By now, many of you have received your April Women’s Health Birchbox so you know that this month is all about tiny tweaks, big results. In honor of that, our video intern, Charisse, is focusing on improving small things in her daily routine. She’ll be sharing the results with all of you, of course! First up: fitness.
Week One: Fitness
Lucky for me, the walk from my apartment to the Birchbox office is about one mile—a completely manageable foot commute. While I know I’m lucky I don’t have to take the subway or bus to get to work, I’d be lying if I said I happily walk the 20 minutes every day. Sometimes I’m running late, or it’s pouring down rain, or my choice of footwear is not exactly distance-appropriate. That’s when I’m guilty of hopping on the M34. But no more—I’m vowing to walk everyday. After all the New York Times says it may actually be better for me than hitting the gym!
Inspired by the bright sunny weather (and my just-downloaded Justin Timberlake album), I left my apartment in a pair of flat, comfy shoes. Beyond the fit factor, another perk of my walk is that I can take a new route everyday. By the time I get home from work, I’m halfway done with my workout because of the two miles of cardio I’m putting in by not taking the bus. All that’s left to do is hop on an elliptical for about 15 minutes and do some dedicated arms exercises.
I never thought I would become a morning person, but over the past few years I’ve been inching my way toward pre-dawn hours. The truth is, I hate coming home and going to the gym. I’d much rather get it over with in the morning to be able to come home, cook dinner, and watch whatever’s on my DVR. Walking to work has allowed me to split the cardio part of my workout into three increments: 15 minutes in the gym plus my walks to and from work. I’m happy to report that I’m already feeling the results of my added arm and leg exercises, plus my added walks.
While I’m fairly certain a few bystanders may have mistaken me for the Alice in Wonderland rabbitchanting “I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date,” I’m pleased to report that I walked to and from work everyday this week. Between my AM power walks and evening strolls, I improved my morning schedule and saved $25.00 in bus fares. Fitness tiny tweak was definitely a success!