Good morning friends! I hope all of you had a wonderful Easter weekend and are going into this week feeling refreshed and ready to tackle whatever's coming at you this week! I thought it might be fun today to talk about my workout routine. I'm finally feeling like I'm comfortable at the gym and like I have a good routine down when it comes to fitness. Nothing crazy, but I actually look forward to working out and I'm so happy that I've found something that works for me!
When I was training for the 5k, I ran all of the time. Now that I'm just trying to get fit in general, I run when I'm in the mood, but I normally either do a spin class or weights/machines on my own on these days. I basically go from head to toe, so I do shoulders, chest, back, arms, abs, glutes, thighs, and then calves! It seems like it would take forever, but because I know my routine and know which machines I like it actually goes quite quickly. I love doing squats and sit ups, but I try to watch Youtube videos and look up different workouts so that I'm changing it up every now and then. I love Clean Eating Alice's instagram because she posts recipes, but also easy to follow workout videos. Sometimes I just find a spot at the gym and just do one of those!
I am so excited to fill y'all in on my newest craze that I'm so behind on! I tried my first barre class a couple of weeks ago and now I'm obsessed. If you haven't heard of barre before, it's a class based on ballet stances and small, repetitive movements with a little weight or resistance. It's low impact but really helps me tone muscles and burn a few hundred calories. I can't dance at all, much less hold any kind of rhythm while I'm working out, so the fact that barre was based on ballet really scared me at first, but it's so not intimidating like I thought. I haven't been able to touch my toes since I was in ekementary school, but during stretching in my third class I could reach them! After class I feel very lean and toned and I can't recommend it more!
I used to be such a bum on weekends - sleeping late, eating like poo, and not doing much of anything. These days, I like to be a little more active just to make the most of my time. Don't get me wrong, I love lazy days as much as anyone, but I also love being able to take a walk on the lake with my family or go for a run without having to be anywhere at any specific time. Plus, I find if I do something a little more active than I'll also eat better and be more productive when it comes to getting ready for the week ahead.
All in all, I just try to get moving for at least 30 minutes a day and switch up my routine from cardio, to HIIT, to weights. As long as you're doing something, you're making progress. When I started going to the gym I was so hard on myself with seeing progress and constantly compared myself to others. Now I just try to enjoy it and realize that every little bit is doing something good for my body, which is strong and healthy and can only get better, so if you're feeling discouraged, try and look at it that way!I hope sharing my routine helps you make one of your own!