If you have been reading my blogs for awhile, you know how important wellness is to me, that I change my fitness routine regularly and that I’m always up for trying something new. I’ve done dance. I’ve done all cardio. I’ve done all yoga. I’ve lifted. I’ve done BeachBody. You name it and I’ve probably at least dabbled in it.
For the past year I had been really focused on lifting- wanting to broaden my shoulders and slim my thighs. It felt great to be lifting 5-6 days a week, but I was also still trying to fit in yoga, cardio and my new found love for rock-climbing. Plus, of course, working and studying; and actual life.
To say the least, these goals were becoming a little much. I loved the workouts, but I was missing out on other priorities in my life.
I was also very committed to my diet– of course, I still am– but for a few months I tried counting macros. I learned a lot (for another post), but it became tedious and time-consuming.
So a couple months ago, I quit. I quit counting my food intake. I quit worrying about keeping my calories exact and completely changed my outlook on fitness.
I don’t need to be fit. I need to be well. I want to feel good and be happy in my own skin, by doing the activities I enjoy.
I’ve said it before, but fitness is what you need it to be; what you enjoy; what motivates you to move.
Do I think we should all move our bodies every day? Yes. But that doesn’t have to be an hour long weight lifting session every day. It could be anything. I will say, weight bearing exercise is important for bone health. However, this doesn’t need to be every day or in extremes. Explore different activities and see what you like.
Today, I listen to my body. I definitely push my own limits and have a workout schedule, but I do give my body a break when it needs one and I don’t get anxiety if a workout just doesn’t happen some days. It is a major priority for me, so I do everything I can to fit it in.
My fitness regimen for now consists of:
Rock-climbing 2-3 days a week for about 2 hours each.
Yoga 2-3 times a week.
HIIT and whole body weight training 2 days a week (about 90 minutes)
I make sure to get HIIT and weights in, and work the other two around it. I also have a schedule to hold myself accountable. I get to hit all the types of exercise that my body craves, plus I get to enjoy time with my husband going climbing and to yoga class.
If time allows, we also go for walks and bike-rides, especially in the warm weather. Try incorporating active adventures into date nights and when hanging out with friends. You get to hand out and do something good for your health 😉