So after that foodie-overload post, I figure it’s time to write a post centered around fitness. I’m deviating from my roots a bit, this is the first post that does not contain a single picture of food!
For me, fitness has become part of a routine. While this is really good in some ways, it makes it really difficult to keep up the exercise when the routine falls apart. I haven’t had many days in a row (not counting one or two here and there) where my routine changed drastically, until my trip.
What I did to stay on track:
- walk everywhere I could – within a reasonable distance
- dress comfortably, so I could move easily
- bodyrock HIIT workouts in the morning
- resistance band strength exercises
- stretch every day (didn’t quite make it)
Even doing these things, I felt my strength and endurance slipping. It did not feel very good, but I opted to just go with it, and enjoy my vacation. I’m starting to realize that I really enjoy going to the gym, and for some reason it forces me to push myself harder than when I work out at home. Would I love not to have to go anywhere to work out? Yes. Do I hate it? No, especially because of how I feel afterwards. I think that as time passes, I’ll get better at pushing myself – not because I feel the need to stay in shape, but because I love the after-workout, sweaty, energized feeling.
First step at pushing harder during at home workouts, investing in a real interval timer!
Thank you, photobooth. Yes, I know the label is backwards, but I’ve given my lovely camera a bit of a rest day. Basically I’m too lazy to take it out today.
Even though I’m back to my ‘normal routine’, there are a few things bringing me down:
- lost strength, muscle and endurance this past week
- I’ve gained more weight, slipping more on eating habits
- the awful sunburn down my entire front – making workouts painful and slow
- lack of ab / core work, because of the horrible sunburn
- I did something to my right foot, and now it hurts to bend it back, and when I put pressure on it there is something rubbing / grinding as well. I just really hope I didn’t screw anything up too horribly
I’m going to try getting back into the workouts I love. Including:
- elliptical and treadmill intervals
- stair stepper
- heavy arm and shoulder weights
- weight circuits
- stretch / yoga
- dance (?)
- biking outdoors
- getting more into running
How I’m going to get there:
- I’m now making it a point not to push too hard
- I’m going to ease back into it, and not expect immediate results
- I’m going to stop if something hurts
- I’m going to listen to my body, and do what it wants
- I’m going to have fun and feel good
Tomorrow’s workout plan: stair stepper, running stride elliptical, low movement / impact core – planks, legs, etc.
How do you get back on track after a week or so of falling out of your ‘exercise groove’?