Ups and downs of aerobic training

I had several requests to do a follow-up to last week’s video about physical conditioning… specifically to see what I do.

Disclaimer: I am not a pro in this realm. (-:

That being said, I thought it would be fun to take you with me on a walk and show you what I do for interval aerobic training at least 3-4 days a week.

That’s what this video is all about.


Heh, it’s Barb.

It’s a beautiful morning with the full moon rising in the West. I just had to capture it for us all.

I had several requests to do a follow-up to last week’s video about physical conditioning… specifically to see what I do.

I thought it would be fun to take you with me on a walk this morning to show you what I do at least 3-4 days a week.

First, I get dressed up. I pull my hair back. I put lots of makeup on (giggle). I’ve got my glasses goin’. And I have this cool stretchy headband that can also serve as a mask, or a neck warmer. I love this thing.

Here we go.

Our walk takes about 40 minutes. Most days, I go with my husband. We begin in our driveway.

Now I want to state a disclaimer. I hope this moving camera doesn’t make you feel a little nauseous. But sometimes you have to pay a high price to learn about fitness from a professional workout guru.

So here we go.

We love the tree tunnel that leads us to the main backroad that goes in front of our property. At the road, we hang a left and walk about a ¼ mile or so to our favorite part of the walk.

I won’t bore you with walking down the asphalt road. I’ll be back in about 8 minutes or so.

Ok. We love this part of the walk. This road is next to a wonderful Baptist Boys Ranch, Miracle Farm. It’s a gravel road. I love this road because it’s not an asphalt surface. It has beautiful Texas 100-year old oaks. This is how I envision the oaks in our driveway to be someday. I don’t think I’ll be around to see them, but you never know if you keep walking every day.

We also like this road because there’s no traffic and it’s hilly. This part of the walk to our endpoint takes about 10 minutes.

We have an endpoint that’s the halfway turnaround point. We tap the gate and head home. This takes about 20 minutes in total.

Now I start to get ready to do my interval training part of my walk. I won’t go into the details in this video about interval aerobic training but suffice to say it’s a lot like we want to do with our horses. You put energy out, and then you get energy back.

So when I round the corner up here and head down our beautiful side road, at a specific place, I begin jogging to get my heart rate up. My heart rate has been up, of course, more than resting for this entire walk, but now I’m going to take it higher because, number one, it’s great for our lungs (and I need that), and pumping blood throughout the body.

This is an excellent exercise for conditioning yourself to lower your heart rate in the saddle. When you are slower walking, you can tell yourself, “Stay cool and breathe.” When you jog or walk faster, you can say to yourself, “Ok, let’s go!” And then, when you walk again, tell yourself, “Stay cool.” Pretty soon, the words, “Stay cool,” will be conditioned to bring your heart rate down even when you’re not physically exercising. Cool, huh?

So here I go. I’ll start walking when I get winded.

I just started back doing this again. I used to do it all the time.

I’m only doing one interval of getting my heart rate way higher. I plan to do more as I get in better shape. I need to take care of my joints.

You don’t have to jog. You can do anything to get your heart rate up. You could walk faster up a hill and then slow down again. And go again.

Now we’re going up a hill back through the beautiful trees. Pretty soon, we’ll hit the main backcountry road and hang a left.

Ok. Now I’m back in our driveway for the final walk home.

So there you go! I hope you enjoyed this. I know it was a little rough, but be careful what you ask for!

I’m ending this video with the full moon rising in the East this evening. This has been a great day in pandemic quarantine.

Do you do interval aerobic training? If not, consider it. It can help you begin to think of all you do for yourself and with your horse as being in waves.

See you next week. Have a good week. Let me know what you think.

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12 Comments on Ups and downs of aerobic training

  1. Julie Wademan on Sun, 10th May 2020 3:39 pm
  2. That was a nice idea .. I enjoyed getting out for a walk and a change of scenery. thanks

  3. Virginia Moore on Sun, 10th May 2020 5:10 pm
  4. That was great to go along on your walk such beautiful scenery and trees.
    Really like the idea of the interval training. Thanks!

  5. Veronica on Sun, 10th May 2020 7:27 pm
  6. Thank you for taking us along with you and sharing your beautiful home with us! Wow what a beautiful area you live in. This is a great training idea.

  7. Joanne Milton on Sun, 10th May 2020 7:39 pm
  8. Loved that! It also made me think of the saying “The best time to plant an oak tree is 100 years ago!”

  9. Claire on Sun, 10th May 2020 11:07 pm
  10. What a lovely gift on Mother’s day! Thanks!
    I know it shouldn’t “matter”-but about how many miles do you trek? I’m a thinking three or four miles-but I’m terrible with time and your legs are a lot longer than mine! I’ve been really woosing out on walking with purpose and need to get back to it-this was inspiring-thanks!
    And a happy Mother’s day to all!

  11. Carol MacGregor on Sun, 10th May 2020 11:43 pm
  12. Hi Barb, Well, wasn’t this a fun video today!!! It was a wonderful Mother’s Day gift to all of us! I enjoyed going on your walk/jog with you and seeing the area and learning about what you say to yourself as you push ahead to increase your heart rate, and then the calming thoughts as you bring your heart rate back down. The scenery is just beautiful where you live!! Hopefully Nic is fine from his dental visit! Thank you–very fun video!!

  13. Maria M Dorrell on Mon, 11th May 2020 8:25 am
  14. Barb, I really enjoyed your video. My sister and I enjoy walking together sooo much sometimes we start on the road and end up walking through pastures and around the pond on her ranch. There is something so peaceful about hearing the sound of the a country road crunching with every step. Lately I have not been motivated to walk by myself and your video has inspired me. I do some of my best thinking while walking in nature.

    You have such a calming voice.

    Maria (Laura’s sister)

  15. janet freeland on Mon, 11th May 2020 4:41 pm
  16. Yes, this is so fun and educational too. thank you. I will use the lets go and stay cool statements too. I walk 3-4 times a week in the desert and up hills of sagebrush. Usually with my mini queensland. I jog for the count of 20 for 5 times to a total of 100 steps. It gives me focus to stop at 20steps for total of 5 times. I get my HR up this way and then walk til not winded and repeat. Usually 30-40 min, depends on where gone to and how many jogs I fit in. Thanks again.

  17. Sandra Gebhardt on Mon, 11th May 2020 7:16 pm
  18. Enjoyed your aerobics training video! Absolutely beautiful landscape. Love the tree lined lanes, which reminded me of a tree lined road I used to horseback ride on, leading to a beach! Great memories!

  19. Barb Austin on Tue, 12th May 2020 8:00 am
  20. I just loved this video… fun to see you out “in the wild’, lol! I do believe it is time for me to dust off those running shoes 🙂

  21. Judi Coyne on Thu, 14th May 2020 7:44 am
  22. LOVE this – especially the mind/physically conditioning component to control our heartrate etc – what a beautiful farm and area to walk/jog!! Thanks for sharing with us!

  23. Donna Fowler on Thu, 14th May 2020 3:22 pm
  24. Thanks so much Barb. I just love how genuine and caring you are with everything you are doing for us all. That walk/jog was so darn beautiful… and those trees…what a lovely spot. And the simple effective routine you shared was so doable.. well, once I get my new hip! In the meantime I watched it twice just because it was a breath of fresh air!! Thanks to your camera man too.. yes, that was refreshing too – love how you work together!

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