What’s your workout style?

I don’t know about you but my “go to” is cardio. I literally have to make myself hit the weights even though I know how important resistance training is. There is always a sense of dread for me with weight training. I guess it requires more thought and effort. Begrudgingly I make the effort because I know it’s the one thing that allows you to re-shape your body, so I hit the weights at least 2-3 times per week.

Other times I find it refreshing to mix up different home workout programs. One day I might do a P90X workout, another day, Taebo. Mixing up the workout relieves the boredom that sets in when you’re doing the same workout day in and day out.  I have quite an extensive library of workout DVD’s and love to crank the music and imagine myself on TV. Generally my imagination goes into overdrive and gets me through the workout.  When I’m in the comfort of my living room you can’t tell me anything. I’m the star of that show!  Yessir!

I lean towards cardio the most because I don’t have to overthink it. All I have to do is put on my head phones, crank the music and zone out.  Cardio is good for the heart muscle and it helps increase stamina. Yet, it too, can become boring so I don’t stay on any one machine too long. If I know I’m going to do an hour of cardio, oftentimes it’s on 4 different cardio machines. I will go from treadmill to elliptical to stationary bike to steps. Sometimes I’ll hit Jacob’s ladder but believe me right now I cannot focus past 5 minutes on that machine. Much needed work in that area.

All in all I would say my workout regime is pretty flexible. When the weather is warm I love to walk outside on a track or neighborhood. It’s best for me to have a walking buddy because then I can walk for hours losing track of time with chatter all while burning many calories.

So what’s your workout style? How often do you change it up? Are you intimidated by resistance training? Please share your workout schedule.

The Four Agreements of Working Out

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz was one of my favorite reads of 2013.  It seemed like everyone I know had read the book but me so I decided to dive in myself to see what the buzz was about. I read it and loved it! Based on traditional Toltec beliefs, the author, who is a shamanic teacher and healer, believes that we will become filled with unconditional love, grace and peace if we apply the agreements to our lives.

Being the fitness minded person that I am I naturally wondered how I could apply this to my workouts.  I decided to take the same principals and apply them to my personal journey. The following outlines my thought process.

1.    Be impeccable with your word: If you say that you’re going to make a change to your health and fitness then make it. If you say that you’re going to start working out then do it. Show up for yourself. Start using words to encourage yourself and create the healthy lifestyle and body that you desire.

2.    Don’t take anything personally– sometimes things won’t go the way that you want them to go. Your knee might act a fool, or you might get tired really quick. Don’t take it personally; go slow until you work your way up. Your body is not against you. It’s just that you might be doing something different and it has to get accustomed. When in the gym you might feel that people are staring at you and sometimes they are, but not always for the reasons that you think. People often access their progress by looking at other people. So just smile, nod, and keep it moving, because everyone is there for the same reason and that is to get in shape.

3.    Don’t make assumptions– If you have a question while at the gym then ask it. Don’t assume that you know the routine or how to use the equipment properly because then you risk injuring yourself. Once you ask you’ll know how to execute it properly going forward. Trust me, there are no stupid questions here.

4.    Always do your best– when striving towards a healthy lifestyle do the best that you can.  Yes, there are times that you will not want to be in the gym, on the track, or doing whatever activity that you’re involved in. Look at it this way, you’re already there, right? So give it your all so that you will feel better about yourself afterwards without self-judgment, self-abuse or regret.

So there you have it….my take on the four agreements as it applies to your health and wellness. I hope that you, too, can take what I have written and find it beneficial in applying it to your own health regime.

Published in: on January 17, 2014 at 3:06 PM  Leave a Comment  
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