In the middle of taking a Body Pump class this morning, I realized just how much I enjoy it as part of my weekly workout routine. My mind continued to wander to other forms of exercise that I enjoy and what I would consider to be my perfect week of workouts. I’m not someone who likes to do the exact same workouts every week (boring!), and most weeks end up being a little different depending on my schedule, but here’s what I consider the best workout week for me right now:
Running – 2 days
When I’m not training for a race, I like to include two days of running into my week. One day is devoted to a long run (6+ miles), and the other day is a speed or interval workout at a much higher intensity. My mind and body like the variety without overdoing it.
Body Pump – 2 days
My goal is always to attend two Body Pump classes each week. Sometimes it happens; sometimes it doesn’t. I know what Body Pump does for my body, so I really try to stick to two classes per week. I love muscles!!
Yoga – 1 day
I know that I need yoga in my life, so I make it a priority in my weekly schedule. Regular practice benefits me mentally, physically, and emotionally. I actually don’t think I could go a week without it!
Fun – 1 day
Once a week, I like to try to incorporate a fun workout into my routine— such as hiking with friends, taking a long walk with Murphy, hitting golf balls at the driving range, playing a game of Cornhole, or any other activity that I do just for the fun of it. Basically, any activity that doesn’t seem like exercise.
Rest – 1 day
Just a quick note: What I consider to be a perfect workout week is what I enjoy to do and works best for me. It’s also quite a bit different from what I did when I was just starting out with exercise. Overtime, I’ve built up to this schedule. In the future, I’m sure my weekly routine will change as my goals and interests change.
What’s your perfect workout week?
Today’s lunch started with a bowl of leftover Sweet and Spicy Chicken with Soba Salad.
And then I moved onto a smoothie made with frozen blueberries, chia seeds, flaxseeds, almond milk, vanilla protein powder, and a big scoop of almond butter. Mmm! I must say, I am a master at smoothie-making!
I also snacked on a few Flourless Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies because I am the Cookie Monster! (Rule No. 39: “Eat all of the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.”)
And here’s a cute photo of Murphy just because.
The pug is waiting patiently for me on the front porch to take him for a walk. I better boogie!