After I published the post about gaining weight and mentioned a little about exercising, a few of you emailed me asking why I don’t talk as much about fitness anymore. I realized that I wrote about it a lot when I was pregnant with Luke and postpartum, but then just let that part of the blog go away. Since there was some interest, I am bringing back a little fitness talk with a Fitness Friday feature.
This will be a place where I can talk about my current fitness routines, topical fitness topics, share favorite workouts, and more. If there is a specific topic or feature you’d like to see, just let me know in the comments.
The best thing I did for myself in the last few months fitness-wise is join a gym. We hadn’t belonged to a gym since Meghan was a baby. I relied on workout DVDs, home workouts, and running outside when the weather was mild. (I’m a wimp and don’t like running outside in the winter.)
At the end of last summer, Tim and I did the Insanity program together. It was an effective program and definitely had us both in great shape. That ended in September. Fall was tough. We had 4 different trips between September-December. Workouts became more sporadic. I got so sick of working out in our designated exercise room in our basement. I thought those cement walls might swallow me.
It was also increasingly difficult to find a time to workout. I don’t like to workout before the kids are up as I like to drink my coffee, read my Bible, and then either work on blog stuff or read blogs. After dinner I’m toast so it just doesn’t happen. So my only time was while Luke napped. Sometimes it worked out fine, but other days I felt like I was spending the entire nap time working out, showering, and getting ready and I really didn’t like it.
So we made the decision to join the YMCA and it’s been fantastic. I can go right to the gym after I drop Meghan off at school and Luke can go in the child care. It’s great for him to be around other adults and children for a short while and he has fun playing with all the toys. It’s been a win-win situation all around. I really feel like it’s saved my fitness routine.
Despite loving the gym, I still struggle with workout boredom. I need to switch things up often and find workouts that keep my interest. One thing I’ve had fun with is using the indoor track to combine cardio and strength training for a whole body workout. I first saw this track workout on Healthy Tipping Point and did it a few times.
Since then I have created a few different track workouts and thought I’d share one of my favorites with you today.
This is a great workout for when you only have 30 minutes, but want to get a whole body, calorie-blasting workout in. It’s definitely a challenging workout, but can be modified to different levels. It can be as hard or easy as you want it to be, depending on your exertion level.
I don’t take a break in between the running or exercises. It’s a continuous workout. Depending on your pace, it can take more or less than 30 minutes, but it’s approximately a 30 minute routine. You will need dumb bells, a chair or bench, and a place to run (could even be done on a treadmill).
I’m full of sweat by the end of this workout and love that it mixes cardio and strength training. It keeps my interest because the exercises vary so much throughout. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
I post a lot of different workouts on my Fitness Pinterest board. Check it out and follow my board to keep up with all the fun workouts I find.
What’s your fitness routine looking like lately? Are you a gym or home workout person?