Only three more posts in my 30 day blogging challenge!
Today I want to focus on weekly workouts.
It’s hard to stick to working out regularly, especially when you’re really busy.
Fitness is important to me, so I’ve found easy ways to ensure I’m working out different parts of my body, at least a little bit, each week.
Here’s a summary of my week in workouts.
I’m primarily a runner, so most of my workouts are focused on making sure my body is healthy enough to run long distance.
I try to change it up and do things that are effective, but not too time consuming.
Monday: Morning yoga. This one is hard to stick to, because I’m usually super tired on Monday mornings. Every time I do get up and get some yoga in, though, I’m so happy I did. I like to do some quick videos, and one of my favorites is Yoga with Adrienne. She has so many videos to choose from, focusing on all different muscle groups or objectives. I always feel relaxed and ready to take on the week after some morning yoga.
Tuesday: Morning abs. I do a few YouTube videos in bed after I first wake up. Doing things the lazy way kind of tricks my body into thinking I’m still relaxing, while I’m actually strengthening and toning my muscles. A few of my favorite YouTubers for workouts are Pamela RF and Rebecca Louise. Both of these women have short videos (10, 20, or 30 minutes) that totally blast your abs. The 10 minute six pack workout by Pamela RF is a killer, and only takes 10 minutes to do!
Wednesday: Arms. I use free weights at night while watching TV. This is another one I tend to slack on, but when I stop doing it I definitely notice a difference in the way my arms look. I have very little upper body strength, so all I need for this is a 5lb dumbbell. I’ve collected arm workouts from magazines over the years, so I follow those exercises, but you can also find plenty of great ideas on Pinterest.
Thursday: Abs (again!) and some back. Abs are really important for running because they help with speed and with overall form. When I’m slacking on abs, not only is it harder for me to run faster but I also start to feel pain in my hips and other areas. Same thing with my back; if I don’t strengthen those muscles, my performance suffers and then I’m left with pain afterwards. It’s crazy how all of the muscles work together and depend on one another; I used to think running just required strong legs, but in order to be good at it you really do need to focus on full-body fitness.
Friday: Squats/lunges/whatever other leg and butt exercises I can think of while I’m getting ready in the morning. I’ll do squats while brushing my teeth, lunge to my closet to pick out my clothes and then back after getting dressed, and do calf raises while I’m flossing. It sounds silly, but working these moves into my morning routine is an efficient way of slowly increasing the strength of important muscle areas.
Saturday/Sunday: Long run day and rest day. Depending on my fitness level and where I’m at with training, I do try to run multiple times per week. However, right now I’m taking it easy and the only race I have planned is a 5k, so I’ve been running on the weekends only. I wake up early and do anywhere between 3-5 miles (again, this number drastically increases when I’m working towards a larger goal or longer race). If I run on Saturday, then Sunday becomes my rest day, and vice versa. This week I ran on Sunday because I had to get up early yesterday to look at some cabinets for our future kitchen. My weekly run is by far my favorite workout, and I’m excited to work back up to running 3-4 times a week.
I also do ankle exercises 2-3 times per week because I’ve had a lot of issues with weak ankles.
I was a ballet dancer for 17 years and after I stopped dancing my ankles got very weak and I was constantly getting injuries.
I don’t really count this as a workout, more like maintenance, but it’s just as important because if I don’t take care of my problem areas, they can keep me from being able to workout hard altogether.
Another thing I do sporadically is get on the stationary bike at work.
This year, my office put in a few stationary bike desks, and I’m so excited to have that as an option.
When I’m not stuck in meetings or running around, I’ll sit on the bike for 30-60 minutes and get a workout in WHILE I’m doing stuff for work.
It’s so convenient and another easy way to fit some activity into my bust schedule.
As I mentioned, my workouts tend to change as my training goals change.
I’m planning to do at least another half marathon this year (maybe another full marathon, too), so I’ll do another future post with my more intense training schedule when I’m back to that.
Until then, I’ll stick to my lazy morning workouts. 🙂 <3