Admittedly, I slacked on my workouts over the holidays and just like everyone else — I’m trying to get back on the wagon here in the New Year. Sometimes you just need a spark, so join the trend and try something new!
I know, I know — it’s the beginning of January and everyone is signing up for classes and buying gym memberships right now, just to neglect that new routine by the spring. That’s ok! Whatever works to get you moving and feeling like your best self! (Plus a lot of studios are cutting deals, take advantage of them!)
Sometimes the excitement of taking a new class or trying a new physical activity is all you need to rekindle that fire to get active.
This week some of you asked about my workout routine and, for me, it’s all about keeping it simple, convenient and flexible. I do most of my workouts from home and don’t have a set schedule. My work schedule is constantly changing, so my fitness routine does as well. Sometimes I go a week where I workout everyday, other weeks maybe only once or twice (or maybe even not at all). But in a nutshell, here is what a typical week might look like for me:
- Monday: morning yoga in my living room for 20 minutes to jump-start my early workday (Yoga Studio App)
- Tuesday: 15 minutes of yoga, 30 minutes on the elliptical at my complex’s gym, followed by a quick Tone It Up workout from YouTube on my phone or Apple TV.
- Wednesday: 20-minutes of Winsor Pilates in my living room and then clean the house (yes! cleaning counts as being active!) Maybe even walk 9-holes of golf.
- Thursday: off-day
- Friday: 30 minutes on the elliptical, followed by a Tone It Up workout
- Saturday: free yoga class at my local Athleta store (Seriously, these classes are great and free! Take a friend!)
- Sunday: walk or bike around the neighborhood, take a fun class like Pure Barre or a Tone It Up class in my living room.
Basically, I’ve tried those workout regimens in the past where you HAVE to complete a specific workout on a specific day or you fall behind in “the program” and those just stress me out. If you miss a workout, you feel guilty and try to squeeze multiple ones in in one day and then end up feeling miserable and can’t move the next day.
In a word, my approach to my fitness routine is “casual”. I do what I can, when I can. Remember, wellness is about a balanced lifestyle: physically and mentally. If you make yourself feel bad about your body or your missed workouts that mental state will block your motivation to workout or get moving. Not to mention, your diet plays a huge factor in your physical state. I live by the motto of everything in moderation: portion control, eating as many fruits and veggies as I can and cooking my own meals as much as possible (when I’m not traveling). In fact, I cook breakfast, lunch and dinner for myself most days, or make leftovers to take to work. I hardly ever eat out when I’m at the office.
What works for you? What is your favorite fitness habit? Let me know and keep those questions coming! I’m happy to share my tips, tricks and lifestyle hacks.