Insider Scoop On My New Workout Routine
Posted on April 29, 2016 by Amy Krasner
Let me tell you a little story about my fitness journey.
Growing up, I played 3 sports every year in high school and I took dance classes 5 days a week. In college, I played on a club lacrosse team and took swimming as an elective class. When I graduated from college, it was really hard for me to get into a regular workout routine.
In the past 4 years, I have tried so many different workouts! From yoga to Orange Theory to a Masters Swim program, I have experimented with them all. And, I have finally found a workout routine that works really well for me.
It took me a long time to figure out a workout routine that works for my health AND one that I truly enjoy. Even though I like high intensity workouts like running and HIIT (high intensity interval training), these workouts were not supportive for my health. I would leave the workouts feeling drained and for the rest of the day I was tired.
When I did ‘easier’ workouts, I wasn’t seeing the results that I was looking for. This cycle was really frustrating for me but I kept trying different things until something clicked.
My current workout routine consists of:
- Barre classes for strength and toning- (I never thought I would like barre classes but I was wrong! They are truly a full-body workout that helps with muscle tone and good posture.) Find out more about Barre classes here.
- Yoga classes for stretching, balance, and stress-reduction. Never tried yoga before? Or, can’t make it to group classes? Check out my favorite online yoga videos (click here)
- Walking and/or hiking for 30-60 minutes for cardio: this is a great way for me to connect with girlfriends and to get outside. I love the balance of having 2-3 outdoor activities per week to clear my mind and breath in some fresh air.
I now feel energized, I am seeing results, and I feel way more balanced than I have in the past 4 years.
For so long, we have been taught by society and media that in order to see results, we have to push to the limit. But, research shows that stressing out your adrenal glands (stress hormones) can cause major imbalances in your health.
Now, I am not saying that everyone should completely stop doing high-intensity exercise. However, I do think that it’s important to check in with yourself to make sure that you are doing the right exercise for YOU.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- Do I wake up feeling drained or energized?
- What are my energy levels after I workout?
- How are my energy levels later in the day after my workout?
- Am I seeing the same results that I used to from my exercise routine?
- Do I store most of my fat around my belly area?
While the main focus in my practice is nutrition coaching, I work with each of my clients to create balance in all areas of their life.
We look at other areas that NOURISH us like: exercise, relationships, career, and spirituality. These are called your primary foods. We also focus on stress management, time management and sleep. The truth is that when things are out of balance in other areas of your life, it can affect your food choices.
Make sure to check in with your exercise routine to see if this area of your health is being nourished or if it is causing other imbalances.