Category Archives: Fitness
Today has been eventful, yet uneventful all in one. That’s totally nonsensical, yet it’s pretty accurate of how I’m feeling tonight. Yesterday I was completely drained physically and emotionally. So come an early beadtime – I passed out in some weird position in my bed while watching Bravo and all the Bobby Pins still in my hair.
Yes, those same bobby pins stayed in my hair all day today. No, the hair didn’t get washed; maybe it will tonight …. or not.
I was hoping after yesterday’s tiring day that some rest would leave me feeling awesome and ready to kick ass today. But it didn’t. I had a great workout in my head planned, but realized as I got into the day that my body wasn’t in align with my head.
I’m proud to say that I did get an hour of yoga in and a few minutes stretching after that. And it’s one of those deals where while it wasn’t what I wanted to do, and had planned to do – it was what my body was telling me it needed.
After realizing I was having that mind and body conflict like I do a lot of times, I took a second to reflect on what fitness means to me. To me fitness will always be:
- A lifelong journey
- Not a competition with others (hell I have enough of my own ME vs ME shit going on)
- and learning (because I’m not so good at this one) to honor my body NOT my ego, or my head!
So while my workout was a little more uneventful than planned, my hair didn’t get washed, I’m choosing not to focus so much tonight on what didn’t get done and take a few minutes to reflect on that things I did get done.
- My family is fed
- I got a workout in to restore and make myself stronger in the long run
- I designed some things
- I did some research
- I blogged (even with a bullet-ed list!)
What’d you get done today?
How you can celebrate the things you did more than the things you didn’t?
Let me know one good thing from your day!
What is fitness to you?
My whole household has been battling a cold the last several days. If you have kids, you understand what I mean one person just cant be sick. You share space, you share germs. No matter how much hand washing or squirting of hand sanitizer seems to be going down.
Although, because of my son’s severe eczema, hand sanitizer isn’t something that’s around in my house (too harsh oh his skin). But doesn’t mean I don’t consider it, heavily, I mean like I just finished watching hoarders considering it. Something about this time of year and the change of season always get us in this house.
But despite feeling icky the past few days, I have managed to feel well enough to exercise. I know some of you may think that’s insane, but depending on the severity of your illness and the intensity of your workout; exercising while feeling under the weather actually has it’s benefits.
If you ask most trainers, and some doctors – a general rule of thumb in deciding whether you should workout while your sick is:
If your illness is above the neck, IE: a head cold – you are fine to go ahead and workout.
But I think there are also a few other things to consider before hitting the treadmill, the gym, or your living room floor (if you’re like me and workout at home).
I would probably forego the workout if the following applies:
- Even if your sickness is “above the neck” do you feel well enough to workout? No? Cool, rest instead!
- Do you have a temperature? I would generally advise against a formal “workout” if you have a temperature – you will put your body which is trying to repair itself, under more stress and may take you longer to get well.
- Are you ill enough to be on medications prescribed by a doctor? If you are, rest.
If you’re on the fence and feel like you may be able to get through a workout after you take some over-the-counter drugs, skip it! Of course you’ll feel better after your good ol’friend Dayquil kicks in! You’d be doing yourself more harm than good.
Now if you do feel well enough to get moving keep this in mind:
- Stick with a low impact workout.
- Try workouts like walking, yoga, and cleaning your kitchen or bathroom (oh yeah, those totally count).
- Do not push yourself!! This isn’t the time to be making your best time or beating your rep count.
Light workouts can help boost your immune response. Helping your body fight off illness faster.
And in reverse, pushing yourself to your limits can hinder your body’s healing capacities and possibly make you even sicker.
Working out while sick for me gives me time to reflect on myself a little. It makes me slow down, be mindful of how my body is feeling which is a good thing!
and of course a little disclaimer for you: No. I’m not a nurse, doctor, or even a fitness professional. Just a mom trying to live a healthy lifestyle who often combats all those germs that come with having 3 rugrats. Kapeesh?
Do you tend to get sick as the seasons change?
Do you workout when you’re sick?
Hand sanitizer, scent or no scent?
Since I have been doing some PiYo reviews, I thought I would also share some reviews on some of my other favorite at home workouts. Insert Les Mills Combat. Ya know because I like kicking and punching shit! Even if that shit happens to be air in my own home.
And althought this particular workout is a core workout – don’t worry you’ll feel like punching someone or something at the end of it . This Combat workout is short (about 18 mins) but intense. Generally you don’t need to spend a ton of time working your abs and core as long as you’re using proper form and working to muscle fatigue.
It’s broken down into about 4 sections. You go through each exercise within the section without a break, then complete the same movements a second time. Usually the second time around they will integrate a little more advanced options for those wanting to challenge themselves.[Tweet “@ “]
- Double leg lift
- Alternating leg lift
- Scissor Switch – which is an alternating leg lift at a faster pace.
- Cross Crawl (AKA bicycle crunch)
- 2/2 tempo crunch (up two counts, down two counts)
- Hover / Salute
- Alternating Leg Drop
- V – Up / crunch combo (ouch)
- Star pose lift (double arm and leg lift)
The V-Up crunch move is where the weight is incorporated in the 2nd round through. Dan (the leading trainer) uses a 20lb-er. Some of the modifiers and gals use 5lbs and alternatively, no weights. I generally use a 5-10lb, or somedays nothing. Honestly if you’re keeping engaged this combo move is so tough you really don’t need the weight. Unless you’re feeling particularly badass that day.
- Mountain Climbers
- Side Hover (AKA side plank)
- Extended Arm and Leg Taps
- Leg Lift Extensions – with the 2nd round going into arm and leg lifts together.
The last section focuses’ on working the glutes mainly. As well as what feels like a billion mountain climbers. Those suckers are slow and your muscles will be screaming by the end.
There are some great modification options. The three gals in the back show you different ways to modify each move. The gal all the way to right will always be showing you the moves on her knees, so feel free to watch her and take this option if this suits you better.
It’s a great core burning workout for sure! The first time I did this workout it really struck me that these are great trainers. Dan gives you awesome tips for proper form, so make sure you listen to what he’s dishin. For one, they don’t have you rest your hands behind your head when you do crunches – they talk about keep your fingers to your temples. What does this do? Well it will keep you from pulling on your neck, which is one of the things a lot of people whom are starting out do all wrong.
My kiddos two cents on this workout: My eldest said, “What?! That’s easy!” (as he was watching it). When he got down to try one of the moves, he took it back. Owned. My Minime’s take? Well all she had to say was, “Dude, he’s buff!”.
Have you tried Les Mills Combat? Or taken a Body Combat class?
How often do you incorporate abs/core work into your routine?
You can purchase Les Mills Combat Here.
Note: The above link is the full big daddy Les Mills Package. The base package does not include this particular workout. But if you’re looking to spend less money and get into the program, you can find the Base Les Mills Combat program here.
I am in no way affiliated with Beachbody. I was not compensated for this post.