When spring stripped away the cold, winter blanket, I decided it was time to step up my fitness game. No longer could I hide behind chunky sweaters and leggings, my summer fitness routine needed an overhaul. This happens every spring: I work out moderately in the winter and when spring comes, I cannot fathom putting on a pair of shorts or a bathing suit. In May, I finally woke up and realized being lazy is for the birds. I felt so much better after a workout, mentally and emotionally, and I knew that eventually, I could transform my body if I kept up with it. So, for the past two months, I have been working out religiously four to five times a week. I’ve mixed personal training with Soul Cycle and hot yoga classes and take my dogs for long walks around the neighborhood.
This week, I had to take a fitness time out. I didn’t want to, but my knees needed a break. After pounding them with back-to-back Soul Cycle classes for the past two months, my knees weren’t very happy with me. I’ve never had a problem with them before, but I quickly realized I need to realign my fitness goals and change my exercise routine as not to permanently damage them.
Start a running routine
Running has said to be one of the healthiest forms of exercise out there, and not to mention, it’s free! I live in a beautiful neighborhood and on a cool summer night, it will provide me with more than enough mileage to get the job done. With or without my dogs, but definitely with a great playlist, it’s something that I need to start as soon as possible. I’ve downloaded a couple of Couch to 5K apps, and hopefully will be able to run a full 5K by the beginning of fall.
Take time to relax (in a hot yoga class)
I enjoy a good sweat sesh and regular ol’ yoga just doesn’t do it for me. By the end of the day, my concentration level is not the best, but I feel that when the room is 100+ degrees, I have no choice but to concentrate on something other than passing out. I went to one class this summer, and although I felt like I was going to die halfway through, I made it to the end and felt pretty amazing afterward. It’s great for the skin and body and it can only help me achieve my overall fitness goals.
Listen to my body
Like I said earlier, it’s hard to take a break when you have an end goal in mind. This week, instead of intense cardio workouts, I opted, instead, for long walks with my two dogs around my neighborhood. It gave my knees (and my bank account) a break. I was able to squeeze in a couple of miles a day, all while taking care of my body. Bonus: my dogs get some much needed exercise, too!
Tank Top // Etsy
Water Bottle // BKR
Weights // TJ Maxx
Utilize my home “studio”
I wish I had a real home gym, but alas, all I have is a basket in my basement which contains two different sets of weights, kettlebells, resistance bands, and a foam roller. I also have a bunch of workout DVD’s from Jillian Michaels, P90X, etc. I’m not a fan of working out in my basement, especially during the summer, but in order to save some money and lose some weight at the same time, I know I need to make use of what is readily available to me. I have pinned a bunch of workout routines that can be done in the comfort of my own home.
Alter my summer diet
Summer and diet are two words that should never be in the same sentence. Summer is all about beach, BBQ’s and beers, but unfortunately, my doctor told me that I better get my act together and quickly. Curbing my food intake has been hard, but I have been trying my best to be as good as I can during the week. The weekends are tough; we always have a BBQ or dinner to attend and those hot dogs aren’t going to eat themselves. I find that with a strict diet during the week plus a consistent workout schedule, it’s ok to indulge in a dog or two on the weekends.