As we move on to July, I want to switch gears a little bit and propose another challenge. My original plan was to focus on lifting plans this month, however, there is a week I will be on vacation, so I’m saving those for August so we can all enjoy them together!! I get a lot of requests for food journals or diet plans, so along with the lifting plans, I want to share some nutritional information as well, so look forward to those!!
For this month, I really want you to focus on mentally recharging. We are so used to pushing our bodies hard that sometimes we don’t focus enough time or energy on training our brain. When the mind isn’t in it, the body usually isn’t in it either. Last month we hit it hard with the #BeastetteChallenge – which was awesome, however, I want you to understand how important it is to spend some time switching gears, and appreciating the down time too. For this I encourage you to set some time aside each day to digital detox – log off, power down the electronics, and spend time practicing yoga, stretching, or sitting down with some tea and a good book!! I really enjoyed Adriene’s 30 Days of Yoga, so I will start or end each day to follow along with those videos. My daily posts will have a direct link to the video.
Now for those of you that want daily workouts, or want to know what I will be doing to stay active, I will be sharing my plan the day before, just as I did this past month. I find peace in the great outdoors and running is mentally refreshing for me, so I will be focusing on cardio sessions as well as creating daily AMRAP circuits – think short but intense and still getting the HIIT fix!! Remember, I will be sharing what I am going to do – do some of it, none of it, or all of it. Maybe cardio isn’t your thing – double up the circuits and do each 2x through instead. Make it your workout and have fun with it!! The ultimate goal is to really focus on balance and enjoying everything that your bodies can do!! #MindBodyBalance #TrainingForLife
MIND, BODY, BALANCE : DAY #8
Motivation : Today marks the first day of our family vacation!! We are traveling up to Northern MN to stay in a cabin for a week. It is beautiful up there!! I will take tons of pictures and share them on Instagram (@smileykels) so make sure to follow along with me there. I can’t wait to get out on the trails and take my workouts outside. Since today involves a lot of time in the car, I am taking today as an “active rest day.” I’m sure I will need to stretch my legs, so today’s cardio will be a nice walk or bike ride followed by some ab work. If I am feeling frisky and wake up early enough, I might start of the day with yoga to set my intentions for the day. My motivation for you today is to set a plan for the day – what do you want to accomplish today? By having a plan in place, you are more likely to stick to what you set out to achieve. If things don’t work out exactly as you planned, that’s OK!! Don’t beat yourself up about it….shake it off….tomorrow is a brand new day 🙂
Today’s Workout :
CARDIO : Walk or bike for 30-40 minutes
**Set a timer for 7 minutes and perform the exercises listed below, continuously until time runs out. Rest for 30-60 seconds. Reset your timer for 7 minutes and repeat.
YOGA : Day 8 “Yoga for Healing & Meditation” with Adriene