What's up Wednesday?
Monday, I was feeling pretty run down. Instead of doing my usual workouts, I skipped the cardio, did an upper body strength workout and called it a day. Miraculously, I felt 10x better on Tuesday. It never gets easy to remember that slowing down helps the body get stronger and faster.
We're now on week 2 of Tina's Best Body Bootcamp, which lasts 8 weeks.
I was excited when Tina originally offered bootcamp for just $25 several months back, but I was in the midst of marathon training and doing plenty of my own strength, speed and circuit work. This time, however, I thought it would be a fun way to change up my strength routine at an affordable price and you have the opportunity to win prizes and connect with other bootcampers via the facebook group.
During bootcamp, in addition to doing the workouts, I'm focusing on a few health/wellness goals:
1) eat minimal to no processed foods
2) write more in my journal and
3) get enough sleep (but that's hard to do with the Olympics on right now).
It's crazy what happens when you tell yourself something or write it down and make a commitment.
The hardest exercise so far of our workouts has been hands down, the one leg sit stand.
The video below shows it pretty well, but after doing three sets of 12 on one leg before switching to the other side, you can just feel your butt and inner thighs shaking. I can tell this is also great for strengthening the knee stabilizing muscles so hopefully I keep this one in the rotation after bootcamp is over.
Since I no longer have a radio in my car, if I want to listen to music or the radio, I bring my ipod.
A few days ago I downloaded some recent episodes of This American Life and Radiolab. And then I found the Strong, Sexy & Stylish podcasts via Sally McGraw (Already Pretty) whose fashion/body blog I read.
On my bike ride to work yesterday, I listened to a great one on body snarking. I highly recommend it.
It brought me back to my women and gender studies classes and the continuous thoughts I have about my body or others'. It's a good reminder to keep that in check and focus on the positive.
Do you have a favorite podcast? The hardest exercise or strength move you've ever done?
On an Olympic note, what's your favorite sport? I can't get enough of the diving, swimming and gymnastics.