I think a lot of us healthy living bloggers tend to gravitate to one side of the healthy living spectrum or the other. Most of the folks that write a lot about their fitness and training tend to just dabble in food and recipes and those of us that are obsessed with food tend to just brush over the surface of our workout routines. Honestly, the blogs I love the most are the ones that strike a healthy balance between the two. My blog will always be heavy on the food. It’s just part of my personality! But I’d like to bring in a little bit more about my fitness world, too.
I figured a great way to bring you guys into my gym-going world (and keep myself accountable) would be to do a post in the same vein as What I Ate Wednesday, but for workouts. And instead of just one day, I’ll give you guys a weekly rundown of my sweat sessions for the past week.
Honestly, part of the reason I want to bring a little more light to the fitness side of my healthy lifestyle is because I’ve been admittedly slacking. My preferred state is definitely not active, so it takes a certain level of commitment and coercion to get myself to get up, get out and get moving. I think folding fitness into my blog content will help me (and hopefully some of you, too) stay on track.
I’ll be listing here any major workout sessions. What I won’t be including? Walking Puppyface (that happens 4-5 times a week) and kitchen dancing (that happens daily).
And now, it’s time for the good ole disclaimer. Part of the reason I am hesitant to write about fitness in-depth is because I am not a personal trainer and have never been trained in exercise science. Taking bad advice and doing activities that you and your body aren’t ready for can put you at serious risk for injury and even death. It’s a scary world. So please, don’t take what I am listing here as a fitness plan for you. Work with your doctor, personal trainer or physical therapist to figure out what works for you. And always, always, listen to your body.
Okay, enough rambling, let’s talk about how I got my sweat on this past week.
- 30 minutes with the kettlebells
- 20 minutes walking
- 10 minutes rowing machine
I’ve gotten to the point with kettlebells (and really, all weigh training) that I’ve stopped counting reps and am instead working to muscle failure. I think when I was counting reps, I’d go for a slightly lighter weight just to make sure I’d hit my rep count, because if I didn’t I felt like I was failing. Now, I know the “goal” is to get to muscle failure. If that happens at 20 reps that’s great. If it happens at six, that’s fine, too!
I am still struggling with stupid, annoying, painful blisters from the kettlebells! Even when I’m wearing my weight lifting gloves, I always leave with blisters on my hands. Any tips to keep this at bay are greatly appreciated.
- 3 mile run
- 90 minute hike
The gym has been closed since Monday, so I had to figure out another way to get some exercise this week. I laced up my running shoes just for the sake of running for the first time in months. I’ve been running for warm up, or doing sprints, but just running for a distance goal hasn’t been a part of my life since my half marathon. I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about running, but I do know that this three miles felt nice! I was pretty impressed I was able to get up and just go and run three miles without it being too hard. That’s still an insane concept to me.
Hiking is one of my favorite ways to burn calories! Babyface and I took the Puppyface out for a short, slow hike for her birthday. Even though we didn’t cover much distance, there were some pretty strenuous climbs and one part with a ton of stairs.
Annnndddd….that’s it. Not really the quantity I’d like to see. I’d like to say that the gym being closed is part of the problem, but I think also my lack-of-interest was the majority of the problem. The gym re-opens tomorrow, and I hope so does my dedication.
What was your favorite workout this week?
I’m kinda obsessed with the kettlebells. Anytime I get to swing around 50 pounds of cast iron, I’m having fun.