I started off my week at the gym on the elliptical. I did steady state cardio for 40 minutes before I spent 10 minutes walking laps of the track for my cool down. I then spent a few minutes on a mat on the floor doing some core work. I swear planks are harder after cardio than if I do them before. Does anyone else feel like that too?
When I got to the gym on Tuesday I did some more cardio on the elliptical. The above is a recycled photo because I either forgot to take one or I accidentally deleted it from my phone before I was able to upload it to this post. Whoops. Thanks to my FitBit though, I know that I did 35 minutes. As usual for my cool down, I did a few laps of the track to get my heart rate back down.
I was hoping to get on a treadmill for my workout originally, but with all the walking I do at work, my plantar fasciitis is starting to act up. Even walking can be painful (I don’t even want to think about running right now), so I figured doing a workout with the least amount of impact as possible would be the best idea. That meant either using the elliptical or bike. I always have a hard time getting my heart rate up with the bike, so that’s why I went with the elliptical.
I spent my time at the gym on Thursday on the elliptical. I did some intervals, which always makes my workouts go by faster. I’m not sure what it is, but doing intervals is some sort of time warp that makes my workouts fly by.
When I woke up Friday morning it was still snowing from the night before and the roads were bad. As a result I decided to skip the gym and instead do a workout on YouTube. I can’t remember which one I did, but it was definitely a workout from Jessica Smith. It felt great to get sweaty. It would have been very easy to skip my workout entirely since my plan was to go to the gym, but I’m glad I decided to workout anyways. It can definitely be tougher to be active at home because there are so many distractions, but I stuck with it.
Since it was still snowing when I looked out the window on Saturday morning, I decided that instead of going to the gym, I would do an at home yoga practice. I got out my ashtanga primary series print outs and got to it. Back in the day when I was going to a couple ashtanga classes every week I would have had the poses and order memorized, but now that it’s been awhile since I’ve been to a class, I need to reminders.
Now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure that the last time I was going to ashtanga classes regularly was back in 2014. That seems like such a long time ago, but at the same time since then I’ve done some high school upgrading, gone to school full time for two years, and was also working multiple jobs throughout that whole time. Clearly I’ve had a lot on my plate, but I’d really like to get back to yoga classes on a regular basis again.
Now that you know how I’ve been staying active all week, what was your favorite workout?