Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Workout Freedom

Workouts this week have been so freeing!

I went to the gym on Sunday and felt totally free to do anything I wanted.  Usually I only go to the gym for two reasons: (1) because I'm teaching a class (3 times a week) or (2) it's too cold/dark/rainy/etc. outside to run so I'm forced to run on a treadmill.

Donny was gone all afternoon and I had nothing else planned, so I had what felt like, all the time in the world to do any workout I wanted. And I was in the mood for a little bit of everything. Here's what I did:
10 minutes on the elliptical (the kind with the swinging arms where you can only adjust the resistance)
10 minutes on the big stair stepper
5 minutes on the rowing machine (1117 meters!)
15 minutes on the elliptical (the one with the adjustable height and resistance)
After cardio I did 2 rounds of:
10 tricep dips
10 push ups
10 full sit ups
*Side note: I'm kind of getting into the rowing machine.  I can literally feel every muscle in my body engage and it's really hard, but in a good way, ya know? I highly recommend trying it out. My goal is see how many meters I can go in 5 minutes.
But back to the subject...  Sunday's workout was little but really nice.

Yesterday morning I got up early and did Bob Harper's 25 minute glutes and core workout.
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It was short but just what I needed. 

Now don't get me wrong - I love training for race and running 3-4 times a week. The routine feels good and it's awesome to challenge myself and see improvements.  I also love teaching my classes and it's great accountability. When working out is my job, the excuses of being tired or just "not in the mood" don't quite fly.

But all that can be a little constricting sometimes as well. So I really look forward to having my own time for working out.

So all that to say, I really like exercising! Whether I have to or not. It's nice to have days/weeks where I reminded how good it makes me feel.
Kind of a random photo - but I figured it kind of relates to my subject - and doesn't my sexy photographer have mad skills?

I wish more people got to experience the thrill of an awesome workout.

I've been reading this "diet" book called Made to Crave.  The author takes a biblical approach to weight loss and looks more at the reasons as to why we overeat than providing any magical diet plan. She reasons that God made us to desire Him - and when that desire is misplaced, whether it be overindulging in food, alcohol, sex or whatever - that's where we get into trouble.  I'll do a full review when I finish, but one of the things that stood out to me is when she talked about finding her desire to exercise. She said that the best exercise is one that you'll do.

The best exercise is one that you'll do. 

I wish more ladies believed that.  Running or going to the gym doesn't have to be you "thing" but there's got to be something active that you enjoy.  Whether it's Zumba, pilates, rock climbing, hiking - something!

I just know how good I feel after a great workout and I want everyone to have that opportunity.

So for the question of the day...
 Do you feel like you're just not "cut out" for exercising? Is there an unique and fun way of working out that you've found that might help others?

And here's a random joke I read this week that made me laugh...

Q: How do you know if someone's ran a marathon?

A: Don't worry, they'll tell you.


  1. Sometimes I give myself a 'bonus' workout where it's not scheduled and I just do whatever I want. "oh hello weights- what do I want to do with you?" I'm normally so focused an approach each workout with a specific goal (training for a race, working towards a lifting rep/max goal etc..) that sometimes it's nice to just let myself have kind of a 'free for all' approach during my workout. Still get my sweat on, but without the pressure.
    That marathon joke is hysterically true. I haven't even run one yet, but I already talk about it too much.

  2. I just ordered that book! I read about it on another blog and am really looking forward to reading it! :) And I *LOVE* workouts where you just go hard, doing whatever you want... best feeling EVER!