I had the most shocking work week last week. Working on a project for the Government meant I was hijacked into their End of Financial Year hurricane; resulting in zero time to blog but I still managed to have a little fun with a fairly full social calendar!
What gets you up and out the door in the morning for your early workout?
I know not everyone does their exercise in the morning, but for me if I don’t get it done before I go to work, chances are pretty slim that I’ll get it done later in the day. Exercise guru Michelle Bridges always says that it doesn’t really matter when you workout, as long as you do it, but it’s better to do it first thing in the morning before “life” gets in the way. I agree!
I get up in the morning for 2 reasons;
because my love of food means I have to workout.
because I have a little dog named Harley who needs to go for a run before we leave him for the day, otherwise we’d come home to a house destroyed!
I’m lucky that I live in a beautiful suburb where my morning jog is along the gorgeous Sydney harbour. I don’t take my iPod because I love the early morning quiet. It’s just a time to detox from the busy city life.
Here are my top tips to make getting up at the crack of dawn just a little bit easier:
go to bed early. It’s almost impossible to get up at 5.30am if you’ve only had 6 hours sleep. I make sure I’m tucked away in bed by 10.30pm. That means that the TV is off by 9.30pm!
layout your workout gear before going to bed. It’s way easier to fumble around in the dark (and the cold in winter) when your stuff is on the floor next to your bed.
prep your breakfast and lunch the night before. That way your when your workout is over, you’ve had a shower and gotten ready for work, your breakfast is easily prepared and you can grab your lunch and head out the door. On schedule!
have a backup plan so if it’s raining you can still workout; at the gym, with a workout DVD in your lounge room or like me, out the door in a raincoat!
Hope this helps you on your workout tomorrow!!! And I’ll leave you with a few photos of the views I enjoy on my early morning workout adventures…
I’ve got this annoying achilles tendon issue that just won’t go away. I’ve been dealing with it on & off for about 4 months and it’s so frustratingly painful.
That really has nothing to do with my WOW post but it’s just front & centre in my mind (and body) at the moment so I thought I’d share with you…since we’re friends and all!
After not having done a Kettlebell workout in quite some time (the kettlebells were hiding in our storage cage. Out of sight, out of mind!) I thought I’d break them out of hiding for a session in the park this morning.
After listening to a non-animal-loving-fascist berate me for not having Harley on a leash, we got down to it!
Swing – 3 sets x 20 reps
Squat – 3 sets x 20 reps
Windmill – 2 sets x 20 reps
Round the world – 4 sets x 15 reps [all demo photos by Beth Bischoff via WomensHealthMag.com]
**Finish off with Abs & stretching
It really gets the heart rate up and the sweat pouring; everything you want from a morning workout!
And to cap it all off, 12WBT (assuming this is Michelle Bridges’ support crew) replied to my tweet!
I’m not particularly happy with my performance this past week.
I had great workouts but I slacked off with counting my calories half-way through the week and although I didn’t binge on bad food, I’m sure I did exceed my 1200 calories during a couple of days…I’ll have to see how it pans out on the scales on Weigh-in-Wednesday.
5km jogging with Jay & Harley. I love love love my running track!
Strength workout at the gym:
10 min warmup on the Xtrainer
5 sets x 15 reps Legpress 60Kgs
3 sets (per leg) single leg lunges x 15 reps holding 15kg barbell
3 sets (per leg) single hamstring/glute extenders x 15 reps 25kgs
3 sets x 15 reps chest press 20kgs
3 sets x 15 reps overhead shoulder press 7.5kgs
3 sets x 20 reps bicep curls 17.5kgs
3 sets x 20 reps tricep dips
3 sets x 15 reps back rows 25kgs
stretching & roller
Boxing workout in the park with Jay as my trainer! (boxing drills, foot work, head movement, pyramid circuit, combos & sparring.)
4km jog with Harley.
A session with my Personal Trainer Joe at the gym. I recorded a lot less calories than usual because my Polar played up and stopped working for about 10 minutes…Joe smashes us (Jay works out with me) and we did a huge arm workout followed by the most awfully intense Ab workout. My abs are still sore…
I wasn’t feeling well, so I didn’t achieve Super Saturday 1000 calorie burn….I just went for a long walk with Harley around the beautiful harbour.
And on the seventh day, she rest!
Harley & me waiting for Jay to come home from his camping trip…
Hope you all had a great week & are looking forward to achieving something awesome this week!