I am by no means a fitness expert. On a good week you could consider me a fitness enthusiast though let’s get one thing straight.
I love working out. But I will always choose rosé over bent over rows.
That being said, I do my best to stick to a workout routine that fits my lifestyle and incorporates exercises/classes that I truly enjoy, thus increasing the likelihood that I’ll attend.
Below I’m sharing my typical workout routine for the week and just want to highlight that I am likely more advance than the average person (aka do not attempt to dive into this workout routine if you’ve never worked out before) and need you to know that every week does not always look like this LOL.
Some weeks I workout once, others I spend every day in the gym or finish a two-a-day if I’m really feeling it.
I always try to get in a workout on Monday just to set the tone of my week. Usually I’ll make it really easy or achievable so I’ll actually do it.
I either walk/run on an incline for 3 miles:
- 1st mile walk on incline of 4 and speed of 4
- 2nd mile on an incline of 1 or 2, run at 6
- 3rd mile incline of 6-8, speed of 4
- Toward the end of the 3rd mile (when I’m at about 2.5) I’ll pepper in some sprints if I’m feeling up to it, just to get my heart rate up
If I don’t feel like cardio on a Monday, I go to a hot yoga class because mentally it’s oh so good and I still get a lower impact workout in.
Tuesday is spin day! My favorite because I seriously love the way I feel emotionally post-spin. I don’t know if it’s the positive reinforcement from the instructors or endorphins or both, but I love how I feel when I ride. I flip between morning rides and evening rides depending on the time of year. Again I don’t knock myself if I don’t make it to a 7 AM class in the dead of winter. I can go at night, it’s not like I have anywhere to be on a Tuesday.
I typically wash my hair on Tuesday as well since I likely didn’t since the weekend.
Wednesday I take a day off or do something low impact again, similar to Monday (if I’m not going to be working out on the weekend). I love running, so if the weather is nice I might go for a 3 or 4 mile run just to get out of the house, though sometimes by Wednesday I’m ready for my couch and a glass of vino.
I don’t really do weights on my own, so I will either train with my sis who takes me through a circuit of weights or hit up Barry’s or do a Kayla BBG workout. Again, these are all accessible regimes that I can schedule and pay for (so I have to show up) or can do on my own schedule from the comfort of my home. Weight training has become so important as I’ve gotten older because I’ve noticed it really tones my body and leans our my muscles in a way that cardio can’t.
I’m not sure why I wait all week to torture myself with Lagree (pilates on a reformer) but I think it makes me feel good about going in to the weekend if I slack on workouts. I usually do a Friday morning work out (#1 as an excuse to get out of Thirsty Thursdays early and #2 because Friday evening I likely have plans) – it’s great to start the day and weekend with a sweat and this class is hard AF so if I am sore or overtired I can usually laze around Saturday morning.
Another hair washing day, usually after work, in preparation for plans. If I don’t get to it Fridays, I’ll workout one more time Saturday AM and then do a deep wash and hair mask.
I’m pretty flexible with what I do exercise-wise on the weekend. Usually I work out whichever day I don’t go out the evening before or choose the day that I have more plans on. I like to have at least 1/2 a day on the weekend where I can be at home, organizing and just not feeling pressured to be anywhere. It’s important for my mental health to have this break and shut off, so I either get my workout in before this or on the other day. The weekend workout is also really what I feel I need that week: it can be a long run with my sis, another Barry’s class or a second spin. I love that I make the weekend about choosing my own adventure because I find it excites me knowing that I’m going to be doing something I really want to do.
So that’s my workout routine. Is it overwhelming? You let me know your thoughts in the comments below please.
I also wanted to mention that my relationship with exercise totally changed when I stopped putting the pressure on myself to go 100% at each and every moment. Now it’s more about getting a sweat on and feeling good mentally.
Also, I’ve learned that the key to a fitness regime is that consistency conquers all. Even if it’s just once a week, I still get a workout in because I know the minute I stop completely is the minute everything falls off the rails.
It’s an amazing feeling when you take on that attitude and realize that exercise is so much more than losing weight.
It’s about discipline, pushing yourself to overcome your assumed boundaries and knowing that you are in control of your body.
So tell me, how do you get your sweat on? I’d love to try some of your workouts as well, x.