A journey of purpose. One gal's search for a balanced life .
I’m beginning to associate exercise with “me time.” A couple of weeks ago I may have used the same time watching TV. Dedicating an hour or so a day to exercise pays back in dividends because afterwards I am more conscious of what I put into my body, so then I don’t feel guilty for being lazy or eating crap!
Other things I’ve noticed:
I am worried about when I start another challenging rotation (next week=Family med with my school’s medical director!) will I continue to dedicate the time to myself? I’ve been arming myself with a collection of at-home workouts, filled with body-weight exercises that I can do just in case I can’t make it to the gym before it closes.
Speaking to the ability for life to de-rail fitness goals, I thought I’d touch on this concept of “doing something active everyday.” It doesn’t have to be much time, but it has to be pushing physical limits & having me drenched in sweat. I love the days where I can spend an hour or so at the gym: warmup for a few, lift weights, then cardio. However, let’s be real here…that’s ideal & life gets in the way. That’s where my at-home HIIT collection comes into play. Here’s a few that’s I’ve collected from various sites/bloggers:
So, yesterday I skipped the gym entirely & went to the rafting on the river! This was Stoney’s actual birthday present :). It was a long, fun day of intermittent rowing & lounging. It rained for much of it, but that was ok cos we always have fun together.
Today I got back to the gym. Here’s what I did: Legs & HIIT the Elliptical
Squats: 40#, 10 repsx4
Sumo squats: 30#, 10 repsx4
Stand calf raise: 40#, 20 repsx4
Sit calf raise: 40#, 20 repsx4
Leg press: 165#, 10reps x4
Cardio: 25 min HIIT on the elliptical. Max HR 173, Average HR 166. 5 min cooldown. 10% incline throughout.
I liked this cardio routine. The resistance had my quads burning, & in combo with the squats I know I’ll be feeling that for a couple of days :). This will be good to balance the tightness I feel currently in my posterior chain (deadlifts!). Going to get back to work now…happy Tuesday, all :).