It’s Friday again already!
I have a few fun workouts to share with you this week so let’s jump right in!
Friday: I wanted to do an outdoor workout so I headed to the park with every intention of just running…except it would be on a different path and provide a nice change of scenery. But when I got there, there was a bunch of empty soccer fields. For those of you that don’t know, I used to be pretty good at soccer. I played in a premier league in middle school and early high school before I gave it up to focus on volleyball. HOWEVER, I probably haven’t been on a soccer field in at least 10 years. But I reached back into my memory bank and tried to put together some sort of workout with some of the stuff I remembered doing at practices.
Here’s what it ended up looking like:
For the suicides, I started at one goal line, ran to the top of the penalty box and back, to mid-field and back, to the top of the other penalty box and back and then to the opposite goal line and back.
If you notice the pained expression on my face behind that fake smile, it’s because I spent the entire workout thinking one of the following:
a) Holy shit soccer fields are A LOT bigger than I remember.
b) I can’t believe I was ever in good enough shape to run around one of these fields for 90 minutes
c) I’m gonna die.
So there you have it. When I played we’d do something like this for our warmup. And then practice for 3 hours. CRAZY.
I also snuck in a couple of walks and did my first 3 minute plank in forever!
Saturday & Sunday: Rest days. We did some yard work on Sunday and played an awesome game of sand volleyball. Oh, and in case you didn’t know, I’m pretty much incapable of wearing matching clothes to do yardwork. Here’s my most recent attire. Light purple, hot pink, three shades of blue, some black…you get the idea 🙂
Monday: I was in the mood to run but it was raining for most of the day and my treadmill is currently broken. Just as I was about to give up, I noticed that the rain had let up so I headed out to squeeze in a couple miles. I ran two 9 minute miles and then walked a mile to cool down. Just as I was finishing up, it started raining again so I headed inside, set my timer for 10 minutes and walked up and down my staircase. I wasn’t running up and down…I was just walking up and down at a steady pace for 10 minutes straight to see how many times I could go up and down. My goal was 40. I got to 43!
Tuesday: I needed to mail my Foodie Penpals package so I decided to walk the 1 mile to the post office instead of driving. After I mailed the box, I took the super long way home to make it a 4 mile walk and then did a few planks.
Wednesday: I decided to give my legs a break and I headed to the basement to do a weights workout. I picked exercises that focuses on shoulders and back. Here’s what it looked like:
Thursday: I didn’t feel like running but wanted to do something that would get my heart rate up. So I headed out to the front steps and did this workout:
Everything that says staggered is done with one foot up on the step and the other on the ground.
You could easily do this workout using a box, a park bench,
a weight bench or even a curb!
Also, please excuse my crazy hair in the photo above.
I didn’t have a big block of time yesterday to take my regular 3-4 mile walk to help me get my 10,000 steps…but I did manage to find 3 shorter 15 minute blocks of time to walk!
I challenged myself to go a little further during each 15 minute walk:
So there you have it! My week of workouts. I also guest posted for Laura this week and shared another fun workout:
It is KILLER. Laura and I both shared our #PROOF pictures in the post and we are sweaty messes 🙂 CLICK HERE to check it out.
A couple other things of note:
I got bloodwork done for the first time in a few years because I had to get a physical for my internship and let me just say, I’m pretty darn proud of my results:
I’m most proud of my HDL cholesterol actually. Last time I got it checked it was in the 30’s and one of my goals when I started exercising regularly was to increase that number. In case you don’t know, HDL is the good cholesterol because it clears excess cholesterol from your blood and returns it to your liver, thus preventing it from forming plaque in your arteries! Aerobic exercise is one of the best ways to improve your HDL.
I’ll leave you with this picture that my fitfluential friends shared on their page this week as part of their motivation campaign:
More important than the photo is the message I posted with it when I shared it on instagram, facebook and twitter:
Sometimes I eat ice cream after dinner. I’m not afraid to eat carbs and I don’t count calories.
BUT, I also workout 4-5 days a week. I eat lots of fruits and vegetables. I lift weights. I choose lean sources of protein, eat healthy fats and drink lots of water.
Strive for balance, embrace moderation and work hard to make YOURSELF proud. The rest will work itself out.
Have a great weekend!