Personal Reflection For A Fitness Project

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This year, I decided to take Virtual P.E. instead of the traditional course in order to avoid scheduling conflicts with my full array of classes in the upcoming school year. My fitness-based project gave me opportunity both to stay fit and, as suggested by Adams, to improve the quality of my summer. In order to make the most of my experience, I looked for activities that I enjoy and that would help me to achieve my goals. The set of cardiovascular activities I selected targeted my first goal, improving my running 5k time. My regimen included weekly 5k trials to measure my progress, hill workouts to improve my hill stamina, and long runs to improve my endurance. Later in the summer, I expanded my aerobic workouts to include bike rides for cross …show more content…
I was generally happy with the choices I made planning my summer. I especially enjoyed running and biking outside, since it allowed me to be out in the sun. I often ran in the morning, while the sun was up but it was not yet too hot. I am also happy with my gym workouts, although I found them to be much more tedious and repetitive. The biggest benefits of the gym workouts for me were the simplicity and regularity. Looking back, I would look for better ways to add variety to my gym workouts to avoid a lack of motivation from boredom. Along with my interest level, a major factor in designing my fitness program was adherence to fitness principles and strategies. First, I took the FITT principle (frequency, intensity, time, and type) into consideration. Frequency was incorporated in my regular schedule - runs, bike rides, and gym workouts were each planned three times a week, giving my time for rest days. I monitored intensity as I went through the program, while planning ahead of time to limit super high-intensity activity to my weekly 5k trial runs. Time was mainly involved in conjunction with intensity, balancing the two for effective workout. The types of activities were dictated by my fitness goals. Second, I incorporated the strategies of …show more content…
I have discovered that even when I have to get up early to work out before going to my job (or school), regular exercise gives me energy throughout the day and I feel better. I have also learned that I can always improve my physical fitness. Over the last three months, I have improved both my cardiovascular fitness and muscular strength. Because of the benefits I have seen, I am more likely to continue to exercise after this summer is over. Along with continuing in martial arts, I plan to go for morning runs and keep doing pushups and situps to maintain my strength. I hope that the skills I have acquired this summer will help me to live a happy and healthy

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