workouts i’m lovin

yoga: currently anything by Erin Motz. I’ve been doing her 30 day yoga challenge for the past few weeks and I’ve fallen in love with her style of teaching. Her videos are so relaxing and she has you hold poses for just the right amount, like she’s reading my mind. They’re very restorative also. She does yoga for the neck/upper back (stretches in that video have practically saved my life…) and yoga for the IT bands, which feels awesome as well, especially if you’re a runner. For a person who hasn’t done yoga in awhile, it’s also a relief to not feel pressured into turning myself into a pretzel to get a good stretch. So she is very beginner friendly and her videos are so very meditative. Love, love, love!

Since I couldn’t find it on erinmotz.com or doyouyoga.com, this is the link to the challenge that was uploaded to Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wJtQjQ4HI8&list=PLuFCRuBgKhk-cHCfmLs8R3ntdObazpxzg

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(image – http://www.erinmotz.com)

barre3: I have done most of the videos online, and even though I have my favorites, I can’t say there’s one class I have disliked/felt like I didn’t get enough bang for my buck. They’re just soooo good. So good I could do it every day (side note, I know since it’s pretty low-impact, it’s supposed to be safe to do back-to-back, but I’m a little paranoid of getting injured from overdoing it, and I personally think when you do the same exercise all the time – too much maybe – it can set you up for injury and I’m just really not willing to risk it, hence my all-over-the-place workout routine). At any rate, Barre3 has been a godsend and I feel my body changing even though I’ve only been 10 days in. I can’t wait to do some progress updates…

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(image – http://www.barre3.com)

weightlifting: I’ll admit, tonight was the first time in a damn long time I have picked up a weight. I do love lifting (nothing too intense – just free weights) but for some reason, we’ve drifted apart the last few months… I used to love creating circuits – hopefully I can find where I’ve tucked them away, that would be fun – but the below one is from Self magazine several years ago, but it’s just really good and fun and when I couldn’t think of things to do with weights, I would do this circuit and change things up a bit or add some things on so my body didn’t get used to it. I love it because they’re all combo total body moves. Working out specific body parts has never been my thing, so I like workouts that target the whole body (yoga, barre, weights…)

http://www.self.com/fitness/workouts/2006/06/toning-with-dumbbells-slideshow#slide=1

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(image – http://www.self.com)

running: I haven’t been following any running workouts per say – my main goal in running has been to just not die for the past few weeks while I’ve been able to get back into it more regularly. Trail running is my absolute favorite because it’s fun and doesn’t hurt my feet/knees as much when I have to run on the road. And cause it’s so scenic, especially this time of year (Horn Pond in Woburn, MA pictured below). Running really does always help my body transform, so I just have to be good about sticking to it (not overdoing it) to see the change I want to see. And also, must keep remembering to tape up my toes so my feet don’t become too atrocious looking…(I have invested too much moolah into nail polish!!)

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