MONDAY MORNING MADNESS
This weekend I realized the importance of exercise, in all forms. Sometimes I get caught up in having to go for a run or a swim or lift in order to feel like I am burning calories, but small moments remind me that exercise opportunities are everywhere! For example, this past weekend in New Hampshire, my friend Jess and I went kayaking around Island Pond off the back of her house and I was winded 5 minutes after we left the property. I paddled and took breaks (thanks to Matt showing up with the boat)…
…and walked back onto shore with burning arms and a tired body! Just goes to show you that no matter how well you can execute one workout, it doesn’t mean that you can handle anything! Mix up those workouts, challenge different parts of your body, and teach yourself that exercise is everywhere!
Another one of these experiences was hiking. 30 minutes up Bacon Ledge to the summit was all I needed to feel like I just ran a 10K! The quick pace, uphill climb, and challenging terrain was a great way to get my muscles working without having to drag myself out for a solitary run. And hey, who gets to see a view like this halfway through their run? Even the downhill worked different parts of my legs and abs and again, I hit a chair afterwards and never wanted to get up! Yay for weekend workouts that rock your body!
While I wish I could kayak and hike everyday, my workouts are usually squeezed into the small amount of free time I have each day, and this morning was no exception. I have found that after a weekend of being a little more liberal with food, I can start the week on Monday feeling like a lump. I have figured out, however, that if I get myself up for a quick run on Monday morning, it usually washes away the crappy feeling and gets my head on straight for the week ahead. The problem is, as you can imagine, getting up on Monday after sleeping in that weekend. I will admit..I hit that snooze button twice this morning..but I somehow managed to get up, squeeze in a 4 mile run, 100 sit ups and still just make the early train to work! I now feel like a fresh week has started and I am back on track. Click here to follow the rest of my RAGNAR RELAY workout & nutrition plan for the week!