Evening Yoga

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 :)

Enjoy :)

Workout mix

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

Thursday Workout

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:

Warm-up

 

Arms Workout

 

Butt and Thighs Workout

 

Abs Workout

 

Challenging excuses

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.

And unfit.

Grr.