Hey y’all! Hope everyone is having a fabulous week. I have been a little under the weather so I haven’t been able to workout as much as I would have liked but we have to listen to our bodies. I didn’t let it get me down and I found things I could do that I wouldn’t normally do. I did basic exercises – you know the ones we don’t think about anymore. But let me tell you, I was sore the next day because it was basic movements I realized I tend to ignore with my daily workouts. If you are anything like me (and every other person who works out for that matter) you have a favorite area to workout. My guilty pleasure is legs, I love to workout legs. But because of this I tend to neglect my arms.
I usually workout legs twice a week and then do full body the other 3 or 4 days. I incorporate cardio into each workout and make sure I get a day of mobility in too. But I actually took a step back one day and realized I don’t focus on my weaknesses. I do what I know and what I am comfortable with. I forget to step outside my comfort zone. Like most people, we start new things and always gravitate back to what we prefer. It’s just human nature to “Do what we know” or what makes us feel comfortable. So I started trying different workout routines. I had to find what works for me, just like you need to find what works for you. I have started by isolating what I am working out and alternating days. So for instance Monday is leg day, Tuesday is arms, Wednesday is between a full body and cardio, Thursday is leg day, Friday is arms and Saturday is full body but light weight. And Sunday is an active rest day because I never really stop moving. Now I know it says Leg Day and Arms but what that really means is lower body and upper body. Lower body or leg day includes glutes, legs and I usually include abs. Upper body or arms includes arms, shoulders, chest and back. (I personally don’t do a lot of chest but I do enough to maintain.) DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU!
I have tried this routine for a few weeks now and I have noticed quite the change. In such a short time I was able to start lifting more with my arm workouts. (I also realized I am stronger than I thought I was.) I realized stepping out of that comfort zone I created allowed me to discover more about myself. I actually enjoy doing upper body now. I feel more proportionate and balanced. If you would have asked me a month ago to do cardio with you, I would have laughed in your face. But now that I have pushed myself to do more cardio, I am willing to take it head on. And you can’t forget about your mobility day. Some people will tell me again and again how they hate yoga. I get it, it is not for everyone but you need to be doing some kind of stretching. When you workout you are shortening your muscles and if you don’t stretch them out you increase your chance of injury.
So the next time you take a high intensity class, challenge yourself by going a little bit heavier on the weights and you will be surprised at what you are capable of. I always doubted how strong I was until someone pushed me to just try it. I was shocked at the weight I could lift. Get to making your fitness journey as well balanced as possible and train those weaknesses!
-Peace Love & TruFit