Well, today’s first is another physical challenge. I really didn’t think it would be that much of one, but it was. I needed a first for today and I was going to the gym. I thought, surely there is something I can do here. I saw a piece of equipment that I had never really paid attention to before. It was the Lateral Elliptical.
I decided to get on it and try it out. The movement on it is so weird. I looked it up when I got home. The promo for the equipment says its “a new style of cardio equipment which exercises a wider range of muscles.” Just what I need to do, exercise a wider range of muscles. I think I can tell you where each of those muscles are located tonight!!
“You can move in various directions which are totally adjustable.” Yes, you could adjust the width of your lateral movement. There was a sign on the machine that said it had a booster for the thigh and calf muscles. I didn’t get a picture on the machine. I didn’t have anyone to take one and it was kind of impossible to move like that and take a picture. Here is a quick video and you can see the crazy things this machine does.
The machine counts your steps and tells you how many floors you have climbed. I did 10 minutes on the machine and my heart rate was going pretty good. It says I climbed 12 floors.
This was my first time on this machine and if I can walk later this week I will try to do another 10 minutes. I really like the workout. It took me a few minutes to get used to the weird motion. After I got the hang of it I adjusted the width to the maximum to see how that felt. It was harder work. They have 2 of the machines and I have seen them sitting empty most of the time. Now, I know why!!
Do you have one of these at your gym? Do you use it? How long do you stay on it?
Happy Fat Tuesday!!! Did you indulge today? Are you giving up something for Lent? I am trying to make a decision on what I am giving up. Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday. I have never been to an Ash Wednesday service. Maybe that will be tomorrow’s first.
My Inspiration For Doing The Year of Firsts
As you may know I am doing a first every day this year. I read the book I Dare me by Lu Ann Cahn. Lu Ann has a website and has published a book talking about her year of firsts. I read the book and it motivated me to try a year of firsts. Lu Ann is at luanncahn.com and her blog has all her firsts. She determined that a first could be something you hadn’t done in 10 years. Here is my A Year of Firsts. Make sure to go see my guest post on Lu Ann’s blog and leave a comment. I have also found another blogger who is participating in A Year of Firsts. She is coming up on her 62nd birthday and so she is doing one first per week for 62 weeks. Her blog is Bunny’s Girl. Stop by and say hello to her I have found another person who is doing A Year of Firsts. She also read Lu Ann’s book and was inspired. Cindy Moore from Going Beyond is blogging about her year of firsts. Take a look a her blog. She has done some fantastic things!!