Today I’m going to write about one of my favorite activities to do: WORKOUT! I just love it, but I know that not everyone has the same passion. Plus, let’s be honest…it’s not always easy for me to get my workout in either. Sometimes I need to push myself out the door too 🙂
Here is why I love working out (I hope that these reasons resonate with or motivate you too!):
- To keep my stress levels in check. I’ve become a lot better at reigning in my stress in my older age (haha, I’m 28). I know working out has a lot to do with it. I completed a very intense accelerated nursing program, essentially nursing school in one year with few breaks during that year. This could’ve been a very stressful period of my life + I was super time crunched. I still worked out 5x a week because it helped me manage the stress. I would study really hard all morning and then treat myself to an afternoon workout. Through my first year of nursing (which is stressful in its own right, I just finished my nurse residency program!), I held myself to the same workout schedule. It’s science, working out helps manage stress levels. So if you feel like a stress ball, get moving!
- To be healthy. I love my body and what it can do. I want to keep it healthy and treat it well because it is the only one I will ever get. Health is near the top of my priority list, and that means working out is a must. I feel great + have a lot of energy and working out is a piece of that puzzle.
- To be happy. If I’m ever having a “bad” day, feeling overwhelmed, or just not myself…this is my answer! I was just talking to a girlfriend that had recently snapped at her boyfriend (whoops), she just had to get on her road bike and get it out of her system. It can really change your day around and get you back on the right state of mind (she apologized). Happens to the best of us, it’s easy to be negative or impatient with our favorite people…but, if I’m working out and sleeping enough it helps my heart to be softer towards others.
- To look good. I’ll say it, I want to look good in a bikini! I want to look my best and working out is one way that I can positively contribute to my goals and confidence. Whether your goal is to fit into some old clothes that are now too small or to wear sleeveless tops, think about it and let it get you out the door.
- To grow friendships. If you follow me on Instagram (@ameskiefer) or checked out my workout buddies post, you know I love to catch a workout with friends/family/my husband. My runs with my friend Carrie are a weekly event, and it gives us time to decompress and catch up with each other. She has such a great perspective and each time it’s an uplifting experience. Plus she knows about trails and routes that I don’t, and I love running in different places. I have a ton of friends that love being active, so there is always someone that wants to run, hike, bike, practice yoga, etc. Chances are you know people like this too, so don’t be afraid to suggest something active.
What do I do when I don’t feel like working out? As “they” say, the hardest part of the workout is getting yourself out the door. I say to myself, Amy are you sure you won’t regret this? Are you sure you aren’t just being a little dramatic right now? I talk to myself more than the average person, that much I’m sure of 🙂 Typically I just head out the door before I can make another excuse or waste more time watching a pointless show. It’s crazy what we make time for in our lives vs. what we skip because we “don’t have the time”. Maybe a good point for you to self-reflect on?
I thought it would be great to give everyone an idea of what my typical workout week looks like. Here is how this week has played out and what I have scheduled for the rest of the week:
Amy’s Workout Week (March 30th edition)
Monday: 5 mile run with my friend Carrie. Loved it, felt great, + time goes fast with her.
Tuesday: Upper body lift. I trained chest, back, biceps, and triceps.
Wednesday: Lower body lift. I trained glutes, quadriceps, and hamstrings. I really had to push myself out the door for this, but I knew I wanted to save the rest day for the next day + I had already planned my workouts out!
Thursday: REST. I was going into my 4th work night in a row + it was a 12 hour shift. I typically plan my rest day for a day where it makes a lot of sense to rest, that way I’m not putting myself in a crazy time crunch.
Friday: Hot yoga. Namaste! Can’t wait to send myself into the weekend with a hot flow. Hot yoga has now become a treat (partially since husband thinks is crazy expensive, haha). It’s a date because I’m meeting a friend or two!
Saturday: 3 mile run with my husband Drew. We have a tough route planned with 2 enormous hills. I love running time with him too! When we first started dating he would really try to impress me with his running prowess 🙂
Sunday: Bike ride with my friend Kelly (+possibly her dad). I’m new at road biking, and so I want to ride with some experienced people…that way I can learn the ropes and get more confident on my bike.
Next week will look a little bit different, but essentially I want to make sure I’m weight training 2-3x a week, cardiovascular training 2-3x, and hopefully squeezing in a yoga session. I’ll be posting soon on what to do if you are a beginner! As you cannot go from zero to sixty right away. Look for that next week!
I hope everyone has a great weekend! Drew and I have some exciting things planned. The Badger Final Four with friends is definitely at the top of the list, so nervous already! 🙂