Today I’m focusing on self awareness during exercise. We are lucky at the Y that we are able to team teach BodyPump. I have a co-instructor and we split teaching the class 50/50. One of us teaches while the other participates as well as walks around and corrects technique.
Tonight while I was walking around making corrections during class it really hit me that sometimes we lack self awareness. Before you freak out on me and think that your instructors are judging you – STOP. It happens to everyone at some point in time – whether it be something new or something you’ve just become too comfortable with. You think you’re doing something right, it feels right and you’ve gotten in the habit of doing it that way.
The point of this post is to encourage you to stop and check in with your body from time to time. Instead of tuning out your instructors because you know what’s going on, try listening to what they’re saying and really taking a hard look at your technique/form. Sometimes the tiniest modifications can make the biggest difference in how things feel. And if it doesn’t feel good you can always go back to the old way.
One of the things I love about yoga is that my teachers give great verbal direction and provide physical assists that really help you understand how you should feel in a pose. You think you’re rocking something when along comes your teacher with a small assist and it’s like the pose has totally changed.
So your challenge from me is to get outside of your comfort zone a little the next time you’re doing something that requires self awareness. Think about how you can improve your form and what you can do to make it even better and stronger. I promise that I will focus on this too – there is always, always room for improvement.
I was up at 6 a.m. this morning for a tempo run. I covered 5.5 miles in 48 minutes and averaged an 8:44 pace. Not stellar but my legs were feeling really spent from the week’s exercise activities. Honestly, I should have skipped out on Wednesday night yoga. It kind of put me over the edge. I still enjoyed the run but I wasn’t as speedy as I hoped. Oh well, miles are miles!
Breakfast was unpictured but awesome. Oatmeal with bananas, fresh North Carolina blueberries and almond butter. It was so comforting after my run. I am usually full until lunch from oatmeal but for some reason I was starving again at 10:45 a.m. I’m blaming my hunger on the early run coupled with Wednesday night’s run and yoga.
Lunch was a repeat of Wednesday night’s dinner because it was so ridiculously good.
Grilled cheese! This time I added avocado and heirloom tomato slices. Salad on the side.
I had a new bar for my afternoon snack.
These new Clif C Bars were on sale at the grocery (way cheaper than my beloved Larabars) so I decided to give them a try. This apple bar featured only 9 ingredients and less fat and calories than a Larabar.
The verdict? Very tasty. I will most definitely be purchasing this again!
Dinner tonight was a bit random. We’re getting ready for one last travel weekend and heading to the beach tomorrow. I was baking Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread and Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Bars for the trip and kind of winged dinner.
Mixed greens with grape tomatoes, avocado, cucumbers, carrots and lite ranch dressing. A piece of cornbread on the side.
Off to finish up packing. Tomorrow is going to be a crazy day! I have early morning yoga and a lunch meeting so I must have everything packed up tonight. That is a challenge for me. I am a terrible packer!
See you from the beach!