FRIDAY!!!!!! 2 days closer to DONUTS!! 🙂
I am almost to the end of my sugar-free journey and I literally might go crazy for a donut! It has been super hard not having even one donut hole on Fridays but I have been good. Sunday….. I am tearing up some donuts and I might even have cake for breakfast! Now that I got that out, I wanted to do a fitness post for this week.
Fitness and health are both very important to me. Through my senior year of high school, I was heavily involved in cheer and dance so my daily workouts were a planned part of my everyday life. This continued in college but I did not have something going on everyday. I had to be disciplined and workout out on the days we didnt practice. I had to find something to keep myself in shape (and keep the notorious freshman 15 off as I entered college). The solution? Running.
Up until that point, I had never been a runner or even enjoyed the activity when I was forced to do so at cheer practice. I read in a magazine at the time, however, that one of the best and quickest cardio workouts (and a great way to increase your metabolism because of the effect of your heart rate speeding up and slowing down) was a run-walk routine, so I started with that. I immediately started noticing changes in my body, for the better. What also happened as an effect was I began being much more selective about the kinds of foods I ate so I had the energy and fuel for my runs. When I train for a 10K or 1/2 marathon, I usually change up my fitness routine by doing 1 long run on the weekend. For a mom who has a full time job, a husband, 2 kids and a blog to run, running is the very best option for myself to stay fit because it’s a fast way to work up your heart beat and sweat. The best part…. I can do it on my own time and pretty much anywhere.
About 3 years ago, I introduced weight lifting into my workout routine. I used to think “oh it will make me bulk up and look even more stocky than I already am…!!” Little did I know… I was missing out. I now have a set workout schedule for every day of the week and 3 of those are weight training. Here is my weekly workout schedule:
Sunday: Run 6 miles
Monday: Arm Day
– 20 bicep curles (3x)
– 20 chest press (machine) (3x)
– 15 shoulder press (machine) (3x)
– 20 shoulder press (weights) (3x)
– 30 tricep dips (3x)
– 30 pushups
– 10 arm raises front, side (weights) (3x)
– 20 chest fly’s (machine) (3x)
Tuesday: Run 2 miles (morning), Teach Dance
– Teen Hip Hop Class
– Boys Hip Hop Class
Wednesday: Run 2 miles (morning), Row Machine 20 minutes
Thursday: Run 2 miles (morning), Leg Day
– 20 squats, 50 lb bar (3x)
– 20 Inner thighs (machine) (3x)
– 20 outer thighs (machine) (3x)
– 15 hamstring dips kettlebell (3x)
– 20 walking lunges, 50 lb bar (3x)
– 20 squat press (machine) (3x)
– 30 standing calf raises, 60 lbs (machine) (3x)
Friday: Rest Day!
Saturday: 10 mile Run!!!