I’ve got a WAY busy morning ahead of me, starting in about 15 minutes. I’m talking nonstop client training until about 1:00 this afternoon. Lucky for me I’ve got my breakfast packed an 8 hours of shut eye under my belt.
Perhaps I’ll get a workout in afterward. Perhaps not! We’ll see if I have time. Which brings me to today’s topic…
In other words, what’s my recipe for a complete, balanced, delicious, fitness routine.
You guys know I love working out. I love it so much I made it my job! Yet, believe it or not, it’s not my #1 priority. In fact, I put a few things ahead of getting in a good workout. In order to have a good synergistic effect in my fitness, I need the following ingredients:
My Synergistic Fitness Stew
Serves: 1 happy, fit Paige
Time: a lifetime
Ingredients: Just 7!
Few other life stressors.
I say other, because like any other stressful event in life, workouts are stress for our body. Sure, it’s the kind of stress that our body adapts to and then gets healthier and stronger, but it’s stress nonetheless. I will skip a workout(s) if I have a couple other major stressors going on OR if I feel like I’m coming down with something.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again: I value sleep more than exercise. It’s so important to get adequate sleep for our bodies to repair its cells (from said workouts) and achieve good hormonal balance. If that’s not in order, an intense workout will make it even worse. If it’s an ongoing thing, then I’ll do something light like an outdoor walk or some moderate yoga.
Yep, in order for my fitness stew to be perfect, I need a little sweat. I prefer to add this in through sprints or a heavy leg day or spin class – just 1-3 times a week
I also need to have workouts where I don’t sweat. Sweat once a day is not a mantra I use. In a lot of my workouts (said walks and yoga class, and even moderate elliptical or bike) I don’t feel the need to sweat. You don’t need to be red-faced and sweaty for it to be a good workout.
I love working out, so if I’m not enjoying exercise, I know something is majorly wrong. I make sure to keep the enjoyment factor high by sprinkling in outdoor activity, workouts that challenge me, and group activities.
This sort of goes along the lines of of ingredient numero uno, but if I a day packed from sun up to sun down, I get way too stressed to try and squeeze in a workout. This is usually a case of "if it happens it happens, if it doesn’t, there’s tomorrow."
This means not only a good ratio of macros, but enough of them, and with them delivering quality nutrients to my cells.
OK I lied. There’s 8 ingredients. One more, crucial piece to the proverbial fitness
Take all of the ingredients and mix well. Apply to attitude toward fitness and work it out!
What are the ingredients in your fitness synergy stew?
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