Good morning! Two more work days until it’s time to relax and slow down. What did you guys get up to during your 15 minutes of slow down time yesterday? Did you actually do it!? If not, you’ve got some catching up to do ; )
My mind and body were more than happy to have a break on Tuesday. After the work day was over, I lounged at home, wrote yesterday’s blog post, and chilled out. It was a nice way to wind down, and I was able to have an Epsom salt bath and finish my book, too! If you haven’t read The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein yet, I highly recommend it if you like spiritual/new-agey-type reads. That’s one book down from my 2017 New Year, New Goals list!
So, I felt recharged by the time my alarm clock went off at 5am the next morning. How is it possible to feel energized at 5am? Well, you just do what you gotta do. Sometimes in life we have to make sacrifices. We all know this. For me, this means giving up an extra hour of sleep so I can get an extra hour of the day in. This is also an hour that I don’t have to spend in the gym after the work day is over. While I don’t mind exercising in the evening, I always feel better when it is done in the morning. It is all becoming part of my new morning routine, slowly but surely.
Getting back to the actual workout, though. It was one of those mornings where I felt well rested and ready to take on the day. It’s important to me to be consistent with my workouts. I have noticed slight changes in my body since I started being more consistent. You know how they say consistency is key? It truly is. How can you expect your body or mindset to change if you are not consistently working outside of your comfort zone, challenging yourself, and pushing those limits? You gotta do it day in and day out, and eventually the results will come. On that note, that’s what I have been working on lately, from being more mindful and positive with my interactions to hitting the gym early.
For this work out in particular I started with an easy 5km (3.1 mile) run and finished it with some upper body strength training. I did exercises such as shoulder presses, bent over rows, tricep kick backs, front shoulder raises, and side lateral raises. Once the workout was over, I left the gym feeling a) shhhhweaty b) craving a green smoothie and c) clear headed.
Amazing what slowing down and getting a good workout in can do! Afterwards we spent the evening making buddha bowls for dinner, hangin’ with the fur kids & watching a movie. I hope you all had a nice evening too!
Catch ya tomorrow for Fit Tip Friday!!