After a long work day with lots of sitting behind a desk, i decided to try some stretching, yoga or pilates in the evening. True, i don’t do it every evening – only on those when i am home early …. never mind that there are not so many of those.
After some 10, 15 or 20 minutes of an easy evening routine i feel refreshed and relaxed. I haven’t really noticed whether i sleep better due to the yoga ( or whatever it is i am doing), but i do enjoy the thought that ‘i have dedicated these minutes to myself alone’. Also, on such evenings i find it soothing to get in bed with a book and fall asleep with a feeling that my day has been put behind me, and another fresh one is about to start. Tomorrow.
Tonight i tried my brand new stability ball. It is very cool ( and i am sitting on it even now as i write :D )
The 20 minute routine below seems long at first sight – but i did not even notice the 18 minutes go by…. 18, not 20 – as close to the end of the video there is the relaxing phase, and i was not sure whether she was relaxing or if the video was buffering :)
Summer is coming, and it is time to get back in shape :) I started swimming in the morning – as a beginner, there is not much i can boast with: I swim some 600-800m, but i am proud of every meter :D
On the mornings that i am not swimming, i decided to continue with the quick strength workouts. And i kinda found that i am somehow more willing to try new stuff :D
Easy on the Knees Kickboxing Blend – Low Impact Cardio Workout for Beginners
I still felt some pressure on the knees though. But it’s fun :D
Leg Slimming Pilates Butt and Thigh Workout to Lift Glutes & Tone Thighs
No jumping, moderate intensity. I think it is great for a morning workout.
For buns, this one is also great – not too challenging during the workout, but i sure felt it afterwards :) The humanoid is a bit disturbing though …
P4P – butt workout
This is what i do when i have snoozed the alarm clock one too many times and i know i will get stuck in the morning rush-hour if i carry out a longer routine.
Other than her comments are a bit too much sometimes, the routine is great and quite challenging.
Total Body Toning for Beginners | Pilates Bootcamp With Cassey Ho
I hate doing cardio, but i know i have to start incorporating it into my workout routine….. so i started light :)
P.S. The above video already includes a warm-up, but i did some 5 minutes before just in case. Will know next time!
Okay, so while continuing with the challenge of the morning workout, it gets more and more interesting as it gets colder and a bit darker every day at 6 a.m… but i am not backing down. After all, a healthy mind in a healthy body, right?
Here is my Thursday routine, with great videos from FitnessBlender . Plenty to choose from, depending on the fitness level and ones preferences.
So here it is, Thursday, day 4:
Butt and Thighs Workout
Having forgot to separate the deciding from the doing – as depicted in the great article from Raptitude – i also seem to have forgotten to separate the deciding from everything else( the overthinking, the challenging the decision, the finding of excuses). So in the end, i did not continue with day 2 of the challenge, telling myself that i would do the challenge every other day. After all, it was already 8:35 pm, i had no energy, i was hungry and i wanted to eat, and then be in bed by the 22:00 pm bed time… And i had worked out for 40 minutes in the morning, so that should count for something, right?
No. I am plain lazy.