A Little Fitness Q&A

Happy Saturday! Nothing spectacular going on around these parts. As you know, I’ve been under the weather, so I’m still in recovery mode. This short & sweet fitness survey is floating around the blogging world, and I thought I would take advantage of the available writing prompt. Creativity at its finest today, folks. I’m sick and shameless!

1. Run or Walk?

I definitely prefer to go running! I do enjoy going for a walk, but I don’t typically count it as my daily workout. Walking definitely is great exercise though, and it was one of my favourite ways to workout when I was pregnant.

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Although I ultimately prefer running as cardio workout, walking was my activity of choice when I was pregnant with Thomas! This was at the end of my third trimester.

2. Treadmill or Elliptical?

I’m not a huge fan of cardio equipment, as I find it so boring. I did use the treadmill all the time when I lived in Calgary and did interval training, which helps to pass the time and is a great workout. Sometimes the elliptical makes my feet fall asleep. Anyone else? It’s nice living in Australia, as you can do cardio outside year round. Because of this, I haven’t used the treadmill or elliptical machine in a quite awhile, but I’m sure they’ll enter my workout regime again someday.

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My friend Al randomly messaged this photo to me awhile back and I’ve been waiting for juuust the right moment to use it.

 3. Longest distance you’ve ever run?

In all my years, I don’t think I have ever run more than 12 or 13 kilometres in one outing!  I’ve never been much of a racer, so haven’t felt motivated to run any longer than that. “10k” is probably my magic number  where I don’t have to train for it and feel great the entire time. Apparently when you play soccer at a high level, you run about 10km in a game. So maybe it’s a subconscious thing for me from all of my soccer playing years.

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I was always more the sprinting type…

4. # of days/week you work out?

Currently? About four. I’d like to get a fifth one in there, especially now that Thomas is older and can enjoy his one-hour of childcare at the gym. On my off-days, I try to stay active, just not necessarily in workout gear.

5. Favourite Cold Weather & Hot Weather Food?

Cold weather- soup, lasagnas/bakes, curry, and warm beverages.

Hot weather- summery salads and smoothies.

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6. Do you lift weights?

Yessir! I don’t lift heavy, but I try to challenge and fatigue my muscles without putting too much stress on my joints. Body weight exercises are also very effective. Strength training is so so so important for everyone.

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7. Is there a race you want to participate in?

I definitely would like to get over my long-distance running aversion and train for a half marathon. The Gold Coast 1/2 and San Francisco 1/2 are two that I would love to participate in someday. I’ve done some 5k, 8k, and 10k races before, but I’d like to make a point of doing them more often. It’s always amazing to take part in events with so many likeminded people, no matter the distance.

8. What is your favourite workout?

It’s important to me that I mix things up regularly. If I just went to the gym everyday and did cardio and repeated a weight routine over and over, I would be bored out of my mind (and would never see new results). Currently, I am enjoying bootcamp, Body Attack, and Body Pump group fitness classes. Other workout faves are running, spin class, yoga, lap swimming, hiking (missing my Rocky Mountains!), kickboxing, and taking a month or two and following a new gym strength training program.

9. Favourite Sports?

To Play Competitively: Soccer

To Play Recreationally: Volleyball

To Watch: Basketball, Hockey, Soccer, and almost all Olympic events

To Pretend I Understand: Aussie Rules Football

 

And that’s all she wrote! And now I must tag five healthy living bloggers who I think should participate in this fitness survey, too. I hate when they do that, but I guess I’ll play along. (Randomly selecting from my Bloglovin’ Roll…) HillaryMeredith, Cori, Sarah, Heather aaaaand anyone else who is reading this! Yah, surveys! 😉

Hope you are all having a great weekend!

9 Thoughts on “A Little Fitness Q&A

  1. Thanks Kelly, can’t wait to do this! I miss outdoor workouts in Australia, and I’m surely going to miss them all winter. It’s already almost too cold to run outside here, even bundled up! Hope you feel better!

  2. Ahh my feet fall asleep when I do the elliptical for too long as well! I’ve never heard of that happening to anyone else .. we are kindred elliptical spirits! Hahha. I find after about 20-25 minutes, the pins and needles kicks in and I can’t go any more!

  3. Great survey!!! I agree with a lot of your answers, too!! And you look amazing in that pic – I had to look closely to even notice that you had that the belly because the rest of you looks totally not-pregnant! lol
    Hope you’re having a great weekend!
    -Sammy

    • Kelly @ Femme Fitale on October 28, 2013 at 8:47 pm said:

      Oh, I think it was soon after this that I developed a legitimate waddle :)
      But thanks! I think it was beneficial to workout throughout pregnancy; it helped so much!

  4. Aw, you were so cute as a little girl!

    Most of my answers would look very similar to yours. I’ve never ran farther than 10k and our favorite workouts are pretty much the same too.

    I haven’t lifted weights in over a month so I am due for a nice round of Body Pump soon. I can get very scrawny (it looks unhealthy almost) if I don’t lift weights but I’m hoping to get back in the routine soon!

    • Kelly @ Femme Fitale on October 28, 2013 at 8:49 pm said:

      Love Body Pump! I thought about doing this certification too, but I don’t feel I’m able to lift enough weight to be an appropriate role model up there for my participants! I like how it’s geared for any level, though. Such a great workout.

  5. My favorite strength training workout is Group Power.. luckily I get my workout while teaching. It’s essentially the same workout at BodyPump just a different brand.
    It is definitely a great full body workout!

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