If you spend hours on the elliptical then I’m sorry but you’re doing it wrong, unless you have bad knees or you’re training to be a gazelle. When I first started at the gym I always went on the elliptical because well, it was easy. Now I pretty much despise any cardio that involves a machine (although I use treadmills in the winter because I live in Canada and well snow).
Here are a few of my favourite forms of cardio (this doesn’t mean I love cardio, I still hate it):
Skipping – this shit will get your heart rate up in a hurry. Try skipping in intervals and then when you get really good at it try double unders.
Burpees – pretty much the worst exercise known to man but burpees are effective. Use burpees as a finisher to fully destroy you after a workout.
Jump Squats – these will help perk up your butt and that’s pretty much all the reason I need to do them. Add jump squats into your warm up and your body will be warm in no time.
Running – get outside and run like hell (unless there’s snow on the ground).
Rowing – yes it’s a machine but it’s f*cking hard. Add rowing into your normal gym routine, you’ll hate it so much you’ll love it
Add one (or more) of these moves to your regular routine and you’ll feel your heart rate increase and the sweat pour out of your body.
I saw the above quote a few days and it hit me so hard in the feels that I actually became emotional. Working out has provided me with the most effective stress relief. Working out consistently gives me a ‘happy’ boost, when I go through a tough time and I don’t workout, I feel very down in the dumps (down in the dumps is an understatement). It only took me like 5 years into my fitness journey to figure out the cycle, but hey at least I have it figured out now.
When you workout it starts a cascade of positive events in your body, such as a reduction in certain health risks (heart disease, diabetes etc). But more importantly your body will have improved brain function. People who suffer from depression have a smaller Hippocampus (this is the area of the brain that helps regulate mood), studies show that exercising encourages cell growth in the Hippocampus. EXERCISING IS SO NEAT.
In the words of Elle Woods:
There is also a direct correlation between the way your body feels and how your brain feels. If you’re body feels good, your brain will most likely feel the same way. Endorphins actually act as natural pain killers and they help you sleep which helps you stress less. You don’t need some expensive gym membership to get your body some endorphins, simply go for a run, skip, play outside with your friends or kids.
New week, new you right? Here are some tips for keeping on track this week:
Be Prepared – Meal prep is the best and easiest way to stay on track for the week. With healthy already made meals in the fridge it becomes a million times easier to stick to your goals.
Schedule Out Your Week – Grab your planner or print off a calendar, make sure to schedule in workouts, social time and whatever else you need to do or want to do for the week.
Take it One Day at a Time – Don’t stress about the days or the numbers just try and get through one day at a time, one decision at a time.
Prepare for Detours – Think of all the things that could get you off track this week and come up with a plan or plans to avoid getting off track. Maybe this includes bringing snacks wherever you go or drinking more water.
Don’t Reward Yourself With Food – Stop rewarding yourself with food, food is fuel, it is not a reward. Come up with a special reward for yourself, maybe it’s getting your nails done or buying new workout clothes.
Don’t be to Hard on Yourself – If your week doesn’t go as planned don’t put yourself down. Negativity is not the answer, pick out the positives from the day or week and be happy with what you did or achieved, it doesn’t matter if it’s small or large.
I’m a little late to the party but Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness (aka the GREATEST documentary of all time) just came onto Netflix and MY LIFE HAS BEEN CHANGED. I have been watching the Crossfit games for years and my god I love any and all documentaries about it. When the games come on I live stream it wherever I am, I have even taken time off work to watch the games. I have watched Fittest on Earth over 20 times, and I am now onto my third time watching Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness (I am currently watching it because I LOVE IT).
Here are my thoughts while watching the greatest documentary of all time, seriously someone give them an oscar.
Dave Castro is so extra, I love it.
Wow, I’m shit at everything.
Sara Sigmundsdottir is my Spirit Animal.
I hope no one dies.
Watching the guys work out is better than both Magic Mike movies combined.
I wish I was Icelandic.
I need to workout like ASAP.
I want to hang out with all of these athletes.
Katrin’s eyebrows are everything.
My motivation is through the roof right now.
The 2017 Crossfit Games are in a couple weeks and I AM SO EXCITED. I’m hoping Sara Sigmundsdottir wins for the women this year, who are you cheering for?
I don’t think there is anything in this world that I hate more than running. When I was a kid I hated track and field day because you show up to school one day and you’re expected to run for like 800 metres. No thank you. The night before track and field day I would try and come up with ways to get out of it, like breaking my own leg. I don’t think that’s too dramatic or anything. I’m also asthmatic so running is a bitch for me, a bitch that I’ve avoided like the plague.
A couple of weeks ago I walked into my regular Crossfit class and written under WOD on the board was a 400 metre run. No, just no. I felt like I was in elementary school again, only this time I didn’t have my inhaler. The run was awful, I hated every minute of it. I was embarrassed by my horrible running skills, I literally have the lung capacity of a mouse. I hate being bad at things so I am determined to improve this skill ASAP. I know I won’t be able to run long distances over night but I’ve come up with a plan. Repeat the weekly workout 3-5 times a week.
Feel free to join me for 8 weeks of literal hell, I’m starting Monday. Hopefully in 8 weeks I will be significantly better at running.