And it’s Tuesday.
Anyone else lost all track of time? Date? Month?
I don’t really think I’ve had a solid handle on the date since mid-March.
I saw this on Pinterest yesterday and could not stop laughing…
Today’s post is a round up of your questions about my exercise routine! I’ve done these posts before where I chat about what I do, but this is the first Q&A! I typically try and stay in my lane, so I don’t talk a lot about health, fitness and nutrition since that’s not my lane (there are so many pros out there for that!), but I can talk about what I personally do and you can take it for what it’s worth (knowing I’m not a professional!).
Over the years (dare I say last 20ish years?! How old am I??????!!!), I’ve had a very consistent fitness routine. It might change up a bit, but it’s always there a part of my daily routine. You girls asked some great questions! The answers are below…
I’m one of those people who kind of always likes to do the same thing when it comes to fitness. I’m not super adventurous, don’t join all of these new gyms that pop up, just kind of stay on my track because it works for me and so far, I’m not burned out. Here is a rough outline of what my workout routine has looked like over the years:
High school: I was a dancer from 3 to 18. At 14, I got a gym membership and would go up there when my dad worked out. I would do the elliptical/treadmill/things like that. I started running in high school…not “seriously” running, but I learned to love getting out in my neighborhood and jogging.
College: I would run every morning before class. It was free…and as a poor college kid, I needed free. Sometimes, I ran with friends and sometimes, by myself. It was quick, easy, efficient and cost me nothing. I discovered yoga when I was 19 and that was a game changer for me. I bought Kristin McGee’s MTV Power Yoga and have probably done it 500 times over the last 20 years. I instantly loved yoga.
Early 20s: Andrew and I lived in an apartment with a little gym. I still ran every morning but would lift weights after or do yoga. I read a lot of magazines (Self, Shape) and would do whatever workouts I could find in there at the tiny gym.
Mid-20s: Right around 2006ish, I decided to really become a runner. I started reading magazines geared towards running and books too (I loved Jeff Galloway’s!) and committed to being more of a long distance runner. We didn’t have kids and Andrew worked all the time, so this was the perfect time for me to focus just on me and my goals. Andrew and I both got gym memberships at the same gym, and three days a week, I would lift weights and then do short runs (3 miles), two days a week, I would do longer runs 5 to 7 miles and then on Saturday mornings, I would do long runs (18 to 24 miles). On my really long runs, my sweet dad and hubby would know my route and take turns handing off water to me. Aren’t they sweet?! Over a few years, I did many 5Ks, 10Ks, half-marathons and then I did complete two full marathons. One day in January, I was running and then all of a sudden thought “this isn’t fun anymore”. It just kind of hit me. I still to this day remember where I was in McKinney when I had that lightbulb moment. I ran home and hung up my running shoes for a bit. I still lifted weights, walked and did yoga, but I didn’t run long distances anymore.
Late 20s: This was a very different time in my life because I was pregnant and had babies pretty back to back. With Kensington’s pregnancy, I still got up and went to the gym every morning. I lifted light weights, walked on the treadmill, swam, did prenatal yoga…just whatever I felt like. After Kensington was born, when she was 6 weeks old, I did one of the BEST things for me! I joined a stroller based workout class that met four days a week. I had heard about these classes but didn’t know anyone who did them, and I’m so glad I gave it a try!! I showed up every morning around 9:00 with my stroller, my baby and worked out with so many other mamas. I loved these classes for many reasons: I met new people here in my community that remain dear friends to me, I learned so much from all of those mamas because they all had older kids/multiple kids and were filled with so much wisdom, advice and encouraged me in so many ways. Also, these classes are outdoors, so this gave both myself and Kensington an hour each day to enjoy being outside with other friends. I also loved these classes because as a new mom, I needed to get out and about each day for my own mental wellbeing but didn’t want to have to get “dressed” and these classes provided just that! I could throw on my gym clothes, not wear makeup and have the best time with my friends. We did these classes when Smith was born (during my pregnancy too!) until K was three years old. It was so good for all of us!!!
Early 30s: When Kensington was 3 and Smith was 2, I made the decision to leave our stroller based workout and join a gym with a great childcare program. My toddlers were beginning to be too restless in the stroller, so I thought I’d give them a new place to visit a few days a week. I found a fantastic gym by my house (where I still go today!) that had an AMAZING childcare program and three days a week, we went to the gym for one hour. On other days, I would still walk around the neighborhood with them and do yoga, but those days (especially my classes on Monday and Wednesday) were some of my very favorite! My kids loved their friends at the gym, and I loved mine! Once again, we met new people who became dear friends.
Now: Whew! Now, here’s what I do. I really try and workout a solid five days a week. Some weeks, I get exercise in daily, but I always aim for at least five days a week. Two days a week, I go to a weight lifting class at my gym and the other three days, I do cardio or yoga at home. On top of all of it, I am a daily dog walker too.
For me, exercise is about self-care/stress release/feeling fit/giving me energy/building muscle…but diet is about my shape and size. I’m of the mindset that it doesn’t matter how much you workout, if you eat a bunch of junk, there is no amount of working out to make you look your best.
I would say my diet and exercise is pretty consistent 7 days a week. That being said, we eat home during the week and out on Friday and Saturday nights, so I probably consume more calories/indulge a bit more on those days…but overall, things are pretty routine.
On vacations, I get sleep. I don’t get a lot of sleep at home, so when we’re traveling, I don’t workout and indulge in sleep instead. After my vacation, I go back to how it was before, but I really give myself grace when traveling.
If I can’t get outside because of the weather, I love to do yoga. I don’t beat myself up about it if I can’t go outside. You can only control so much and have to give yourself grace.
I loved walking and swimming. Both of those things made me feel good about myself but didn’t overwork me.
I love the Peloton app! Even if you don’t have a bike, get the app. It has the most amazing classes for running, walking, yoga, strength training, cardio, even dance! It’s all you need!
My parents joke all the time because they say I didn’t hit puberty until I was 19. Ha! For me, college was a really healthy time. I learned a lot about food and exercise from reading magazines (again Self and Shape were my fave!), and I just leaned out/got smaller/became more fit around 19. I don’t know? It’s like all of a sudden my body woke up and shook off the baby look…better late than never, right?!
TOTALLY!! Sometimes, I am lazy and just skip. The majority of the time, I remind myself that I’ll feel better after I exercise, but yes, some days, you just have to rest and that’s okay.
Yoga works great, but I also go to a weight class twice a week.
Watching my dad! My dad was always active and fit from going to the gym, so it encouraged me.
I’m kind of back to being a runner these days. I don’t know what happened, but I snapped out of running and now, I think I might be snapping back in. Ha! I’m currently running at least 5 days a week. I always run when I set out “to run”, and right now, depending on how much time I have, anywhere from 3 to 5 miles.
My sweet spot is 60 minutes.
You know, Andrew and I have eliminated a lot of things so being outside and “playing” are kind of their only options most days. We don’t have video games at our house, and we don’t like the TV to be on during the day, so my kids are typically swimming, playing with some kind of ball, riding bikes, rollerskating, scootering…all sorts of active things. This kid…
…has been running with me, and I LOVE IT!!
Right now, I pretty much always, always, always workout before they wake up! Once my kids are awake, I can find a billion excuses not to workout, but if they’re asleep, it’s much easier. Andrew and I rotate our gym times and make it work. Now that Smith wants to run with me, he’ll get up some days earlier, but I love to get up, workout and be done before anyone wakes up.
I actually really love strength training, but I do more cardio because it just works better for me.
I remind myself that I never regret working out but almost always regret skipping.
I really love classes! I love that I don’t have to think. I just show up and someone else tells me what to do. I love that there is accountability there because you meet friends and people are counting on you to be there, and I love that there’s a set start and stop time.
I typically use dumbbells between 5 and 20 pounds depending on what I’m doing.
No, I’ve always been able to make it work without one.
I love having a yoga mat, a medium set of dumbbells (so not too heavy, not too light) and a resistance band. You can do a lot with just that!
I would be lying if I said my hair and workout schedules didn’t work with each other. Ha! If I know I’m going to have a sweaty workout, I’ll wash it after or put it up in a bun/throw on a hat. If I have fresh clean hair, I’ll do yoga or lift weights (neither which make me sweaty).
I do not! I drink a cup of coffee and have water with me. I don’t like to eat beforehand or it makes me feel sluggish.
I always aim for 15,000. Some days, I do more though…and occasionally, I don’t hit that mark.
For yoga, Kristin!
For running or cycling, Robin or Alex!
I don’t keep track of that stuff. I always just keep track of how I’m feeling, how my clothes fit, etc, but not those specific numbers. On my watch, it counts calories burned and I have the daily goal set to 500, but it’s not one of the ones I watch super closely.
Whew! So many great questions!! If you have some workout advice for us, please share!!
I’ll see you guys back here tomorrow for Let’s Look on the first day of July 🙂 .