Friday, January 30, 2015

Fitness Friday - Week 4

I can't believe it has already been a month of Fitness Friday! It went by so fast! Hopefully you have all hung in there and haven't already given up on becoming fit for 2015!! You can do it. Just take baby steps! So, how is your progress so far? Let me know in the comments below! 

Saturday I did my usual Mat Pilates 2 followed by Zumba; however, I went a little crazy afterwards. I came home and had my own mini dance party. At-home dance parties definitely count as a workout! I've said this before, but I'll say it again. Once I start feeling the beat, there is no turning back! Once I turned out my new cd player, I pretty much sealed my fate. 

Monday I did Zumba! I went early so I could practice the dance for Broken Heels (one of my favorites). My instructor let me teach that dance in class!! It was so much fun! I've been thinking about becoming a Zumba instructor. I definitely think I want to do it now!

I went to a Barre Buns class on Wednesday. I went three weeks ago for the first time and I skipped these past two weeks because I have been busy. Basically, it was not a good idea to skip those two weeks. The class was difficult and I was sore right away! Yesterday I decided to just stretch a lot and recover from the class. Today I did a light 1600 swim.

~Challenge~ 

The challenge for this week isn't necessarily immediate. Instead, it is to implement some of my tips when you need to recover from a difficult workout. You next difficult workout could be tomorrow or two weeks from now. Either way, make sure to do the following: 

-Take a warm bath 
-Drink WATER! (Too much water is bad, but make sure you are not dehydrated)
-Light movement/walking 
-Don't sit for prolonged periods of time 
-Lightly stretch and massage areas that are sore

The goal of the recovery process is to get your blood flowing. You want to get all of the lactic acid out of your body. If you know right after a workout that you will be sore the next day, take a warm bath that night. If your difficult workout was in a class like Barre Buns where you aren't doing cardio, immediately go into the gym area and do some light spinning on the bike or walking on the treadmill. If your difficult workout was at home, go for a light walk outside when you are finished.

If you take a class and you end up completely sore, remember that you don't need to feel obligated to do everything. Next time, modify the exercises and go at your own pace. You don't want to overdue it to the point where you are lying in bed for days after the workout! Being able to manage yourself while working out will make you less likely to be sore (or at least less likely to be extremely sore) after a workout. A little soreness is fine, but try not to let it get out of hand.

What do you think about these tips? Are these new to you? Will you try them out? Let me know in the comments below! 

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