Last weekend I did a rowing machine challenge that was a series of 5-minute rows with a progression of slower rates. The first row was at 17 strokes per minute, followed by another at 16, and so on, while doing it with enough power to sustain a reasonable pace.

I managed to get down to 10 strokes per minute, which was something I had never tried to do before. Rowing at such a slow rate requires a lot of core strength. Apparently, my core was weaker than I thought, because I was pretty sore through the midsection the next day and am still feeling it a little. The monthly subscription for my Hydrow rowing machine also includes yoga and other online workouts that are good for strengthening the core, so it’s about time I did a few more of them.

Word-art that says, "Challenge yourself."

Nurturing Thursday was started by Becca Givens and seeks to encourage self-nurturing and to “give the planet a much needed shot of fun, support and positive energy.”


  1. Sounds like an interesting workout and very challenging for me. May give it a try. Have a wonderful day and a happy new year.

  2. You always inspire me! I’m paying for a gym membership for many years, I was going before the pandemic, but since then I haven’t stepped my feet in there. I decided to go back this year, but nothing up to now.

    • I haven’t gone to a gym since the pandemic started either, Elizabeth. My husband and I were lucky that we bought our rowing machine in a Black Friday sale in 2019, so we already had it going into 2020 and could keep up with regular workouts. It’s hard to get back into an exercise routine after being away.

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