I can’t even remember the last time I wrote about my workouts/fitness. Why? I guess it’s less of an obsession and more a part of daily life – and I’m actually grateful for that. I long for the day when food is not constantly on my mind, when I can go about my day without “what am I going to eat next” constantly running through my mind. But I digress. This post is about fitness, right?
Right. So, I have a way of finding myself in plateaus – I reach a certain point with my strength and such, and can never break out of it. I know I can push harder, I know I can go farther. I have decided to try something new.
I have a dedicated journal only for workouts – what I did, how hard it was, how I felt during and after, etc. This will help me with a few things:
- changing it up – a big problem of mine is getting into workout ruts. I do the same classes and exercises over and over, and my body gets used to it. Must keep challenging myself!
- not overdoing it – I have a tendency to go too far some times, and not take enough rest/easy days. The journal makes me feel that I am still fit, that I deserve those rest days.
- pushing harder – I can see what weight I lifted, how far I ran, etc, and go just a little bit harder the next time.
I’m only a week and a half in, but so far I have done a good job of doing something different each day. I am still not entirely sure what works for me when it comes to maintaining strength and endurance levels. I tend to fluctuate a lot from week to week, and I’d like to see what could possibly prompt these changes. I’m incorporating lots of different things -some new- into my weekly regimen:
- yoga – I need to learn how to relax. big time. my biggest problem in almost any sport/activity is that I am too tense or too rigid.
- heavy lifting – lifting little 5 lb weights won’t help me get stronger
- interval training – I get bored with hours of cardio, but I love how it feels. Higher intensity, less time.
- bodyweight & plyometrics – mostly in the form of workouts from bodyrock.tv
- TRX – my gym has suspension training straps, and holy crap these are hard.
- stability – isometric training and work on the stability ball. also, pilates.
- dance – it’s been almost a month since I took a dance class other than Zumba. I need to get back to it. Dance just makes me feel good and strong.
- everything else – circuits, running, elliptical, core, workout videos, etc.
[[Can you tell I like lists?]]
The past few weeks have been something like this: 3 days running – 1 interval, 1 speed, 1 distance. Abs & core 3x/week, 2-3 days strength (upper and lower body) , and 1-2 rest/stretch days. I usually do strength workouts on easy cardio days, and switch up when I do core – or I’ll include core work in my strength circuits.
So there we have it. While I’d like to keep posting about my workouts, I have a feeling that it will be put on the back burner for a while with all the traveling and transitioning I’m about to do. Plus, realistically, I’m much more likely to just take pictures of things/food and let those drive the posts. And I typically don’t take pictures of workout-related things.
We shall see when the next fitness post shows up. Maybe in another month?
I’m going to a yoga class tomorrow (thursday) morning. While I have done a lot of at-home yoga, guided by podcasts and videos, this will be the first class I attend in who knows how long. After my 4 days in a row of higher intensity workouts, I’m forcing myself to take it easy for a day. As much as I would love to do more strength training, I have a sinking feeling that is a bad idea. Yoga it is.
Do you track your fitness?
Current favorite workout or fitness class?