Showing posts with label yogarevolution. Show all posts
Showing posts with label yogarevolution. Show all posts

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Workout Recap - Mixing It Up

I remember when the only exercise I did was run. This week I did something different every single day. Not on purpose. It just happened that way, but I think it's a good thing. Keeps my body on its toes, so to speak. Plus my focus has started to shift back to the high intensity calorie burning workouts and scheduling them whenever I can.

Monday - Tried bootcamp. It was so hard that I thought I might vomit 🤢 a couple of times. I was thrilled to see how many calories I burned for the hard work I did ---> running, push-ups, mountain climbers, squats, carrying a tire, pushing a tire, pulling a tire, walking lunges, reverse crunches, planks, elevated up-downs, kettle bell swings, kb squats, kb lunges, jumped rope, power press with sand bag, burpees, power lunges, triceps dips, squat press...WHAT didn't we do?? And, the whole class was done outside. I loved that!  


Tuesday - I woke up feeling a little tight from bootcamp, so I used Revolution Yoga day 11 (I'm REALLY behind on that challenge) to loosen things up. I'm so happy that my heel is better and yoga is even back on the table because I need to regain the flexibility I lost, especially in my hamstrings.


Wednesday - mrC and I went to Bodypump in the morning and then took a quick bike ride to get air in his tires. The ride wasn't far, but there's a big hill and we live on the top of it! This was my first ride in a long time and I had to stop and walk the hill. This got me thinking that I should maybe try to ride my bike at least once a week.


Thursday - REST ---> made protein bars for my hike on Friday.

Friday - Joined the AWA hike to Cheung Chau, another one of Hong Kong's 200 islands. I'm already eager to go back with mrC because there was so much to see and it was beautiful. Also, we had lunch at one of the waterfront restaurants and I had some really, really good sweet and sour pineapple chicken.


Saturday - I decided to do some low impact cardio for my low carb workout. I mixed it up at the fitness center while mrC was at Bodypump.


Sunday - It was #sundayrunday again!! We increased the walking WU to avoid running down hill at the beginning (my knee feels funny on down hills) and added a little out and back on the promenade. I still ran using 30:20 intervals, and finished with a solid one minute run for a total of 2.07 miles.

#tunnelselfie


Do you mix up your workouts or stick to the same exercise usually?
What's your go-to sore muscle reliever?
Favorite low impact cardio?


Monday, January 9, 2017

Workout Recap: Revolution and Empowerment

I'm pretty excited about my first week of fitness in 2017.

I started a new 31-day yoga challenge, kept up with my strength and cardio, and had my first run in months! mrC and I did a couple of workouts together and went on a pretty big hike with the Hong Kong Hikers group.

I'd say this year is starting off on a seriously positive note!

Here's a closer look at my workouts from last week:

Monday - I officially started the Yoga Revolution challenge and it felt amazing to be back on my mat. My heel is finally feeling better and my muscles are so happy. I love that the challenge is about our own revolution ---> our own story and what we make it. I'm excited to see how I feel (emotionally and physically) at the end of 31 days. mrC and I also went to Bodypump where we pumped and pumped and pumped some more.


Tuesday - It was a fast day, so my yoga session in the morning was the perfect way to start the day. It's small poses (like below) that make my muscles so happy especially since I'm doing Bodypump twice a week now.


Wednesday - My osteopath recommended that I work on strengthening up my quad muscles and specifically my VMO. After a yoga session at home, I did some cardio on the elliptical and then hit the leg extension machine at the fitness center. The goal is to use light weight and build the VMO with reps. My knee doesn't really like this exercise though, so I'm not sure how this will play out.


Thursday - It was another yoga and Bodypump combo day. There were only two other participants in class and it was so nice to have so much room to do all those reps. 800 reps.


Friday - After a session of morning yoga, mrC and I joined the Hong Kong Hikers group for the first time and hiked Sunset Peak on Lantau Island. This is Hong Kong's third highest peak! It was a serious climb. It was warm. It was awesome! I'll have a full recap soon.


Saturday - Normally I do a sprint workout on Saturday, but after the hike (and a busy fitness week) I listened to my body and took the day off. I used my yoga revolution session to stretch my tired muscles and then enjoyed a nice quiet day.


Sunday - My body was pretty happy with the rest it got, so after my morning yoga I ventured out for an interval run for the first time in months! I ran/walked 20 second intervals 20 times and it was AWESOME!!! I'm working with my osteopath and listening to my body, so this is a slow process like my rehab days. If it gets me going for a couple of miles a couple times a week, I'll take it!

Sidenote: I absolutely love this new high neck tank and see more in my future!

After a week of #yogarevolution and then writing this recap, it all seemed to be connected. I really started thinking about my theme for 2017. What makes me feel empowered? In what ways am I inspired to be empowered? How do I empower myself?

It used to always be about the external stuff...competing with others, fitting in with others, keeping up with everyone else. That's where I used to find my confidence, a measured confidence. Nowadays, I'm finding it's more about accepting where I am right now and being ok with what I can do right now. It's about celebrating myself for my own victories and courage, and strength. Not measured against anyone else. Just me.



What about you?

What makes you feel empowered? In what ways are you inspired to be empowered? How do you empower yourself?





*