Fuel Your Fire

My title is actually the slogan I have on two of my new workout pants. I bought them because they were cheap and great material, even if the slogan is a bit silly. I have to say though, as far as workout inspirational quotes go, this one provides decent motivation and is kind of fun!

Workouts this week started on Thursday morning with a strength workout using the stability ball. It was heavy on the legs before hopping on the treadmill for a run. I felt sweaty and energized and ready to get the day going!

On Friday, my only workout for the day was a quick walk of the dog around the block because i had an early morning wake up call and I was sore!

I was ready to go on Saturday to meet Nouha for hot Yoga. The class was stuffed, which made the already heated room, stuffy. I was slick with sweat and a bit disgusting when I sat down for lunch and couldn’t wait to shower. I waited a little bit longer so I could fit in a run after hydrating. It felt good to stretch my legs and get my heart racing.

On Sunday, after lunch, I started my workout with a dumbbell strength training routine. I went with six sets of eight reps and was nice and sweaty before I kicked off a Plyometrics workout. Starting with box jumps, I continued onto jumping jacks, high knees, skater jumps, jump rope, and ended my circuit with push ups. Besides the jumping jacks which I completed four sets of fifty and jump rope which was a minute and fifteen seconds long four times, I did four sets of twelve. Finally, I finished with a quick twenty minutes on the elliptical, knowing it would be a heavy eating night with all those apps.

Monday turned out to be busier than I expected and I didn’t make it to the gym for a full on workout. I was on my feet most of the day, grocery shopping, readying my meals for the week around the kitchen, and folding my laundry. I ended up just walking the dog for two miles and riding the stationary bike at home for forty five minutes while I watched Veep and typed up some blog posts, such as this one!

Tuesday, it was back to the early mornings with a kettlebell strength routine followed by a run. I was feeling nice and strong after having done a lighter workout the day before after two heavier days. Even though it’s on the treadmill, my running has been stable and I’m finding that with the right music, I’m able to stave off boredom.

When I’m not feeling like a straight up run, I have two running routines I go to on the treadmill. One is the 5-4-3-2-1 run/walk combination that leaves me nice and sweaty and my body constantly second guessing itself as I move throw different speeds and inclines. Starting off with a five minute walk on a lower incline, I move onto a five minute run on a flat surface at a slower pace. For four minutes, I walk again at a slightly higher incline, before running for four minutes at a faster pace. I think you get the pattern. By that last minute, I’m running pretty fast. This takes me to 30 minutes on the nose, which is great. To make things even more challenging, I like to walk for one more minute before ending my routine with Tabata intervals for four minutes. That’s only 35 minutes in the treadmill with a great workout!

The other treadmill run I’ll incorporate is pretty fun and it’s also about 35 minutes, though either could be elongated or shortened. I start running on the flat surface at a medium pace for five minutes. Depending on how I’m feeling, I’ll either then slow things down to a light run or a brisk walk and turn up the incline for another five minutes. Next, I’ll lower the incline back to 0 and rev up my pace so I’m running fast for the next five minutes. I repeat this cycle once more before ending with a final medium pace run. These are both good workouts because it changes up the pace and the incline, which prevents the body from making adjustments.

Anything that can be deemed fun and interesting always leads to a better workout, especially if you’re not in the mood to be inside in a stuffy treadmill. Do any of you have any go to workouts?

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