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 #23
Motivation : Own your power. Most of us have a lot more power in any given situation than we realize. We choose what we think about, we choose how to interpret events and we assign meaning to our lives. The point of choosing is now…now…now. Every moment, each interaction is a chance to own your life and decide what direction you want to go in. You are either moving toward your goals and your life is on purpose or you are wandering in the dark. There are only two paths and no matter which you are on in this moment it is the result of the choices you have made. The difference between feeling powerful and powerless comes down to owning it. The difference between being helpless and helpful in effecting change in your life is owning it. Drifting is a painful place to be. It hurts the soul to be wasting the gift of life. This pain can cause a paralysis – and infection of the spirit called procrastination. But eventually the pain becomes so great, the discomfort of sitting on your ass when you should be living becomes so overwhelming that its actually more painful to do nothing than to step up and take a chance on yourself. So if you are not where you want to be in life then stand up, look at the path that you are on and vote with your feet. Own every step moving forward. Climb those mountains, move the quest of your life forward. Take a deep breath and own it. ~Repost courtesy of BodyRock.tv
Today’s Workout :
CARDIO : YOUR CHOICE
HIIT PYRAMID :
HOW IT WORKS : Begin by performing 20 reps of each of the four exercises listed below. For the next set, you will perform 19 reps of each exercise. Continue repeating this pattern by reducing one rep each round, until you work your way down to 1 rep of each exercise in the final round. Challenge yourself by going as fast as you can with proper form -set a timer and record your score. **BONUS CHALLENGE : Upon completion of the pyramid, perform 8 rounds of (50/10) skipping, sprints, or your choice of cardio.
1. Weighted Lunges or Jumping Lunges
2. Weighted Squats
4. Sandbag/Kettlebell Swings
YOGA : Day 23 “Freedom & Forgiveness” with Adriene