Working out is hard. Or more accurately for me, consistency is hard. And yet, at least for me, it is so necessary. If nothing else, it is necessary for my sanity (crazy, anxious lady alert!) We are made up of three parts, mind, body and spirit. I believe that all of those are of equal importance, and without one, the other two are not as strong as they could be. Think three legged stool. Take one out, the whole thing falls down. Analogy is courtesy, again, of my smart mama. Somehow, in the busyness of life, our body often seems to get pushed to the side. Oh, and PS- I am well aware that that is a totally unrealistic picture of me working out with my hair down ;)
In 1st Corinthians 6:19-20, St. Paul writes, "Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies." We were bought at a price y'all. Our Heavenly Father thinks we are worth it. So shouldn't we return a fraction of that effort?
So I usually keep a pretty good schedule of going to the gym, for two reasons. One, I try to stay in shape because I think that it is important(See above Bible verse.) Two, stress reliever. I'm not one of those people that can just walk outside and run like a million miles. As a matter of fact, I am pretty much the worst at long distance. But when I get anxious or stressed, there is nothing that calms me down quite like a good tough workout.
This year, though, I truly wanted to challenge myself. I mentioned a few posts back about signing up for a 12 mile Spartan race this Summer. And friends...I am scared. I've got little arms over here! And it's less than 6 months away. SOOO, I figured, I better kick it into gear. I'm going to be including some of my workouts here, so feel free to follow along!
Disclaimer: Nothing here is rocket science, or new stuff. If you don't know how to do them, best bet is just to google them! They are all pretty common and will pop right up. If there is something you're unsure about, please feel free to comment or shoot me a message. These are combinations that I put together, and that work for me. If you're just starting, start at a level that works for you!!! Just remember, doing something is better than doing nothing :)
Today's workout/Cardio & Abs:
- Run 1 mile to warm up.
- Abs X 100, 10 crunches, 10 bicycle crunches, 10 russian twists, 10 crunches, 10 second side plank right, 10 second side plank left, 10 regular plank, 10 reverse crunches, 10 bicycle crunches, 10 crunches
- 5 minutes of 30 second on, 30 second off jump roping.
- Stretch (super important!)
I would love to hear y'all's favorite workouts, and what works best for you! Send them my way :)