My Workout Routine
I’ll be honest: as I sit down to write this, I am not thinking about working out. I’m pretty tired after a day of spring cleaning (well, starting it, at least), cooking, and a trip to the dog park, aka my favorite place ever. I had a brief encounter with a miniature Aussie-Doodle that nearly made my heart burst with joy, and rather than raining all day like it was supposed to, the sun came out and the sky cleared. Now I’m listening to ABBA and thinking about that epsom salt bath that’s just calling my name…
But first, my sweet blog! This is my favorite little corner of the internet, besides Joanna Gaines’ Instagram account and the Yoga with Adriene YouTube channel. I like to imagine that it’s a quiet, peaceful little nook with a bunch of comfy pillows, a big cup of coffee (or tea), a few gluten free, vegan cookies (like these, which I just had for the first time + am absolutely obsessed with), a big window with lots of sunshine, and plenty of room to take a breath, slow down, and go with the flow.
Or maybe I’m just thinking about my bedroom? Who knows.
Anyway, one thing that I knew deep down in my heart is that, every time I sit down to write, I want to share a little bit of that quiet and softening. We live in a crazy world, don’t we? Everyone is always so busy. We wear it like a suit of armor, never allowing ourselves the “luxury” of slowing down (and isn’t it crazy that we consider slowing down a luxury? Thanks, but no thanks!), and if we ever do, we’re plagued with guilt. Blah. No no no. I’m not meant to live like that, and neither are you.
That being said, this Workout Routine post probably is going to be a liiiiiittle different than most workout routines. I like to move, but I like to move in ways that feel good; I’ve learned that that’s way more important than moving in a way that fits into a fitness plan…or impresses someone else.
For me, that means a regular yoga practice. I generally say “daily,” and, generally, that’s true; it’s rare for me to miss a morning. But just yesterday, I had a bad night of sleep and a long day of work, and I was just tired. I didn’t feel like doing anything more than sitting on the bed with my eyes closed, breathing in and out for about five minutes. And that’s fine. Today, I was back at it, on day 9 of Yoga with Adriene’s latest 30 Day calendar, and it felt good.
I also love going to the gym with Nick. Walking has always been a favorite of mine; I found it fairly meditative long before I ever started meditating, and it’s an easy, low-impact way to get my steps in. Walking the dogs in the park is always my first choice, but I’ve gotten to the point that I enjoy walking on the treadmill (and half-watching the seemingly endless reruns of Keeping Up with the Kardashians). My goal is generally 4 miles on the treadmill, then 5 minutes on the stairs (I’ve only been doing the stairs for about a week and am not loving it yet!).
Afterward, I try to do a few weighted exercises, whether it’s squat presses or using the machines. I have noticed a big difference in my ability to handle my body while doing yoga since I started added weighted exercises into my routine, which has been a pleasant surprise!
More than anything, though, I listen to my body. There have been days when I walk two miles and call it a day, because my energy is low and I’m just not feeling it. That’s fine. That just means more child’s pose and maybe a nap and a cuddle with the pups in the afternoon. And what could possibly be better than that?
What’s your go-to workout routine? Do you go to the gym, or workout at home? Let me know in the comments below!
Lots of love,
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