Last week I got to go on vacation with 47 of my relatives! We went to Nashville, Tennessee for a few days and then to Gatlinburg in the Great Smoky Mountains. It was amazing!!!
I had really looked forward to running in the Smokies, but my body had different ideas. I've been dealing with a hip injury the last 2 weeks, so I settled on morning walks and the basic mat pilates routine.
I didn't run. And I didn't lift or do any workouts beyond Pilates and some occasional push-ups, planks, and full-range squats and lunges for mobility. In all honesty, it felt really nice to take a break for a week as I focused more on just being in nature. However, I'm ready to get back to work this week!
Working out is important since most of us are pretty sedentary for the rest of the day. It's important to MOVE your body every day. It's good to lift weights to keep your bones, joints, and muscles strong. But taking a day off here and there, or an occasional week off here and there can be a really good reset as well. It is important to work hard, but it's just as important to rest and recover. So don't beat yourself up if you miss a workout occasionally. (That doesn't mean you skip it EVERY day... LOL!)
If you do take a break, make sure that you make a plan to get back on track quickly. And take that time to walk, stretch, and continue to move your body, but not as hard as your "normal" workouts.
This week I'll be using the Trim in 20 Workouts, so its a great time to hop back onto the wagon if you've fallen off for a while. In my classes this week we're going to take it up a notch by performing each set/circuit 3 times, 1 minute per exercise. It should take us about an hour to get through it all. And instead of towels and water bottles we will be using resistance bands and weights. Feel free to join us in that venture OR stick to the 20-minute workouts if you're new or short on time.
Let's do this!!
Monday: Legs & Booty
Tuesday: Tabata Trimmer 1
Wednesday: Towel Workout- Arms 1
Thursday: Cardio Tone 1
Friday: Cardio Blast 1
Saturday: 30+ min outdoor activity of choice & 25-min Yoga Flow
Sunday: Basic Mat Pilates