6 x 6 SUMMER SHAKE UP CHALLENGE, fitness

6 x 6 Update: The Week I Walked My Keds to Shreds

So last week I made a plan to incorporate a moderate amount of physical activity into my daily life (approximately an hour, give or take) 6 days a week for the next 6 weeks. I have no rules beyond that and I am completely open to whatever form that activity takes. I’m excited to see how these “workouts” progress and change as the 6 weeks go on but here’s my rundown of Week 1

Monday: Walking, 45 mins (4.2km).

Last Monday was a holiday here in Canada and I wasn’t about to spend my day off getting sweaty in the gym but this ended up being the perfect activity to start off my plan! I ended up going to check out the UK film Stud Life at the Inside Out LGBQT Film Festival at the Bell Lightbox Theatre (the swankiest spot to catch a flick in the city when and if you get the chance) and I was so glad I did. Even when it was a little over the top it was charming & one of the characters spent the whole film wearing a green carnation. CUTE!

T’Nia Miller in Stud Life.

As I left my house I made the decision to walk rather than take the streetcar. Just a simple switch but one that allowed me get moving and enjoy the unseasonably warm evening hours we had this weekend. It also set the precedent that the next 6 weeks aren’t about strict athletic (or aesthetic) goals, but about enjoying the physical and emotional benefits of a little activity everyday!

Tuesday: Quickie Run & Mini Workout, 30 mins.

I had to pop over to gym to sign up for the membership I got for free with work (perks!). I didn’t have much time and I knew that I probably wouldn’t feel comfortable using the equipment the first time around, so I just threw on my running shoes and jogged (which for me is usually intervals of sprinting and quick walking) there and back. I did a few bodyweight excersizes on the mats when I was there too but not a whole lot. The juiceheads scared me off.

Wednesday: Stretching, Cardio & Strength, 1 hr.

This was my most conventional workout of the week. I hopped over to the gym at lunchtime and got my sweat on with a warm-up, some short intense intervals (20 mins) and then weighted squats, lunges, planks & pushups.

Thursday: Walking, 50 mins (3k +)

I thought maybe this would be my off day but after 2 afternoon walks during my coffee and lunchbreaks and meeting my friend to help him shop for clothes after work I realized I’d covered some serious pavement.

Friday: Skipping warm up & bodyweight strength training, 40 minutes.

A few minutes of skipping to warm up followed by 30 min bodyweight strength training before work using this video by Zuzka. (Note: I am not a fan of the bodyrock videos for reasons I won’t get into but I do enjoy the ones ex-bodyrocker Zuzka produces on her own now. Sure she’s a total babe and the videos are ridiculously hypersexual, but I don’t have a problem with that. I find her motivating, fun and easy to follow plus these videos are great on days you can’t make it to the gym).

Saturday: EPIC WALKING, all day (5km+)

I spent the whole morning casually strolling through the Beaches in the East end of the city, stopping along the way to enjoy some local colour (caffeine) and soak in the sunshine. Then I took public transportation all the way West to The Junction and somewhat unintentionally ended up walking back home from that neighborhood. This part of the walk alone was 4km. My legs were jelly by the end of this day.

Sunday: OFF! Grocery shopped, cooked, watched GIRLS. Aka. the essential components of life.

And that’s that!

How’d you fare?
Get in any new or unconventional workouts this week? I’d love to hear how you got movin this week!

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7 Comments

  • Reply aspiringsteph May 29, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Wow, some you are so disciplined in your workouts!!! In comparison, I’m such a lazy bum, lol 😉
    p.s. Love getting a sneak peak of Toronto through your blog posts!!

  • Reply Rodro May 29, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I did 5 days out of 7!

    • Reply the healthy hipster May 29, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      Amazing! That sixth day IS the kicker… We’ll see how I manage this week 😉

  • Reply littlemelodies May 30, 2012 at 4:49 am

    Haha, you sound like me with all the walking — my friends just roll their eyes at me now when I mention covering 10+ miles in a day (you might say I have literally covered the entire downtown T.O. core by foot, and then some :P)

    • Reply the healthy hipster June 5, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      Best way to get to know a city is to walk it! Your friends don’t know what they’re missing 🙂

  • Reply Beth (i run like a girl) May 31, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    What a lovely idea to get moving!
    Funny thing – I tried skipping as a workout (different from “skipping a workout”) this morning – 1.5 mile run for warmup, then skipping “drills” for running form. I got a few weird looks from passing dog-walkers, but I loved the workout! 🙂

    • Reply the healthy hipster June 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Love this! I secretly enjoy those dirty looks….Weirdos need workouts too!

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