Is anyone else doing a happy dance for Friday! I sure am, for some reason this was just one that I wanted gone. Nothing bad really just that funk I mentioned and nasty winds making things worse. Luckily the weather for the weekend is supposed to be gorgeous and we have plans with family and friends 🙂
Yesterday was actually a really great day!
It started with an extra good breakfast,
Apple Pie Breakfast scramble, recipe coming soon! So good!
Then we got to SS (Stroller Strides) early so The Love Nugget could play for a bit since the weather was gorgeous!
Seriously he is growing so fast! I’ve never seen him climb this chain ladder but he mastered with no problem!
After SS we met some friends at Megusta for story time and craft.
All ready for story!
Painting with his buddy!
They were so cute painting together 🙂
The Love Nugget and I did some more crafting when we got home.
Auntie Gigi offered to watch the Love Nugget so The Hubby and I could go to happy hour for a little date night. She’s so awesome!
We went to a restaurant that serves local, fresh, sustainable meats and produce called Paul Martin’s.
I started with a Vodka Martini and the hubby got a Mojito.
Then we shared a few of their happy hour appetizers.
Steak Skewers (for the hubby), salmon, apple lettuce cups, Chicken skewers with bruschetta topping.
It was really nice to get out and enjoy some adult time even if it was just for a few hours. We also made a stop for a froyo treat but I forgot to snap a picture!
Okay, now before I get to fitness for the week, I need to announce the winner of the Simply Sophia Maria tank!
Congratulations Heather at Fit’n’cookies!
Message me your information and which tank you would like when you have a chance 🙂
Now, let’s talk about fitness! You may have noticed my week of workouts has gotten a little less intense or shorter than in the past. For example, here’s what a week of fitness looked like a few months ago,
Saturday – Interval run at the gym 9 x 400 meters for a total of 4 miles. 15 minutes of abs.
Sunday – 7 mile run on the treadmill (felt awesome!)
Monday – 30 minutes on the Stair Stepper (the one with the moving stairs… not sure what it’s called) + Body pump class
Tuesday – Boot camp and 45 minute elliptical
Wednesday – Spin Class + Piyo Class
Thursday – Stroller Strides Class + 3 mile run
Friday – Fitmixer Boot camp + 30 minute elliptical
Compared to this weeks workouts,
Saturday – Rest
Sunday – 6 mile outdoor run
Monday – This super sweaty workout in our garage + yoga from Yoga Downloads
Tuesday – Bootcamp + Foam Rolling
Wednesday – Spin+ abs
Thursday – Morning yoga sun salutations + Stroller Strides
Friday – I couldn’t fall asleep last night until almost 11:00 (late for me) so I turned off my 5:00am alarm to get up and work out. 7-8 hours of sleep is much better for my body than a quick workout! We have plans to meet a friend this morning so I might get in a run later or some at home yoga 🙂
Well, there’s a few reasons really.
The first is that I began hearing more and more about how too much exercise is not necessarily the best choice. I used to spend countless hours each week at the gym trying to get my sweat on. If I left before an hour was up, I felt like I hadn’t gotten a good enough workout. However, research is showing that unless your training for an endurance activity, less might actually be more. You may remember me mentioning before about how shorter, more intense workout sessions are gaining ground and for good reasons too. The results seen from these types of exercises paired with a healthy diet are much better than those seen in people who are spending countless hours on cardio equipment.
Now, as much as I know this and have been working at decreasing my time spent doing cardio or in classes, I have not been so great at doing something else that is SUPER important. Rest! More than one day a week of rest at that. I’m so trained to get in at least 5-6 days of fitness that I don’t take into account the way my body is feeling or that a few full days of rest is actually good for my recovery. You see, I actually enjoy that constant sore feeling that I have from working out and when it’s not there, I feel like I’m slacking. However, I had been noticing a few sign that I was over training so I’ve been working really hard to cut back. Let’s talk a little about those signs,
1. You feel exhausted, rather than energized – I really noticed this when I cut out sugar including my Fitmixer Amino drink. I realized that it was helping me get through my workouts more than I thought it was. This isn’t necessarily how I want to get through my workouts. Sure, I enjoy the benefits of Aminos, but I dont’ want it to be the only thing fueling my exercise session or keeping me energized after.
2. You get sick a lot – Ummm… remember how I was sick throughout the entire month of February and then some! Holy cow I thought there was something seriously wrong with me! Then I started putting two and two together and realized my body was trying to tell me something… slow down!
3. You have an increased resting heart rate – this is one I haven’t checked so I’m not too sure if I was experiencing it or not.
4. Your legs feel “heavy.” – Again when I cut out all the sugar, I remember being in a spin class (a weekly occurrence) and my legs feeling as if they were pushing weights on the pedals. They were so exhausted feeling and definitely not my normal quick moving tree trunks!
5. Your sore all the time – Like I said, I actually enjoy this. However, I was noticing that I would wake up and the soreness was starting to bother me. It wasn’t ever that, “oh my god I can’t sit on the toilet” sore, just constant tightness. Even though I don’t mind it all that much, the fact that I feel strange when I don’t feel sore isn’t necessarily a good thing.
So, noticing these 5 signs along with research I’ve been doing and information I’ve been hearing has definitely led to me slowing down a little bit. I’m consciously trying to make an effort to do some more low impact exercise along with some of my normal workouts. Walking, stretching, yoga, meditating, and more walking. Jim Laird writes a great article on what over exercising (along with stress), did to his health and how he recovered from it. One thing he tells his clients and suggests with his training is to truly rest. Take a bath, read a book, meditate, turn off the mind and relax. We often put so much stress on our bodies and minds that we don’t realize the toll it can be taking on us. As I get older, I’m realizing the importance of listening more to my body and slowing down which will hopefully be better for my health.
Yesterday morning I woke up early and couldn’t go back to sleep. I was planning to go to Stroller Strides for my workout but since I was up I was thinking about hopping on the elliptical or heading to the garage for a tabata workout. Then I stopped and remembered to SLOW DOWN! So I did get up but instead of doing cardio or tabata, I drank a glass of water and practiced about 15 minutes of Yoga Sun Salutations. AND… it felt great!
- Any fun plans for the weekend?
- Do you ever find yourself over doing it?
- Do you listen to your body or keep going?
- What forms of active rest do you enjoy?