I just got back from the gym, so let’s talk about workouts!
Back when I started this blog I was training for half and full marathons, and shared my workout every day. Now I’m much more of a yogi / gym type than a distance runner. To be honest, I don’t think my knees could handle the distance running anymore. How sad.
I’ve really just been doing whatever workouts sound good to me for the past year or two. I obviously have been doing a fair amount of yoga, but when I went to the gym I didn’t really have a pre-set structure or plan. That was fine! It’s totally okay to workout because it feels good, is good for you, and makes you endorphin happy.
Somewhere in the last month or so, though, I’ve actually started to figure out some goals to work toward. With yoga, I’m trying to do more on my own (as opposed to studio classes) so that I can work on new poses and spend a longer time on certain things. As for lifting, I’m finally able to do legs again! You may remember that I hurt my knee over the summer, so for a long time I avoided leg workouts. It’s still not 100%, but infinitely better and leg workouts haven’t been giving me any trouble.
I still don’t have an intense routine to follow. Classes and school commitments dictate my schedule, so each week I look at my calendar and fill in my workouts where they fit. This is what my workout schedule generally look like each week:
- 1-2 yoga classes at my studio, 1 yoga session on my own
- 2-3 days of cardio + lifting. Usually one or two upper body and a lower body. Cardio is either treadmill sprints or my 20 min spin workout. I’ve been doing some Kayla Itsines circuits lately too, which always leave me so sore!
- 1 steady state 3-4 mile run
practice makes perfect?
And here are the general goals I’m working toward:
- Gaining back some leg strength.
- Core strength to help with yoga poses. When I first started exercising I would do ALL THE CORE, and now I barely do anything that isn’t incorporated into yoga class! Need to fix that.
- Flexibility to help with new yoga poses, especially hamstrings, hip flexors, and back bends. I’m trying to make progress with my dancer’s pose, eventually get king pigeon, hold flying crow and one-legged crow, have a deeper wheel, and master forearm and hand stands.
One struggle I’ve run into is balancing yoga with strength training. I want to be doing yoga every day because it feels amazing, provides great mental calm and will help me make progress as a teacher. But I also love to lift and get in different types of workouts at the gym. I actually start to feel guilty that I’m not doing more yoga, which is really crazy and absurd, so I just quiet those thoughts and go with a balance that works for me. In an ideal world I’d get up a little earlier and doing a few minutes of yoga and meditation before I start my day. Maybe I can make that happen?
- What is your workout schedule like?
- Any fitness goals right now?