Showing posts with label abcarver. Show all posts
Showing posts with label abcarver. Show all posts

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Recovery Day: Stretch and Soothe

My sister-in-law's patio area looked like the perfect place to start my recovery day. After yesterday's resistance workout, my muscles needed little TLC.

I took my 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene video outside with me, eager to enjoy the comfortable morning and cozy space.

It didn't take long for the sun to break the tree line and on the first day of autumn, it was so warm! So warm in fact, that I had to take my session inside (I might have been a tad over-dressed) to finish. Today's video was all about stretching and soothing the body by releasing the tightness in the muscles.

What I'm wearing: Athleta Fastest Track Tank and Trekkie Joggers

Even though I was in recovery mode, I still did day 3 of my ab carving plan. I don't know if I should do these before or after yoga. It's like the question of running before strength or strength before running. Does anyone know the answer??

During my foam rolling session I spent extra time on my calf muscles. I've got a spot on my heel that fires up when I stretch, similar to the one I had in my right heel that I think was caused by a knot in my calf. I think the cause of the new knot is the jumping exercises in my lower body resistance workouts. I just want to make it go away.

The rest of the afternoon was spent helping mrC's nephew get on the road to his new home in Charleston, SC. He recently graduated from the Naval Academy and is off to start his on-the-job training.

What I ate today:

Today I started the 30 day probiotics trial that I mentioned here. I'm going to track how I feel (some people see a difference in just a few days) and share the results here on the blog.

Ab carver...before or after yoga?
Do you think I need a massage to help my heel pain?
Are you a probiotics user?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Yoga Makes My Sore Muscles Feel Better

I don't know why I waited so long to get out a yoga mat to help ease the sore muscles I have accrued the last couple of days doing resistance workouts. Yoga always makes my sore muscles feel better.

I chose a Yoga with Adriene video that I hadn't done before but sounded good from her Yoga For Weight Loss series. "Love Yoga Flow" was just what I needed and I love Flow.

I also did day 3 of my 21 Day Ab Carving workout plan. This plan should really be called the "OMG my arms and abs are on fire!" plan. Wow.

Later, I pulled out the foam roller and worked on my sore legs a little more. The new fitness app I've been using has a recovery section, so I selected lower body and followed the guided session (approximately 30 minutes). It's like having my own personal trainer.

The sun finally came back out and the temperature was perfect, so mrC and I went for a walk. All of my walks take me to or past this historic family run farm-stand just 7/10 mile from my SIL's house. They have an in-house bakery, homemade ice cream, seasonal local produce, organic coffee and fresh baked pies. One of these days I'm going to give in and buy a donut!

And just because it's too cute not to share...mrC and his sister's dog. I think she's falling for us ;)

What is your favorite way to get rid of sore muscles?
Any temptations along your walking/running route?

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Weekend Wrap: LISS, Resistance Training, and Ab Carving

We had a busy weekend with lots of family time and plenty of fitness.


mrC and I eased into our day with a little 2 mile walk. The weather has turned so that mornings are comfortably cool under bright sunny skies. We did this walk as a low intensity steady state workout, aka LISS, a term that is new to me.

LISS is a great activity to use when you are trying to burn fat because fat needs oxygen to metabolize into energy. During low intensity exercise your body has the most oxygen available. This works most when your activity is 30 minutes or longer.

We hung out with my mother-in-law for awhile on Saturday afternoon.

For dinner we had cheeseburgers off the grill and my SIL brought another really good cookie, chocolate chip and caramel chunks.


We went to 10:30 Mass and ran into some of mrC's family. My brother-in-law was recognized for his volunteer time with CCD classes and I'm glad we were there to congratulate him.

After church we went to the in-laws to move around some furniture. This is the house that mrC grew up in and his parents still live here. I love that.

Back at my SIL's, I got in an afternoon resistance leg workout. It's mostly body weight exercises, but hand weights can be added on certain exercises to increase the resistance. I like the mix of static and dynamic moves in each high intensity circuit that you keep moving for 7 minutes.

My two favorite moves from today's workout ---> step up, knee ups. My legs and booty are probably going to be feeling these tomorrow.

---> sumo squats. My inner thighs really need toning and this is a great way to hit all the leg muscles at one time.

I'm pretty excited about the workouts offered in the Sweat with Kayla app and how many calories I can burn.

Did you notice the orange and black in my workout gear? Since my beloved Cincinnati Bengals played today, I had to support my team.

I received this Ab Carver Pro from Perfect Fitness as a prize for participating in the Fit Challenge and today I finally got it out of the box. Then I found a 21 day ab carving plan on their website and made today Day 1!

Are you familiar with the term LISS?
What were your weekend workouts?
Ever tried an ab carver?