I love to work out for many reasons. I have more energy throughout the day and I always feel that I’ve managed to accomplish more. I love knowing that I’m taking care of myself now while I’m younger because I know working out will benefit me when I’m older. I find it’s easier to stick to a daily routine when I find reasons to push myself and stay motivated. I have days just like everyone where the last thing I want to do is hit the gym, but when I think about why I am working out which are to look good now and stay healthier well into my old age that will be that needed little push that I need to work out that day.
My workouts are 6 days a week, and run 7 days a week on any average of 30 minutes. I have in the past tried not to go running on Sundays, but I find myself with low energy for the rest of the day if I don’t run even if it is only for a quick 20 minute run.
I like to integrate weights in as many ways as I can with my abdominal workouts. The extra resistance really makes me work my core. One of my favorites is leaning back on the stability ball with the weight over my head and pulling myself back up.
I get bored really easy so I’m constantly finding new exercises to keep me intrigued and to keep my body guessing I try to switch up my exercises every three weeks. This also always me to burn more calories while working out by switching what I do and how I do it.
My equipment consists of a stability ball, weights, jump rope and a mat if you can believe it. The rest of the time I like to work out outdoors if I can. Although, now that I live in Las Vegas, the heat tends to keep me in the gym more than I’d like. Being originally from Montana, I’m big into nature and doing a lot of outdoor activates I love hiking, swimming, bike riding, and rock climbing.
I try to drink 8 oz. of water before I work out and then drink all the through my work out. By keeping hydrated while working out there is less of a chance for muscle cramps and sick feeling after words.
Before I start my work out I warm up for about 10 minutes just some light stretches. After my work out I do about 5 to 10 minutes of deep breathing. Making sure that I have a quiet place to sit, I sit up as straight as I can. Close my eyes then take a slow breathe in through my nose, holding that breathe for a count of five then, to a count of 5, slowly exhale through my mouth. This helps me to come back into the present and fills my cells with much needed air after the work out. I like to take a cool shower when I am done it helps to restore my energy.
My daily work out is the following, even though I am adding new stuff to it I keep the basic exercises at all times.
Mondays: I focus on back, abs and arms by doing the following – back extensions on the ball, reverses hyperextensions, reverses fly, rows, chest press, front raises, push-ups, inch warms, ball crunches, and long arm crunches.
Tuesdays: I only do cardio for about 45 minutes which is swimming, cycling, stair climbing or a combination of 2.
Wednesdays: I work on my butt and legs by doing the following – standing leg lifts, squats, back kicks, lunges, pelvic tilt, hip toner, butt left, table tops, side leg lifts.
Thursdays: Well this may seem a bit wired but I head off the health spa where I spend 1 hour pole dancing. (When a friend of mine asked me to go with her I thought that it would be wired, I was wrong we wear high heels and yoga pants and t-shirts but you use every muscle in your body while working out.)—great cardio work out
Fridays: I will admit that I head to the gym for some badly needed stress release by doing an hour of kick boxing.
Saturdays: I am back at the health spa for an hour of yoga
Sundays: Even when it is hot out I try to keep up early in the morning in order to work out outside, this may be a game of tennis, rock climbing, or bike riding.