It’s no secret that since January I got my act together and starting working on my fitness. Along with multiple other things. Since then, I feel like a completely different person. Someone who actually likes working out. Who makes it a priority. Who eats well and tries to truly live well, rather than running around like a chicken with my head cut off, just trying to please each person who put a request in front of me for my time/energy/creativity/productivity. Whew. Thank goodness that’s over.
So now I walk a lot, and I even run a good bit! I do yoga almost every day, and I use a medicine ball to do some strength work. Nothing revolutionary. In fact, nothing even remotely hardcore. But it’s fun and it fits into my still-busy schedule, and most importantly, it works. So I thought I’d write a quick post about the things that have been working for me.
That hazards of at-home workouts: cats and dogs vying for attention. The Honorable Judge Wallace Cat-O is especially demanding.
So my newest craze is medicine ball workouts. I first got hooked thanks to Kelly Ripa and her ABC workout. This is an older version than the one she did recently with Michael Strahan, but the workout is still great, even back in 2007!
Another one my husband, Wheat, recommended to me is the Carolina Tar Heels 400 Workout. I highly recommend it now, too! And this workout series by Popsugar is one I discovered earlier this week, but have already incorporated some of the moves into my routine (some of them are the same as the ones in the Tar Heels 400).
On days I’m crunched for time, I do a quick 20 minute medicine ball workout. High intensity, short time, certainly better than nothing! :) I follow it up with usually at least 10 to 15 minutes of yoga. On days I have more time to spare, like days I work from home, I go for a half run/half walk with Juin and listen to my audio books. She enjoys it just as much as I do!
And finally, on days I’m working in Thomasville, I get my butt into a yoga class at ma gurl Lindsey’s yoga studio. Lotus Yoga & Holistic Wellness just opened up in its permanent location on Monroe Street (behind the post office and across from the Big Oak). It’s adorable and beautiful and fabulous and I’m so excited my office is so close by! Congratulations, Lindsey!!
I’ve found that mentally challenging myself by rotating through quick, high intensity workouts, longer walks/runs with audiobooks, and mental/spiritual/physical yoga keeps me engaged, never bored, and actually excited about exercise. What are your favorite workouts? Any youtube videos or links? Share them in the comments, por favor!
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. -Psalm 139:14