Fitness Friday (2)

Work(out) for 6 days – rest for 1 day… or rather the other way round.

Yeah, perhaps it wasn’t the best idea to start the program right before a busy weekend, but if that’s the bar then I’d never start.

So, last week I successfully started into the first 2 days of the program and then arrived Saturday. I didn’t feel like working-out in the morning and I didn’t get back to even think about it for the rest of the day.

The same can be said for Sunday.

Monday came and my allergies hit me bad. So no morning run that day and unfortunately for the rest of the week. BUT, instead I slipped in a yoga workout. Nothing too strenuous, but some nice exercise that got my circulation running.

There is a saying that anything you keep for three weeks in a row becomes a regular habit.

So, currently I’m taking back with running for another  few weeks. Hopefully no longer than 3 weeks and I’ll keep to yoga and the 30 day Shred instead. I’m also considering going to the gym, because that would give me the possibility to workout and not having to spend any time outside that is longer than 20 minutes (my recent tolerance level).

Any tips you’d like to share about working out with allergies?

Sweaty

I have to admit something.

I love hanging around for up to an hour in my running gear AFTER I’ve run. Yeah, I know that sounds gross, but I take about that time to competely cool down. If I shower immediately after finishing my workout I’ll end up getting hot flushes. And my muscles will be a lot sorer, too.

So, that’s the deal. When I come back from a run, I’ll stretch or sometimes slip in a stretch yoga session which takes another 30 minutes. Then I’ll upload the data into the computer and edit the workout in dailymile.com. In the meantime I drink about half a litre sparkling mineral water.

Sometimes Most of the time I end up reading some blogs and checking the news and emails. Then I’ll be ready to take a shower…

Any routines that you’ve developed before or after your workouts?

First times

Well, with the new energy I was talking about yesterday I ventured outside bright and early this morning to do my first run ever this year.
Yes. I’m one of those runners who run  from March to October depending on the weather. I got myself some running gear last year so I could run through winter, but I never did. I did a lot of other activities though, but that’s part of another post.

So this morning was the first time of the year and I am so thankful I did go. It was a super slow run and I felt crappy for almost the entire time. I only got as far as 2 miles. Super lame as I ran more than 6 miles last summer, but you gotta start somewhere. So here are the statistics. You’ve got to double the distance as I had some problems with my Garmin…

You can see the messed up pace...
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I’m allright with the stats. As I write this, I’ve calmed down and I’m feeling really good, like really post-run good. So it was worth it. And I suppose I’ll recharge my super old mp3 player to take along next time…

I’m planning on running two to three times a week. Just as long as my allergies allow and then we’ll see and I have decided that come next fall I’ll get myself a gym to go to. There won’t be any more messing with training because of winter!

Have a wonderful day…

On healthy Living – Part 2

This post was originally written in April 2010. It’s part of the series of posts I wish more people had read and which I will repost during my absence…

You can read Part 1 here.

On my search for the perfect sports I read lots of “sports” magazines. I had tons of them lying around in my room. Some were mere crap, some were nice, but all had one thing that really got on my nerves. My main goal for them was to become fit, get myself off the sofa and start moving. I didn’t have any spare pounds to loose. But the more I read those magazines, the more I became aware that the main goal of these so-called sports magazines was to promote ever new diets.

Hello? Does sports have anything to do with diets?

I’d say yes and no. I acknowledge that most people are not content with their weight for healthy or other reasons. And I’d also say that a diet can help to loose weight, but for me being fit and healthy doesn’t have anything to do with being skinny. I haven’t been moving my body for years and yet I stayed skinny. Every winter I’d wish for some spare pounds to make me more robust against the cold. I think that there are a lot of people who are more healthy than I am though they might have one or two pounds “too much”.

In my opinion healthy living is a combination of what you eat and what you do. You can’t do one diet after the other, but not do any sports and expect to be healthy. On the other hand, I also don’t think it’ll work, if you’re doing sports as hell, but continue to live off fast food.

So, here’s the deal I’ve made with myself: I’m doing lots of sports, actually, after working out for the last (very discplined) three months I’ve got my sixpack back, already at the end of March. I’m eating healthy throughout the week, but I allow myself to skip this on weekends. I also tried some meat dishes which I really enjoyed and I’m now even eating meat once in a while.

However, this turning of my life has cost me discipline – LOTS OF DISCIPLINE. And I consider myself rather disciplined in everyday life. But I came to think a lot about what I consume every day and I now eat deliberate. I try to put as much variation into food as possible.

I don’t know what you’re thinking about healthy living and sports, but I’d really like to know…

Thanks for reading

On healthy living – Part 1

This post was originally written in April 2010. It’s part of the series of posts I wish more people had read and which I will repost during my absence…

Have you ever made a diet? Well, I haven’t and though most of you will now think “lucky girl”, I don’t know if I’m really THAT lucky. You’re asking why? Let me tell you.

I’ve been more or less vegetarian since I was a child. Not because my parents didn’t give me meat, simply because I didn’t like it. Like other kids hate broccoli, I hated meat. When my mom went to the butcher’s and the shop assistant asked if I liked a “Gelbwurst” (German sausage), I’d decline asking instead for a piece of cheese. The fact that I was not eating meat was extremly difficult to understand for my grandparents as they both worked in a butcher’s.

However, my mom never forced me into eating what I didn’t like as long as I ate healthy and balanced. Of course, I was regularly checked by a doctor who said I was perfectly fine. However, my not eating meat always kept me on the lower levels of the BMI. I was very skinny, yes I admit and I am still very skinny. That’s why throughout my life people meeting me always thought I was pretty sporty and fit.

But I wasn’t. I liked sports and went to a gymnastics class during my childhood. Later, I started horseback-riding, but stopped this when I was in High School. Around 16, I practically didn’t do any sports at all. Still, I continued to stay skinny. Therefore I didn’t see any reason why I should get my body moving. At the age of around 20 my back started aching. At first, it was only once in a while, but then the pain grew worse. There would be days when I barely moved (not the best thing to do…) because the pain was so heavy.

That’s when I seriously started yoga. I’ve been practising it once in a while since I was 14, but I never had the discipline to keep it on a regular basis. Additionally, I went to physiotherapy. They diagnosed “non-existend” back muscles… It was a hard way back into the sports community, but now I can say it’s worth it.

Since then I’ve started different sports, that I can practise depending on the season: Swimming and running in summer, Yoga throughout the year and this winter I started snowboarding which I really enjoyed. I’m almost crazy about moving myself regularly. When I don’t get to do anything for more than three days my back still aches and I start feeling really echy, but it’s gotten a lot better…

Read part 2 here.

Currently

What I’ll be doing the next 2 and a half week:

I’ll be enjoying the warmth and sun of Miami, but not only for pleasure. Some months ago, I applied for a Yoga Teachers certification course and I got accepted. I was so thrilled and November (I got the confirmation in May) seemed so far away. But now it’s finally here.

While you’re reading this post I’ll be on the plane on my way to Miami and for the next 14 days I’ll be practicing asanas (yoga postures), meditation and how to teach yoga. Afterwards, I’ll have another 4 days to go sight-seeing in Miami. As I’ve never been there I’m really excited.

For the time being I’ve decided to re-post some old posts that were very popular or that I’ve been asked questions about. I’ll be back to posting in December.

Have a great time!