Working out is a chore for me. Something I have to do to keep my body healthy and active, but not something I enjoy or look forward to doing. Don’t get me wrong, I love the feeling I have after I have worked out, but it never lingers with me long enough to make me look forward to the next time I have to work out. The part I do enjoy about a workout is reading about what other people’s workout routines. I love reading the different exercises people do, and the creative ways that people come up with to make working out not such a bore. In case any of you are people who like to read about working out more than you like working, this post is for you! And I will admit, preparing to write this post has helped take my mind off the actual working out, thus making it a lot more enjoyable and bearable than usual. Consistency My goal is to workout at least three times a week. It is an easily attainable goal that still makes a difference in my life. I have had periods in my life when I worked out 5-7 times a week. While I really saw a difference in my body when I was working out that much, I couldn’t sustain it. After a few months I would burn out and eventually stop working out altogether. It has been almost a year since I made it my goal to workout at least three times a week and I have been achieving that week after week ever since. It’s the longest I have ever worked out consistently!
The Skeleton My workout routine has changed a bit here and there in the last year. It began with going to a barre class (what up Pop Physique!) three times a week, morphed into a combo of barre classes and going to the gym, then just going to the gym, and now to working out at home. For the last six months, no matter if I am at the gym or at home, I have followed a similar routine. My routine consists of exercises I learned in my barre classes, exercises I used to do when I was a competitive cheerleader in high school, and exercises I have learned over the years by doing workout videos, working with a personal trainer and watching other people at the gym.
- Cardio- I do at least 30 minutes of cardio to start. This looks like 30 minutes on the treadmill, elliptical, arc trainer, or most recently running 8 flights of stairs multiple times.
- Strength Training- I follow cardio with three strength training circuits. Within in these circuits I do 3-4 exercises for each of these areas:
- Upper body
The Exercises I am going to highlight a few of my favorite exercises, if you want a detailed explanation of my whole routine, let me know. You can also see some of the new things I am trying by checking out my Pinterest board called Let’s Get Healthy.
- Upper Body
- Regular plank, forearm plank, and left and right side planks
- Held for at least 30 seconds each
- Bicep curls, and shoulder press
- 15-20 reps
- Squats, and calf raises
- 20 reps
- Straight leg crunches and leg lifts
- At least 20 reps
Cool Down The most enjoyable part of my whole workout is the cool down and stretching. Once I have done each set of strength training three times, I meditate. I take a few minutes to focus and calm my breath. After meditating, I stretch. Rob and I are on opposite sides of the fence when it comes to stretching. Rob believes that it can do more harm than good so he never stretches. He has also been blessed with a very flexible body (he can put his legs behind his head while he sitting!). I believe that stretching is good for you and that it will prevent your body from stiffening too much as we get older. I make sure to stretch each body part that I worked out, but I never push myself to be more flexible. I do each stretch just to the point where it feels good, hold it there for a few seconds and then move on. I do believe that if you push too hard during stretching, you can injure yourself so I am very careful.
Water I have a water bottle filled with cold water within reach at all points in my workout and I try to drink the whole thing by the time I am done stretching. Staying hydrated is indisputably good for you.
The Future Despite everything I have said, there are a few workout related activities that I am excited to try.
- Spotify Recently Spotify came out with their Spotify Running feature. When you go for a run it will play music that matches your pace. I really actually want a feature that will play music that matches my goal pace. For example if for 3 minutes I want to run at a 5.5mph pace, I’d like a song to play that, if I matched my pace to the song, I’d be running at 5.5mph. Then I could make a playlist for running outside that would force me to change my pace from time to time just by listening to the songs. I prefer running on treadmills for this reason. I push myself to change my pace periodically. When I run outside, I am not good at pushing myself. I will go at one pace the whole time and get bored. But until the feature I dream of becomes a reality, Spotify Running is something I am excited to try.
- One Song Workouts On Pinterest I have seen mention of workouts that you can do within in the time frame of one song. This has been intriguing to me and I think I am finally going to give it a try. I pinned a Buzzfeed article that has some examples of songs and workouts if you want to give it a try too!
Now it’s your turn! I want to know what your workout routine looks like!