 20111108-120946.jpg

The decor was slightly hilarious…full of Clip-Art style decals that kept making me giggle…I kept expecting the couple from Body Break (ahem…Hal Johnson and Joanne Mcleod) to jump out from beside the treadmills and give me pointers.

NON-BORING CARDIO ROUTINE!

I have been pretty light on the cardio lately…just haven’t been feeling it as much but after reading this Step Up Workout from the lovely Angela at Eat, Spin, Run, Repeat I totally got inspired. She is a fitness instructor and always posts seriously awesome workouts, but once I saw this one I got super jazzed. I only modified it a little bit but I thought it was very unique and ramped up in a way that was totally fun and kept me on my toes. My slightly modified version looked like:

  • 5 min slow warm up
  • 3 min at a steady moderate pace followed by 1 min walking (x2)
  • 2 min at a steady fast pace followed by 1 min walking (x2)
  • 1 min at a very fast pace followed by 1 min walking (x4)
  • 5 min slow cool down

You can do this on a treadmill, bike machine, outside, inside, wherever you like! Its guaranteed to cover you in sweat like the dew on PEI….sorry couldn’t help myself…gross.

Stay tuned tomorrow when I’ll be sharing my recipe for tonight’s dinner – a super delicious & budget friendly casserole dish that was a total throw back to old school comfort food. Get excited…

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3 Comments

  • Reply shawna November 8, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    are you kidding me? YOUR ARMS LOOK AMAZING

  • Reply Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 19, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Thanks so much for the mention!! :) Sounds like you had a fantastic workout – I love your variation!

    • Reply the healthy hipster January 20, 2012 at 8:23 am

      Of course! Keep postin the great workouts lady and I’ll keep rockin em! (Wish you led a spin class in downtown toronto, id be there in a flash!)

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