It's a new year and I've felt a shift in my training. Two weeks ago, I felt exhausted by the end of the week, so despite having a new workout to test out on my guinea pigs, I made an executive decision to just do some yoga.
It was a hit! We all so badly needed it and felt so much more relaxed and rejuvenated afterwards! We actually now spend all week looking forward to "Flexy Friday!"
We spend all week working hard in the gym. However, it's really easy to spend all our time lifting and jacking up our heart rates during an intense HIIT session and forget to recover, relax and renew. It's during the recovery time when you actually grow. That's why it's important to alternate what muscle groups you are working throughout the week. Or get enough sleep at night. It's also why it's important to have a little down time and rest your hard-worked muscles.
That, however, does not give you permission to be a total couch potato...
I have always been a big proponent of yoga and Pilates (but I don't take the time to do as much as I should...). The beauty of these modalities is that they lengthen and strengthen your muscles at the same time and get you into your parasympathetic nervous system (the "rest and digest" system). That's why you feel "chill" by the time you get done. You're still getting a workout without negatively stressing your body. Instead, you're helping your body recover, rest and repair while increasing your flexibility and mobility! That's a WIN in my book!
Since I only have 1 yoga flow filmed, I'll include links to one of my favorite YouTube yogis. She has a lot of sessions that are only 20-30 minutes long, so they won't take long and your body (and mind) will thank you afterwards.
I hope you have a wonderful week. I'm still working on getting those new workout videos edited, so for now I'll keep posting older workouts. But make sure to follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to get a sneak peek at what's coming in the future. I'm testing new workouts each week in the gym!
Monday: 30-min Abs, Butt, & HIIT
Tuesday: Tabata 2
Wednesday: Upper Body Sculpt 7
Thursday: Sevens 2
Friday: 23-min Yoga for Hips and Low Back (by Yoga with Adriene)
Saturday: 30+ min Activity of your choice (outside if possible)
Sunday: Take a walk and Mat Pilates