This is my first post in a while, but I think the topic is so important and means the most to me.
There are hundreds of thousands of fitness accounts out there focusing on both men and women looking perfect and lifting heavier than anyone else, eating better, etc. I’m not one of those people. Yes, I love working out! It relieves me of stress and allows me to feel good about myself. I post pictures and workouts on my social media to share my progress and influence and motivate others to get active! It’s a great feeling that I think everyone should get to experience.
One of the biggest parts of being healthy and looking/feeling great is your diet. And I don’t mean that you have to DIET. I mean the food that you eat does have an affect on your body and can be a burden or be beneficial to your overall appearance and physical health. Personally, I don’t go on crazy diets to lose weight or go on a “cleanse” to be healthy. I think if you are interested in that kind of thing, that’s great!! It’s just not for me. Maybe I don’t have enough self control to stop myself from eating. I just LOVE food! I always find myself indulging in chocolate or some sort of yummy dessert at a restaurant.
Unfortunately, I know I won’t be able to continue my poor eating style for a long time. My body just doesn’t work that way, and the calories will start catching up to me. At that time, yes! I’ll start watching what I eat and cut out desserts instead of stuffing my face with whatever I can get my hands on.
My main message here…do what works for YOU. I’m not a health expert or a personal trainer, but I’m a person who has respect for my body and knows I need to take care of myself. I never push myself too far but rather just far enough. My limits are going to be different than others, and once you realize that what works for others may not work for you, everything feels easier. Live up to your own expectations instead of someone else’s! Make your own goals and go get them!
…and that’s my dose of positivity for the day:)
What a day!! As you may have noticed, my first post on this blog is called George, and it’s about the horse that I fell in love with at college. But more than that, the post touches upon how much I love horses and riding, as it gives me a great sense of freedom and connection.
Not only is horseback riding a great way for me to relax and clear my head, but it’s also a Fantastic workout! Today I was at KB Equine with the manager, Katie, who taught me equi-yoga! Today I worked on using only my legs or core to find my “seat” and get more comfortable on the horse. It was so cool and I cant wait to try it again soon!
After my riding lesson I headed off to the gym! Little did I know today was leg day…so I had two tough leg workouts in a row-not bad, but definitely difficult! At the gym I worked pretty much all areas of my legs. I did some HIIT type exercises that I wasn’t used to, but I could feel the burn for sure!!
As always, if you have any questions or want help with a workout, please let me know!!!
Here’s what today’s workout looked like:
Box jumps: 4 sets of 10 jumps
Vertical jumps: 4 sets of 10
Step-ups (with weights): 10 reps each leg
Squats: 4 sets of 12
Good Mornings: 4 sets of 10- be sure to do these slow, focus of digging into your heels
Calf raises: 4 sets of 25
Hamstring/glute raises: 4 sets of 10
Every have a leg workout that is so good it leaves you stumbling around for the next two days? Yup, that’s where I’m at right now. I was recently told by my doctor that my left knee is weaker than my right, which doesn’t really make sense because when I was a jumper for my college track team I always jumped with my left leg?? Anyways, I was doubling up sets on my left leg for today’s workout, and I definitely can tell that it’s weaker. This also ties in to the knee injury I’m dealing with, so I have to make sure I’m taking care of myself! Your body is a temple and it’s important to treat it accordingly!
Today’s killer leg/ab workout:
Deadlifts: 6 sets of 10
Hamstring curls: 6 sets of 15, 10, 10
Seated quad curls: 6 sets of 15, 10, 10
Oblique dips: (with plate) 6 sets of 15
Seated machine crunches: 6 sets of 15
Alright, so two upper body workout days in a row (ugh), but I know it will be worth it, and I’m already seeing results! Todays workout was focused on biceps and triceps, but for some reason I was having more fun with my tricep workouts and maybe went a little overboard (again, worth it).
Try this workout and let me know what you think!!
Triceps extension: 6 sets of 15, 10, 5 reps
Dumbbell biceps curl: 6 sets of 15, 10, 10 reps
EZ-bar Skullcrusher: 6 sets of 15, 10, 5
Machine bicep curls: 6 sets of 15, 10, 5
Dips: 6 sets of 15
Hammer curl: 6 sets of 15, 10 reps