It’s been kind of a stressful year so far (as you may have gleaned from my lack of posting). Work has been crazy, and because of that and some other big life events, my immune system has also been fritzing out on me. I’ve had all my typical autoimmune symptoms – low grade fevers, exhaustion, muscle aches, brain fog – in other words, it’s been a treat. Continue reading
One of the sites I adore is called Nerd Fitness.
If you don’t know why, I suggest you go back and read some of my older posts. I’ll wait.
They post a lot of workouts that are, obviously, nerdy. Usually, these workouts are pretty intense, and given my current life circumstances, they’re something to aspire to rather than jump into at this moment.
But recently they posted one called “Winter is Coming.” There’s a different Workout for each season of Game of Thrones, with moves based on the events of that season. Not only are they totally doable, but all of them are easily modifiable for skill/energy level (ie in the season two workout, you do “Robb Stark Pushes Ahead,” which is basically just push-ups. But they give you a lot of options for what type of push-ups, ranging in skill level and difficulty).
Plus, all the workouts can be done anywhere – indoors or outdoors, which is a huge bonus for this of us who work retail and are at work pretty much every moment the sun is out (oh sunshine…how I miss you).
Anywho, here’s the link. I’m planning on doing the season one warmup and the seasons four/five workout tonight.
Which one are you going to try?
Well, Pile on the Miles ended a week ago. It was a very successful month for me! I got out walking for at least 30 minutes five times per week. I’ve been working a lot, too, plus finals and everything, so I’ve also been making sure to carve out plenty of time for resting and letting my body catch up. Sometimes I walked fast, sometimes I just strolled along and admired the scenery. But overall, I definitely have more energy and feel better. Just being outside has improved my mood a lot! Here are some of the pictures I snapped on those leisurely strolls…
What kind of workouts did you do during November?
I had all kinds of great plans for workouts to try out and post about over the summer: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn workout (a modified version, obvi), some from my weight lifting app, some ballet barre from YouTube…alas, my immune system had different plans for me this year.
Instead, I put on about ten pounds over the summer. Thanks a lot, thyroid. You’re a jerk.
Since I haven’t been posting much about my workout goals lately, I thought I would share some of the workouts I’ve been doing instead!
I’ve been wanting to get back into strength training – I used to work out with a trainer until I lost my job last year and couldn’t afford it anymore 😦 I miss working out with her a lot, but I also learned a great deal from her. I spent about six years working out with trainers on and off, so while I’m certainly no expert, I do feel like I know enough to put together a moderate strength training routine for myself. I’d like to work with a trainer again someday, but for now, I’m using a free workout app called Lifter. Continue reading
If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know that I love themed stuff. Whether it be a Pinterest board, a super festive holiday outfit, or a punny menu planned around an event, I am all for it.
While I know some people who hate Valentine’s Day, I am not one of them. Even if I’m single, I’m all about dressing in pink and red and binging my favorite romantic comedies all day (or, alternatively, every single Valentine’s Day episode of The Office). It’s just fun.
I thought I’d share my favorite Valentine’s Day workout videos with you. There are three of them, and all together, they make up a 40 minute long routine that covers all the bases (cardio, strength, and mobility). And they’ll get you in the red, pink, and sparkly heart covered mood.Whether you’re planning a romantic weekend, a girls’ weekend, or hanging out and watching Netflix by your lonesome this weekend, you can still feel strong and sexy. Because we are!
So here we go:
We’re going to start out with a little Zumba. This is a beginner’s routine, but it’s easy to modify the movements to more advanced versions if you’re a Zumba pro. Either way, few workouts will make you feel as sexy as a booty-shaking Zumba fest. This video is about 14 minutes long.
Next up is a little cardio kickboxing. The video is led by Denise Austin – I like her a lot as a teacher. Her moves are easy to follow, and she isn’t as annoying as many teachers are. Channel your inner (or outer) superhero for about 22 minutes.
Last, we’ll end things with a little of my favorite type of workout: yoga. This brief routine is only 4 minutes long, and is focused on moves that open up your heart (yeah, it’s cheesy, and yeah, I love it). It’s perfect to stretch out and cool down.
So, this workout is dancing, fighting, and opening your heart – pretty much a standard Valentine’s Day by any measure 🙂
If you’re looking for some fun partner workouts -also very Valentine’s Day-ish, and you can do them with your S.O. or your BFF – check out these plans:
And if you’re looking for some great themed workout music, this post has 10 awesome playlists that are themed-within-the theme (i.e. for single ladies on V-Day, soul music, “crooner classics,” 80’s music, etc).
What are you up to this weekend? Are you on the pro-Valentine’s bandwagon, or are you of the anti- persuasion?
P.S. You can also find these, as well as my other favorite YouTube workouts, on my channel.