Friday, February 20, 2015

Fitness Friday - Week 7

Hi loves! This past week was a busy week for me, so I did not work out nearly as much as I usually do. I know, I know... No excuses. This week was the busiest week I have had in a while though!

I did not start working out until Tuesday (gasp). I went on the spin bike for 45 minutes. I started off with 10 minutes on easy. Then I did 10 minutes on medium, 10 minutes on hard, 10 minutes on medium, and 5 minutes on easy. Afterwards I went on the elliptical for 20 minutes. I started off on level 4 for 5 minutes. I went to level 5 for 10 minutes and then went back down to level 4 for the last 5 minutes. 

Wednesday, yesterday, and today I worked out at home. On Wednesday I stretched for 12 minutes and danced for 22 minutes. Yesterday I stretched for 13 minutes. I danced for 32 minutes and then did the GymRa 9 minute Beginner Ab Blasting Workout. I increased the number of reps to make it more advanced. Today I stretched for 18 minutes and danced for 23 minutes.


There are a couple different types of fitness people. Three of these types are as follows: 

1. Lazy and doesn't really workout, but continues to say they are going to. 
2. Works out way too much and does not give themselves time to rest and recover. 
3. Works out an adequate amount, but does not give themselves time to rest and recover.

Don't be any of these three people! 

If you are the first...

Find ways to motivate yourself! If you need a little push, get a workout partner. When you are trying to get fit, having another person by your side with the same goals to push you is extremely helpful! If your friend already goes to the gym, ask if you can tag along. 

One of the key ways to motivate yourself is to find activities that you enjoy, as I talked about in Week 2. If you are not a gym person, don't worry! There are a lot of activities that you can do that don't require you to go to the gym: Go hiking with your friends (depending on the climate); Go for a run; Bike or walk to work; Go on a long walk (preferably in a hilly area). 

Another way to exercise is to go to the park. Remember when you used to go to the park and stay there for hours on end? Do you remember the monkey bars, the swings, and the slides? Go do it! It is such an amazing workout! The reason why the majority of kids are trim is because they are so active! If you don't want to go alone, take some friends with you.

One word: Dance. Just dance. Dance like no one is watching. There is no shame in having your own dance party. Crank the music up and dance around your house. This is a great cardio workout without it being classified as an actual workout.

There are many other activities you can do outside of the gym. A Women's Health has a great list of 101 ways to workout without going to the gym. You can check it out here.

If you are the second or the third... 

You need to rest. It's as simple as that. Your body needs to recover from all of the exercise you have been doing. I have a fun fact for you: It is during the recovery and rest phase that you will start to see results. When you are doing weights and resistance training, you are tearing your muscles down. When you rest and recover, your muscle fibers heal. During the healing process, your fibers multiply and grow making you leaner and stronger. So if you don't give yourself adequate time to rest, your fibers will continue to break down and your muscles will have a hard time recovering.

Whether you are one, two, three, or none of the above, I have a great fitness motivation board on Pinterest that you should check out here! Hopefully it will give you some inspiration to keep going and stay motivated! 

What do you think of this challenge? Will you do it? Are you the first, second, third, or none of the above? Let me know in the comments below! Make sure to follow me on Pinterest, Bloglovin, and Twitter!

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