What my workouts look like these days

My workouts have really evolved and changed over the last couple of years. I never thought I would say this, but I’m not running anymore. My last real run was in November! In some ways that feels crazy to me, but in other ways it also feels right. I just have not had the urge to run. I know I’ll get back into it one day, but until then I’m trying not to sweat it too much (he he!) and focusing on doing other activities I enjoy.

So what am I doing?

Spin

I teach two spin classes per week from 6 – 6:45am. Monday’s is just a regular 45 minute spin class and Wednesdays is a spin bootcamp class where we get on and off the bike. When I’m teaching I definitely don’t push as hard as I would if I was actually taking the class, but I’m certainly still getting in a killer cardio workout!

Yoga

As mentioned a couple of times on the blog I have an unlimited yoga membership to the local vinyasa yoga studio. I try to go 3x per week but lately it’s been more like 2x per week. I am trying to get that number back up to 3 or even 4 though!

Fitness Blender 

I am so so glad I discovered fitnessblender.com several months ago. This website is amazing! It is packed chock full of free workouts ranging from 10 minutes to over an hour and they are all strength or cardio-strength (HIIT or Tabata style) workouts. I personally do best when I follow an actual program. In the fall I purchased the 8-week FB30 Round 3 program, where all the workouts are under 30 minutes long and I followed it twice back to back. Then just this last week I purchased the Bored Easy program and have started following it. My goal is to get in all 5 workouts per week for the next four weeks! Also my favourite part about Fitness Blender is that the workout programs are sooo inexpensive, like $15 – $25 CAD ($10 – $15 USD) for a 4-8 week program. Amazing!

Walking 

Walking has still been a huge way for me to move my body, especially as it’s been getting warmer outside. And ever since I got my FitBit Alta for my birthday last year (thanks husband!) I have been inspired to walk more and more. In December I managed to get in 12,000 steps every single day but one and I’m attempting to do so again this week. After a few very cold and very busy weeks at the end of January / beginning of February I haven’t been walking as much. I’m also so lucky that we have an incredible FREE indoor walking track here and it’s only a couple of blocks from my house. That has helped a lot for getting in my steps when the weather isn’t great.

Cross country skiing 

I only go once per week, but it’s still a super fun way to move my body and stay active during the winter months. Plus I love getting outside and getting fresh air 🙂

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Sometimes when you live in a winter climate you have to get very creative. Especially since March 1 will mark exactly 5 months since our first snowfall! That’s a lottttt of winter!

What ways have you been moving your body this winter?? 

8 Responses

  1. Kelly says:

    I don’t think I’d have the urge to run in the kind of weather you are having either LOL.

    I have always thought teaching spin would be a good way to get in a consistent work out. However, the people at my gym that go to spin are crazy and I’m not sure I could deal with it!

    I’m going to go check out that website now. I just got cleared to start doing a few work outs. I’ve been doing mostly walking this winter so far.

  2. I think it’s great that there is so much variety to your workouts. I am sure you’ll get back to running someday – this just isn’t the season for it! Plus I imagine you’d have to do more road running in FSJ, which I know you don’t love nearly as much as trail running. The important thing is that you are moving your body so whatever that looks like doesn’t really matter in my opinion! I have been doing things besides running, too. I do try to run on the treadmill twice a week but besides that I’m doing a lot of beachbody workouts (which I am loving!) and I’m working with a personal trainer so I can get as toned as possible before our wedding!

  3. NIcole says:

    Even if I wasn’t pregnant, I think I would have taken a break from running this winter. I wasn’t loving it and not looking forward to my runs so it was time to switch it up. Sounds like you are still getting great workouts in!

    I need to checkout fitness blender!

  4. this winter i’m not doing much. Biking a bit, still swimming some but even that’s starting to hurt. yoga hurts. pushups hurt. don’t really know what’s going on there.

  5. Stephany says:

    I wish I could take your spin classes! I imagine you’re a really fun instructor to follow. 🙂

    I’m hoping to join a gym next month (once I can swallow the initiation fee, haha), so I can get back to a good workout schedule. I just don’t love working out at home since my apartment is so small, and my apartment gym is TINY. I’m looking forward to having access to spin classes again, though!!

  6. Stevie says:

    I’m so impressed! It can be so hard to force ourselves to work out during these long, dark days, but you’re crushing it!

    My husband and I recently bought a house across the water from Seattle, but still work in Seattle. We commute on the ferry now and we have to walk about a mile from our house to the ferry (it’s way too expensive to drive on, and our companies both pay for our transit passes as walk-on passengers). I have been loving the brisk morning walks, even on the coldest of days. It’s been a really great way to start the day and a nice way to end it, having a leisurely walk home through town (where we can stop off at a restaurant or brewery if we feel like it) 😉

    I have discovered a great local yoga studio and am looking forward to getting into a regular routine of yoga again, even if it’s only one or two times a week.

    Keep up the great workouts!

  7. I haven’t b een. 🙁 I’ve been thinking about it a lot. I need to get moving. I feel good as soon as I do it. I have been wanting to walk and do the walk away the pounds tapes again. Just need to do it.

  8. Abby Nastase says:

    You do an incredible job staying active with variety despite your climate!

    That is so cool you are a spin instructor. That is something I wish I would have done when I got certified as a fitness instructor. (I taught a plylo class for a year…..but it was too hard on my body to keep up with that + running).

    You are right about rowing! I started doing that towards the end of my marathon training cycle, for cross training as I backed off the running. Incredible!! I could’nt last >12 min!!I think I’m going to start doing more of that once my marathon is behind me.

    Our challenge in AZ is not the winters, but the summers. It’s so hot even at 5 am – that you have to get creative. Thank God for gyms. It’s too hot for hot yoga, in my opinion. So I run REALLY earlly – cut back the distance, increase the intensity, and do more weight training at the gym!

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