I have been rowing for 39 days. The halfway mark is a great time to reflect on my progress so far.
Action Plan Progress:
- DONE – 8/5 different rowing workouts attempted
- DONE – 5/5 instructional videos watched
- DONE – Created a Pinterest inspiration board
- DONE – Researched the benefits of rowing for improved cardio health
- DONE – Watched a documentary about rowing
- 1/2 books read about rowing
- Attend an indoor rowing class
Lessons Learned: I’ve been trying a lot of different rowing exercises, but every other day I do 10 minutes of interval rowing. This keeps me on track with my habit, but it also allows me recovery time. On days that I am especially sore, I will just do 10 minutes of easy rowing (20-24 strokes per minute). It is important to listen to your body when starting a new exercise regimen.
Even with easy days built in, I have managed to lose 5 pounds since I started this habit. My heart rate is also trending down which is a great sign and a major reason for tackling this habit!
I’ve also found that when I focus on a healthy habit it helps kickstart the other healthy habits I have cultivated. When I get up early to row, it makes me want to eat a healthy breakfast. I’ve also gotten back into the habit of getting my 10,000 steps every day. Why would I bust my butt rowing and then loaf around all day and not get my steps?
A support system to keep me accountable has also been very helpful. The Captivated by Curiosity Accountability Group on Facebook has helped me stay motivated for rowing and posting about my progress on this blog.
Rowing is challenging and fun. I haven’t dreaded a workout yet, but there have been a few late nights where I was not at all motivated just determined to get my rowing workout done. I want this habit to stick and I cannot wait to get out on the water are the end of my first 66 days!
If you have any suggestions to help me continue to improve my rowing skills please share them in the comments below!