It’s been a month or so since I’ve done a weekly workout recap. I took a short hiatus from posting them weekly and I’m not sure if I’ll go back to day-by-day weekly recaps or maybe do a “recent workouts” type post occasionally like I do with recent eats.
As you guys know, my focus for the first half of 2016 has been strength, strength, strength! It’s been a wonderful challenge with great results but with pushing my body to a new level has come a need for more rest.
I have a post planned with details about working out with my trainer along with my own personal strength work but one thing I love most about the workouts is that they don’t leave me so sore that I can’t do anything the next day. I hate being that sore! But even without the soreness I’ve had a greater desire to just chill on the days between my hard workouts and either take complete rest days or active rest with walks with the pups or yoga.
Over the past 2 months or so, I would say I’ve averaged 1 complete rest day every week and 1-2 active rest days. In an ideal world, I move my body every day (even if it’s just a long walk and that’s something I like to give the pups as much as possible too!) but that’s not always the way it shakes out in the real world. As I’ve shared in the past, I don’t schedule my rest days. I take them for one of two reasons, 1) I intuitively feel like I need to rest on that day or 2) my day gets so busy I end up not fitting it in. This isn’t what I prescribe for everyone but it’s what works for me.
I find that by varying the ways I move my body that there’s always something I feel like doing between walking, running, yoga and strength….sometimes there’s just simply not the time to fit it in and on occasion I just want to do nothing! 🙂
Always remember that there is absolutely nothing wrong with changing your physical exercise routine or mentality. As you get to know your body better and better, you’ll intuitively understand what makes you feel the best. As your goals change, your focus can change. And as you learn more and more, your whole mentality may shift. It’s a constant practice of honoring your body and challenging yourself to grow while feeling your absolute best in your own skin!
I’d love to hear about where you are on the spectrum right now, what your focus is and how you build rest into your weekly routine.
With that, here’s a brief recap of this week’s workouts.
Steady Road Treadmill Workout with Marq Brown on Skyfit (24 mins, 3 miles) + training session
First, I am so hooked on Skyfit’s treadmill workouts. Second, I took a week off from my trainer and boy did I pay for it on Tuesday. She kicked my butt!
3.2 mile run at 8:11 pace with Zoey on Global Running Day
Wanted to get 4 in but ran out of time before teaching.
25 minute total body workout (5 rounds, 1 minute per exercise) that I shared on SnapChat. Follow me there to see more workouts @jendecurtins.
It was 7:15 p.m. and I’d just finished my last client of the day. I wanted to workout but I also wanted to go home and be done. I compromised with a short but intense workout and I was on the floor at the end of it!
Remixed Pop treadmill workout with Rochelle Moncourtois on Skyfit + short strength session
HOLY TREADMILL WORKOUT! I don’t know if I’ll ever finish this one “as taught” by Rochelle but it was so much fun and I was a sweaty mess after. I think I need to try some of her intermediate workouts! 🙂
Strength work focused on what I missed in previous days workout.
Long walk with the girls