Springtime Highs

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

One of my goals for April is to do the DAILYHIIT.COM workout each day. I do it a day behind because sometimes it isn't posted until later in the day and I like to have complete control over when I workout. So yesterday I did the workout from Sunday, which was short but oh so sweet. It was 4 minutes including constant rowing and dipping to the side. At Yoga last night I couldn't figure out why my hips and bum hurt so bad. DUH.

Yoga yesterday was at my normal gym, and while it is advertised as "hot yoga" it isn't the same as my other hot yoga classes. It was a much slower pace, and the room temp was much more reasonable than the 90+ they keep it in my other class. I enjoyed how I felt during and especially after, but I do love the challenge of my regular hot yoga class. Plus I love that we go through the same routine each class so I have been able to see HUGE progress in my poses in the only 3 weeks I've been going there. I can get pretty low in my standing bow, I never knew I had it in me.

I think I might be getting to the point where I absolutely love Yoga. I have done it on and off in the past, through my many ventures with fitness. But I always found it to be too slow, and couldn't get into the breath so I felt alienated. But now that I have had more patience with it, I can tell how my breathing affects my practice, and I can almost constantly feel my abs "locked in" as they say. It calms my mind so much, it blows my mind. I have never had a calm mind, I have a hard time going to sleep and used to dread bed time because I can't stop thinking and usually making myself feel guilty/anxious. Last night I did a yoga pose in bed that I was told calms the mind (I cannot remember what it is called...dang), and it really did help center me before bed. I might be getting the hang of this stuff!

Today my HIIT exercise was much more challenging, it was 3 rounds of 15 minutes (50 seconds work/10 seconds rest) that was composed mostly of burpees, rows, pushups, and jogging in place. It kicked my BUTT! I burned 400 calories, plus am going to hot yoga tonight which usually burns around 500. After my 2 weeks of unlimited classes is up at the yoga place I'll be cutting back to a more reasonable amount of workouts (they are expensive), but I am going to get as much in as I can between now and then.

I know this isn't a maintainable amount of exercise, but with the changing of seasons I always have a burst of energy. But it is slightly too cold still to play outside as much as I'd like. So instead I'm cleaning the house, reading a ton, and working out more than I typically would. What do you do with your spring energy?

I hope the rest of you are riding on the springtime high as well, this next month will be a true test for me. It is the same time of year that I have lost momentum in the past. It feels truly different, and instead of hoping that it is different this time, I'm going to MAKE it different.
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    DeAnne, Missourians Team
    2895 days ago
    I have the same problem with getting to sleep, sometimes I can't shut my mind off! What has helped me is to try and concentrate on my breathing, nice and slow, while laying perfectly still. When I do this I can begin to feel slight tingling in hands and feet, working its way towards my core.

    Here's hoping that you don't experience a Spring lull and that your momentum stays high and you are able to accomplish all that you have set out to do!
    2895 days ago
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