Friday, January 31, 2014
my exercise lately.
Because I'm nosy and totally wanna know what YOU do for exercise, I'll share what I do.
When Jake is home I pretty much just go to yoga.
It's somewhere in the 3-5 times a week range, depending upon Jake's schedule, my schedule and the girls schedule.
I do Bikram so it's in a 103 degree room, it's 90 min's long, it's intense and heart pumping, it's not the kind of yoga that has pretty music and soft words and you leave feeling all relaxed.
You leave feeling STRONGER (and wet) when you do Bikram...maybe relaxed, but not in the 'I just took a very wiggly nap' way, more like in the 'I'm a total rock star for just surviving that' way.
And in that heat you release a TON of toxins so that relaxes you too.
But alas...Jake is not here.
I set up a friend to watch the girls every Friday so that I knew I'd get to yoga at least once a week while he was gone and anything I got over that would be a bonus! (I've had 2-3 bonuses!)
Friday's are special.
I get to do an hour long class and then stay for another 90ish min. class that has other postures (84 to be exact!), higher heat, blah blah blah....It's called Advanced, I flippin' love it. I'm terrible at it but I just love to be in there and I love what some of these crazy postures are doing for my hips:
(doesn't look too hard, right!? HA!? You put YOUR knees into your armpits and then try to pick your feet up, touch them AND THEN LOOK UP.....seriously, try it ;-)...oh, and this isn't even all of it, after that, straighten your arms!!! I'm not to that point yet, obviously.)
With my hubby gone, my exercise looks more like this:
Monday: Run 30 min and then do a 15-20 min HIIT (I mix these up, making it up as I go, making sure to mix up the focus areas each day)
Tuesday: Run 30 min and then do a 15-20 min HIIT
Wednesday: Yoga at home. Sometimes I just do the Bikram series (it's the same 26 postures every time) without the heat, sometimes I click on a heater, sometimes I just do some other yoga stuff and throw in a HIIT workout before or after it.
Thursday: Run 30 min and then do a 15-20 min HIIT
Friday: 3 hoursish of yoga at the studio!
Saturday: Hike with the girls and dogs
Sunday: Sometimes another hike, sometimes nothing, one time I went to a Yin yoga class (more like the 'wiggly nap' kind of yoga)
This isn't exact but basically what it's looked like this month.
How do I go on a 30 min run when there's four kids here you ask!
I'd have taken a picture but dude....
It's CRAZY and I'm baffled that's it's worked so well each time!
I'll just describe it to you:
There's me. Holding onto a leash, because of course the dog comes! (only one, because the other one does. not. like. to. run....found out the hard/annoying way)
And in front of me are four of THE CUTEST little girls each on their own BIKE.
We have 'stopping points' on the route.
Points that they can race ahead to on their bikes and wait for me to catch up.
A lot of times that isn't even necessary though because we live in a mountain range so it ain't exactly flat and the bikes get walked for at least 1/3 of the ride/run.
It's insanity, on 8 wheels and 6 legs...but everyone wins.
I have pretty much vowed to not ever run more than 30-45 min's again and I do not run UP hills.
It's too painful and not worth it.
But, I am finding that if I keep up those rules, I can still run and because I LOVE it so much, I'll take it.
When Jake gets back, I'll probably keep up some of this running/HIIT's.
I've really enjoyed them and realized how much I missed them.
Anywho, like I said, I'm nosy....
Whatch' you do?