Well, hello my friends! Sorry I missed you yesterday. I got in a weird funk over the weekend and didn’t have the motivation to turn on my laptop. Sometimes you just need a few days to unplug, right? I’m trying to make a conscious effort to spend more time at home without the phone, computer, etc. I think I needed to just have a few days at home without having to be “on” for anyone.
I had a nice and easy weekend at home. My house was a complete disaster, so I spent a ton of time doing household projects I’d put off, cleaning, stocking up on groceries, etc. It sounds super boring, but it needed to be done. I always feel so much better when I feel like my life is back in order! Yeah….I was that kid in college who couldn’t sit down to study until her dorm room was spotless.
In between all the chores, I managed to get in a good run, an awesome hot yoga flow class, and walks with Bella. She wouldn’t pose for me, so instead you get a picture of her smelling another dog’s poop. Sorry.
We also got a few storms, which encouraged me to curl up on the couch and relax. I love summer storms in the afternoon, especially when I get this treat afterwards:
I made a bunch of great salads over the weekend, including my latest obsession- steak caesar salad. With parmesan toast and wine, obviously.
Yesterday, I had grand plans to hit the gym nice and early, but after waking up randomly at 2 AM and not being able to fall back asleep, I decided to take the extra time in bed. This led to last night’s workout creation…
30 Minute Living Room Workout
When I got home from work yesterday, I felt antsy from sitting at my desk all day, but wasn’t motivated enough to go out to the gym and have to shower afterwards. Do you ever had those days? Where you want to feel like you did SOMETHING, but not enough to be a sweaty mess over it? I shower in the mornings, and the idea of going through the whole shower routine twice in one day is enough to deter me from a workout. Seriously. It’s sad, but true. This is why I get up at 4:30 to work out most days.
My solution was to do what I’ll call the “sitcom workout.” I grabbed some 5 lb. dumbbells and told myself I’d watch one episode of Modern Family and move the entire time. Nothing strenuous, but just enough to make me feel like I accomplished something. This is what I ended up doing:
As many of my workouts go, I started out by winging it and ended up creating a pattern as I went through it. I took my time, so I didn’t really break a sweat, but I got to give my muscles a solid 30 minutes of effort. I finished a couple minutes early and stretched until the episode was over. I was surprised by how quickly the time went by!
Sometimes you just need a workout that doesn’t really feel like a workout, but makes you feel like you weren’t totally inactive all day. Now, if you were to use 15-20 lb. weights and power through each set, you’d probably feel it a lot more. I used really light weights and took my time, so it was a pretty low-key 30 minutes, which is exactly what I wanted.
I’m off to a much better start today, and managed to get up early for the gym. I’ve got a 30 minute run and some leg work on the agenda today, so we’ll see how it goes.
Have a good one!
What’s your favorite “low key” workout?
Do you work out while watching TV?