Just plugging along here in where motion is an expression of gratitude. Since spring has FINALLY arrived I have taken a little more to outdoor work, readying the yard by raking, picking up sticks and fallen limbs, prepping flower beds and the herb garden. On the best days this is sweaty work with lots of lifting, pushing and pulling!
I have had a couple of outdoor runs (glorious to feel the sun on my back again!) and have been doing a modified lifting schedule that includes both weighted work and body weight exercises.
Summer is just around the corner! Lots of good, hard work and sweating to look forward to!
A young person said to me the other day - I told so and so that you work out like crazy. I said - I'm not sure I qualify for that description anymore. LOL. It is true that for many years of my life I worked out every day (or at least six days a week) for at least an hour per session, sometimes longer. Some days I would lift weights AND running and evening style. Training was important to me and like so many other people who develop a taste for it MORE became habit and I was always searching for it.
Over the past few years I have very slowly started to cut back on my training, partially due to other interests and also due to my increasing overall dissatisfaction of being involved in the health and fitness community (because it is a bunch of marketing, body shaming hooey LOL). I find myself now doing mostly quick workouts, maybe four days a week and then just doing other things like horse stuff, yoga, working outside...
This winter has been particularly hard for the training mindset because it has been long, cold and filled with tons (literally) of snow. For the past month or so my workout sessions have consisted of 20 minutes or so of lifting three or four times per week, a day of running indoors and simply maintaining some semblance of sanity (and muscle tone).
I am not sure what spring will bring but I welcome the lack of white stuff floating through the air. :)
Being no fan of long, drawn out workouts I have always been the type of girl that gets in, gets it done and moves on. In the past year or so I have taken an even more serious approach to this habit as I found my love for training dwindle even further away than I ever expected.
"Love" is not the word for how I feel about scheduled training in case anyone forgets. I liken exercise to brushing your teeth. You don't brush your teeth because you love brushing your teeth. You brush them because they feel good afterwards and because you don't want them to rot. That is exactly how I feel about formal exercise.
So it should come as no surprise that I have found ways to make the most out of the stuff I wish to spend the least amount of time on.
My latest victory? Legs in 20 minutes. Seven different exercises, 17 sets total. Ladies, your legs WILL feel this in the morning.
First circuit: Romanian Deadlifts (10), Jump Squats (squat down, explode up, repeat 8-10 times), Leg Curls (8 to 10). Do three sets of this circuit with only minimal rest in between those sets. When picking your weight, your last repetition should be a tough one to do.
Second circuit: Single Leg Deadlifts (10 each), Weighted Duck Walk (squat down and walk like a duck while holding a dumbbell between your legs - it looks funny yes but it works! Do 15 steps forward and 15 steps back), Sissy Squats (10) and Leg Press (10-12). Do two sets of this circuit, again with minimal rest in between and you should be at least mildly grunting to yourself on the last rep.
This took me exactly 20 minutes (not including any warm-up or stretching afterwards). Even with that you'll be on your way in 30!
Summer training journal is rounding out as we speak. I have done lots of running, walking, hiking, outdoor stuff this summer. Not much lifting in the way of iron plates and dumbbells but more in the way of rocks, boards and lately, 40 pound bags of sand and gravel for our sidewalk rebuild at home.
I ran a bit while at the beach and did little else but relax. Got a couple of workouts in the week we returned home and rounded out that week with two of our biggest events of the summer at work. Last week grabbed a lunch run one day and a couple of quick full body routines. What I am saying is that I have been pretty lacking in the sense of a routine this summer and just more interested in sweating and stress relief.
And now we are officially into fall here. Temps have dropped off a bit into the 70s for the most part, although we have had a heat wave the last few days. Some storms tonight will bring in a cool front and we are dipping back into fall. The first few leaves have started to fall and at camp are already turning. I think somewhere in the last couple of weeks our hummingbirds have also decided that it might be time to pack bags and make their way to a warmer spot for winter. This makes me sad in particular because I love feeding them and watching them buzz around and chitter chatter.
My training interests are turning inward like they always do when the staircase begins to spiral downward. I miss my iron and my pull-ups. I miss grunting and lifting and being sore from tearing shit down and letting it heal.
So, this week I have mostly lifted both weights and sledgehammers. We have some odd demo needing done at work and I headed up my own little crew because our real one is building a storage facility at the moment. While they play with big toys, my little rag tag bunch knocked the hell out of some rotting boards, retaining walls and railings at our pool in prep for a little tender loving renovation. Three lifting sessions this week. One was a leg routine, 16 sets of one legged deads, leg presses, curtsey squats, goddess squats, and leg curls. Another was a chest/shoulder circuit combo. Tomorrow will be legs and pull-ups. Don't think I'm some super strong pull-up girl. I can do about two to three reverse grip chin-ups. The rest of my pull-ups are chair assisted. LOL. But, they DO still work the muscles if you do them right. I also did a lunch run one day this week on a hot day when I just felt like getting out on the trail for one of the last days of the season.
Sadly, I missed yoga this week. I am having worries about going to a different class than my beginner class I am so comfortable in. LOL. I need to grow up but I'm eskerrrrreeedddd....
Starting from last Saturday - a day of rest from "regular" workouts. Instead a full on yearly clean up of my shop, which did not fair too badly this winter as far as Ricky messes go. However, plain old dirt was abundant and unfortunately, we had also gotten lazy about just throwing stuff in there and shutting the door again. What happened was after much contemplation and discussion of the eventual retirement dream, the decision was made that even when I "open" a true magic shop it should not be a home business but in the hub of downtown. So my little space got a bit lonely again last season.
It is all clean now though! One long overdue chore off the list.
Another one just completed today. Washing windows. Hands down my least favorite home chore next to weedeating.
Workouts this week ranged from running, yoga, weighted circuits and a honkin' leg day mid-week. Today I am thinking about so
Last week ended with a trail run and then a sick cat. Luckily, the cat is doing better but only after dropping some cold hard cash to rule out most possibilities including infection, internal bleeding, blockage, etc. etc....
Somewhere in there I lost track of training for a few days. This week began the way last week ended though. With a nice, long, sweaty trail run at work the last part of which was spent sprinting (ie - gasping for air and partially dying) up the hill beside our rec center.
I snapped a picture afterwards and have been contemplating abs. I would like to explain the concept of "washboard" abs and why for most of us they are folly. People think that in order to have washboard abs you have to do lots of "ab work" and sure, like any other muscle, abs do need to be worked in order to be firm.
But, "ab work" is only a fraction of what goes into a six pack. Some people will be heard to say that abs are built in the kitchen and while that can be true, there are other factors such as heredity, how one carries her (or his) fat, how much of that fat there is, how hydrated (or not) one is that can influence the look (or lack of) visible abs.
I do not have a six pack. LOL. My abs are pretty toned, as you can see above but even at my leanest my body is not the type that can show off those rock hard, super defined, washboard just under the surface abs that are so coveted these days. I've done lots of ab work, I've done next to none, I've done different kinds of ab work and then yet more different kinds. My abs stay pretty much the same unless I gain a large amount of weight. Mostly, for me this is a combination of heredity, fat storage and body type. I don't find that to be such a big deal. I'm not even sure I ever did as I was never obsessed with "chasing abs" like many women are.
So, strive to have strong abs. Strive to take care of them and keep them happy and fit. But, don't expect them to be chiseled rocks of steel just because you are doing everything right and you saw it in a magazine.
Today, Tuesday, was a lifting day. A full body type deal hitting big muscle groups and multiple parts. Stuff like squats, deadlifts, both romanian and single legged, push ups, push presses, dips.
Yesterday was a lifting day. I did a full body type workout with things like deadlifts, squats, push-ups, shoulder presses... Sore this morning. Today, weather permitting, will be trail run at work. If I have time I will throw some abs in there. Long day ahead. Concert tonight to attend to...
First training log of new blog. I will attempt to do this daily. Anyone training who wants to comment or join in feel free!
Sundays are normally mosh pit stuff for me. That is when I throw a bunch of stuff together based on how I feel. Today started with a run up the hollow - just a quick half mile and back. Then did some cardio circuits with kettlebell work, burpees, jacks and a nifty little inclined plank my step-son showed me last week. That shit is killer.
Afterwards, did some old fashioned floor work. I do believer there is a place for bodyweight work in training and I do it regularly in addition to actually lifting weights. After that, dark yoga.
Yesterday we finished tearing out the base of our sidewalk so I counted that as my workout. And it WAS some heavy lifting. In the proces though, I tweeked something in my neck on the left side. So, that has been bothersome a bit today.
Eats today were pretty much a wash. We had a family cookout. Always great fun and lots of food. My water intake has not been adequate.
Because the ability to express ourselves and care for ourselves through motion is something we should be grateful for...