I hope all you mamas out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day! We had a great day celebrating the special mothers in our lives, and I felt very loved by my two boys. I’m waiting on a few weekend photos from family members, so hopefully I’ll be able to recap our weekend a little better within the next couple of days.
Until then, since several of you have asked, I wanted to share what I’ve been up to in my little world of fitness since my half marathon back in March.
Needless to say, there was a lot more running involved in my exercise regimen between the months of January and March.
A lot has changed since then! In fact, I haven’t been doing hardly any running at all. An occasional HIIT (high intensity interval training) run will happen, but even those are rare since I haven’t had access to a treadmill since we’ve been in Arizona. The lack of running hasn’t really been intentional … it’s more just because I haven’t been feeling it. I go in phases with running, and I think I was just “runned out” after all the half marathon training. I’m sure my spark for running will come back eventually, but until then I’ll be enjoying other forms of exercise.
Since we’ve been in Arizona (so, for the past month or so), I’ve been keeping up with exercise about 4-5 days per week. My workouts vary among circuit style strength workouts, tabata workouts, HIIT workouts, and lots of hikes and walks with my family – basically, whatever I feel like doing. For the past three weeks now, I’ve been following along with the Your Trainer Paige Bootcamp workouts which include 3 days of strength workouts, 2 days of cardio, and 2 days of rest. I’ve been loving it! It’s been nice to have some guidance without having to put too much thought into it. Not to mention the workouts are challenging but not overwhelmingly long or unrealistic. They are efficient, fun, and get the job done!
It varies a bit from week to week, but this is what an average week of workouts look like lately:
- 2-3 days strength workout using circuits and/or supersets (~30-40 minutes)
- 1-2 days tabata/HIIT/plyometric/metabolic cardio training (~20-30 minutes)
- 3-4 days easy walking or hiking
This routine has been working well for me. The workouts are short and sweet, and the recreational walks and hikes are a great activity to spend quality time with my family. I’ll also say that I’m probably in some of the best shape I’ve ever been in, and as you can see, my workouts haven’t been taking over my life. Interesting how that works, eh?
Of course my workout routine will change now that I’m getting into teaching group fitness. (P.S. Thanks so much for all your excitement and support for me in Friday’s post! You guys are the best.) From here on out, I’ll be going to a ton of classes to practice and shadow other instructors, and then I’ll be teaching on a regular basis from that point.
So there ya go, a little inside scoop into my world of fitness lately.
Hope you have a fabulous Monday!
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