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Walk is a four letter word
May 21st, 2009 by Anna

I. can’t. walk.

Okay, I exaggerate. But let’s say it takes a focused effort to go from stationary to moving and the action of walking is not currently an unnoticed movement. I can feel each muscle involved in the action of walking and each muscle is screaming at me. Today was my day of rest on the 30 day challenge. I think they put a rest day because they know you’re not going to be ABLE to squat down or lift your lefts or… well… MOVE on day 3. I’m obviously out of shape, yes. I know this will get easier but man…

More thoughts on Active
May 20th, 2009 by Anna

While I’m still liking it overall, here are some things I do NOT like

  • No left handed settings. It wouldn’t matter if everything were balanced but I’m tired of playing the sports right handed. I don’t know anything about creating video games but can it really be that hard?
  • I want to see my calories on the day. Not just after each workout, but I want to be able to go to a day and see how many calories I burned on that day. Now I have to keep a spreadsheet or something to keep track of daily calories. Bah!
  • What the heck is that stupid countdown clock? I would think it wants you to be exercising for some particular amount of time but it counts down even when you’re not actually exercising. Am I supposed to just sit on my butt and watch it go down? Because it’ll let me. But I’m too impatient to wait so I’m not certain what happens when it reaches zero.
  • This is probably supposed to be a plus but it all depends on your point of view – my butt has muscles. Who knew? They hurt, by the way.
Day 2
May 20th, 2009 by Anna

Okay, so I decided to set my alarm for early in the morning and see if I could actually get up and exercise. If I can do this on a regular basis, it will be better than trying to fit it in during the evening where it will either take away from family time or be way late in the evening when I should be going to bed.

I did day 2 of the 30 day challenge on my new EA Active game. I did all 16 of the activities that the game suggested for a medium intensity workout. I’m definitely going to continue to do the exercises it chooses for me. I like this better than the picking and choosing on the Wii Fit where I’m never certain if I’m getting a good overall workout. This game tells me what part of the body it’s going to focus on so I’m assuming it’s going to cover everything I need in the course of the 30 days.

At the end of the workout, I’d again burned more calories than my target and I was dripping with sweat. I’ll need to get up just a tad earlier if I’m going to do this in the mornings but probably only for another week or two because by then I shouldn’t need the intro videos on HOW to do each exercise.

The only problem I’ve found with the game so far is that the cord from remote to nunchuk gets caught on my knee on some exercises and I’m afraid I’m going to break one or the other. I just have to kind of hold up the slack and it’s not so bad. We really need wireless nunchuks.

Oh and I can’t BELIEVE the darned thing doesn’t take your weight. It can make use of the balance board but you have to manually enter your weight. That just seems like an oversight.

This evening I think I’ll look at it some more for other exercises. Not sure what I’ll do tomorrow though. It’s an off day but does that mean I really shouldn’t do *any* exercises? I was looking forward to an off day but now I kinda actually want to work out some more…

EA Active 30 Day Challenge – Day 1
May 19th, 2009 by Anna

One of my birthday gifts was the Wii game that came out today, EA’s Active. Meghan and I went to GameStop to pick it up after my tech club meeting at work. We weren’t home 10 minutes before I’d started it up. I’m liking it so far. I selected the medium intensity and umm… THAT was MEDIUM? So glad I didn’t get brave enough for the high. I would be in a little puddle right now if I’d done that.

The game selected 16 exercises. Well, not 16 different exercises on my preselected workout. I had to do the squats and running a few times. The only one that I had a problem with was the side lunges but that was because the Wii wasn’t picking up my movement and it started griping at me which kinda ticked me off. I got through it all though and it wasn’t WOW THAT’S EXCITING but it was a welcome change to Wii Fit. After the 30 day challenge workout, I did the paired workout with Meghan and we got to see other exercises. So basically there are a LOT of different exercises on this thing. So far a good balance of upper body and lower body.

I’m going to make a real effort to complete this 30 day challenge the way it expects you to. It’s two days on, one day off, two days on, one day off. I’m already looking forward to that day of rest. I’m not going to do the Gold’s Gym game on my day of rest, but I think I might add it in with the regular Active workout. It’s pretty fun.

Hope all this activity helps me make up for the goof up I’ve had eating lately…

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