So lately I’ve been a psychopath about scheduling my workouts into my day. I have such an unpredictable/inconsistent/constantly changing schedule and if I don’t make time for ME in my day, it will never happen.
The calendar app has been saving my life. I even have it color coded and everything! Green is for exercise so I make sure I have one green section blocked off every day, for at least an hour.
This sounds a little harsh, but I learned the hard way that if you don’t put your own health first, all hell will break loose. And as a trainer, it’s quite hypocritical to preach how important exercise is when I haven’t found time to workout in a week. So MY workouts have become the priority, and I’m loving it.
I also feel like I’ve rediscovered my love for exercise in the process, so I’m really getting into different types of workouts. The variety keeps me from getting bored, FOR SURE. Plus mixing it up helps “confuse” your muscles.
The more you challenge your muscles in different ways, the stronger/leaner/sexier they get!
I’m also being way more consistent with the forms of exercise I’m doing right now, making sure I do each of them at least once a week.
Current fitness faves I’m incorporating into my routine:
Running. While on my trip to AZ, I decided I wanted to start training for another half marathon. So that means A LOT of running, biking, and swimming. Since my triathlon won’t be until October, I’m taking it one step at a time. I’m starting with running! Mostly, interval running as been my thing. So I’ll start by running for 3 minutes, then walking for 1 minute, usually for about 45 minutes. Interval running has been AMAZING for my stress levels. For real.
Lagree Method/Pilates. I’ll go into more detail about why I’m OBSESSING over the Lagree method later. But seriously, Pilates is literally shredding my abs. I mean, who DOESN’T want shredded abs?! I’m loving it. It’s also a great form of exercise to work on stability and flexibility, two things I have definitely been overlooking for awhile. Let me tell you, it’s not easy by any means. I’m drenched in sweat and SO sore after ever single workout. But I’m feeling stronger, leaner, and WAY more stable.
HIIT training. Kind of similar to interval training, except faster paced. There are several fitness studios in LA that only offer HIIT training classes, so I try and go to one or two a week. It gets your heart PUMPING, thats for sure. They’re usually shorter classes—30 to 45 minutes—so it’s really easy to fit it into my day. I also love doing a little HIIT routine in the morning. It wakes. You. Up. All I need is 15 minutes and I’m so alert, I (almost) don’t need my almond milk iced coffee. Almost. HA. I’ve gotten really creative with my HIIT workouts; there are so many different combinations and types of HIIT that the possibilities are endless!
Yoga. Ever since my 30 day yoga challenge in January, I’ve made it a goal to continuously incorporate yoga into my workout schedule. With all the other forms of fitness I like to do, it would be pretty impossible to do yoga every day on top of that. So I go twice a week usually, but I also incorporate yoga movement into all of my warm ups and stretching sessions. I just love the way I felt after 30 days of non-stop yoga, and I definitely want to keep that vibe going!
Heavy Lifting. Weight lifting sparked my love for fitness originally, but ever since I hurt my hip I’ve cautiously stayed away to avoid further injury. But with all the work I’ve done to rehabilitate my hip, I started slowly incorporating it back into my workouts. I forgot how much I LOVE it! I feel so powerful and strong, plus it really gets the job done. Like so much sweat & so much soreness it’s not even funny. But I can’t get enough. I weight lift once or twice a week: either a full body lifting session or an upper and lower body day. And I like doing yoga on the same day I lift to help with the soreness!
A Tighter U (This is where I work, so obvi it’s a fave!)
If you’re in LA, definitely check out these fitness studios! They’ll definitely get your sweating and TONED. I’m loving it.
What types of exercise do you add to your workout schedule? How do you keep it interesting? Share them with me, babes!