I thought I would share my workout routine/habits today. I enjoy reading about other people’s routines so you might enjoy reading about mine!
Time of day: I prefer to hit the gym after work or in the afternoon rather than in the morning. There’s a few reasons for this: 1) I feel more hydrated/fueled since I drink water/eat all day 2) I like to sleep and I require a lot of it 🙂 No really, I do. 3) I generally feel more energetic and push myself more later in the day.
Equipment: I always have my phone for Spotify or 8tracks.com. Sometimes I use my polar watch with the heart-rate monitor strap but I hate wearing the strap around my ribs, so I haven’t used it in a while. I just got a Fitbit Charge so I am enjoying that right now and it can record workouts as well. For running outside I like the Map My Run app.
Pre-workout: I like to eat either an apple, a protein bar or a protein shake about 1.5 hours before I workout so I have more fuel in my system. I also walk for 5 minutes at incline before I actually start any workout just to get moving after sitting at my desk like a sleepy sloth all day.
Supplements: My goal is to eat more protein because I feel a lot stronger when I do. I have also tried some pre-workout but I haven’t found one that I love yet. The Cellucor C4 extreme one everyone loves but it made me shake like a leaf and I felt like I was on crack. These three below look a little more natural and less intense so they are on my “to try” list:
- ETB Fit Pre-Workout – This company seems pretty cool, it is also a fitness community!
- Red Leaf Pre-Workout – This one has good reviews and looks more natural
- Vega Sport Pre-Workout – This comes in acai berry or lemon-lime, they have sugar-free versions too
Or you can just drink a ton of coffee or tea. But, if you have ever tried these, let me know what you think!
Workout: I have a love/hate relationship with running. Some days I love it and feel like this:
And other days I feel like this…
If I run, I usually do between 2-4 miles at incline at various speeds (depending on what I want to work on) and then I get bored because running on treadmills can get so boring sometimes! Next, I’ll either hit the mats for planks, abs etc. or I’ll go right into lunges, squats etc. And if I have lots of time I’ll do arms too but usually that needs to be a different day.
It’s really easy to get stuck in the same routine but an easy way to get out of the rut is to just spend some time researching new workouts! Usually I’ll just do a quick search on Pinterest to find variations of something or a new squat type etc. That is pretty motivating but if you need even more motivation, hit the mall and get a new workout top. Nothing gets me to the gym faster.
Post-workout: by the time I get home I am a sweaty, hungry, hot mess. My body wants food badly so I typically stuff something in my mouth on the way to the shower, this could be anything really, a piece of a muffin, dried fruit, a swig of almond milk, a handful of nuts, the crust of some cold pizza…You get the point. After I shower, I’m on cloud nine because I just worked out and now I’m all nice and clean and life is good. For dinner, I love me some salmon with edamame (both are staples in my
house studio apartment), a veggie omelet or some chickpea tacos with guac. Lots of guac.
My favorite part of the day is getting to relax after a hard workout with some yummy food. I workout for many reasons but the most important are: to be healthy on the inside and out, because it feels good, and to feel okay about eating a whole cheesecake at least once a year 😉
Well, that’s my routine! What’s yours?