Yesterday was what I think will be a pretty typical day this month. Since the rotation I’m doing is pretty much working on my own time, I don’t have to be anywhere during the day! I’ll spend the day working on my project, working on the case study I’m writing about gallbladders, working out, and napping. Have I mentioned I love being a 4th year?
I got started yesterday morning by blogging, catching up on emails, and printing out about 20 research papers for the case study I’m writing.
Obviously I needed some fuel for all that typing, so I had a bowl of greek yogurt, peaches, oats, and almonds.
For a few hours of the morning, I sat outside in my front lawn going through all the research papers. It was sunny with a light breeze, not a cloud in the sky. I try to be cautious about sun exposure and always wear sunscreen, but I’ve been lamenting the fact that I have NO summer tan whatsoever this year. Well yesterday I got some excellent tan lines. Mission accomplished!
For lunch I decided to make a smoothie. I feel like this summer has been seriously lacking on the smoothie front. A large reason for that is the fact that I ran out of protein powder and have been avoiding buying any because whenever I go into a health food store I end up spending $100. But I finally replenished my vanilla whey and whipped up a smoothie with 1/2 banana, spinach, and almond milk.
It hit the spot! Along with the smoothie I had 1/2 a quest bar. With all the halves of quest bars I munched on yesterday, I think I probably ate 2.5 total bars. I just can’t be trusted around those cookie dough ones!
After getting some work done and reading way too much about gallbladders, it was time to workout. This brings me to the actual point of this post:
I have exercise A.D.D.
I really struggle finding a certain workout routine and committing to it. I could never stick to the schedule that comes with my workout DVD sets. Even when I decide on a workout for the day, I second guess myself. I’ll be in the middle of a run and think, “maybe I should have lifted weights today?” or “maybe I should stop running and go to spinning class?”
It’s kind of ridiculous.
Even though I’m all over the place with types of workouts, I’ve become pretty content with at home workouts lately. I use my treadmill all the time. I go running outside multiple times a week. And I have found a set of at home workout DVDs that I LOVE.
Here are my favorites:
Turbo is a high intensity cardio class ranging from 15 minute HIIT workouts to longer 55 minute classes. Chalene is the most energetic, motivating person ever and the classes are ALWAYS fun. I burn a ton of calories and enjoy myself whenever I turbo.
In fact, last night I was just not feeling like doing a workout at all. I was tired and so not into it. So I turned on Turbofire 45 and half-assed it for the first 15 minutes. But after that, my energy was up and the rest of the class flew by. I was huffing and puffing by the end.
Insanity is an INSANE cardio conditioning workout. I just about die every time I do an insanity workout. I love that it mixes hard core cardio with some body weight resistance training- push-ups, etc. I don’t think I could do insanity every day though… it’s more of a 1-2 times a week deal for me. You people that do it daily are rockstars!
3. Chalene Extreme
Again, I’m obsessed with Chalene. I want to be her… doesn’t everyone? This is a strength training program that emphasizes using heavy weights which I love. I don’t do Chalene Extreme every day because I end up missing cardio too much. But, the workouts are between 35-45 minutes long, so you could add in some cardio and still not workout much longer than an hour.
4. The Ultimate Yogi
This is the new yoga DVD set I got and I really love the workouts. My only issue is that they’re long! Each class is over an hour. If you commit to doing yoga that day, there isn’t much time for anything else.
I am a huge work out at home advocate because as busy as we all are, this gives you the ability to fit in a workout whenever you want to. It’s also (at least for me) more motivating to do a DVD when I’m tired. After a long day at work, the last thing I want to do is go to the gym and hop on the boring elliptical. I’m much more likely to do a DVD at home.
Each of these DVD sets comes with a 3-4 month schedule for you to follow. But with my exercise A.D.D. there is no way I could commit to just one of these programs! Is that bad?
I think for now, a few days of Turbo, a few days of weight lifting, an insanity class, a long run, and some yoga make for the perfect workout week 🙂
What’s your workout routine?
How do you stick to a plan?
Have you tried these DVDs?