I know I’ve mentioned briefly that I’ve been dealing with difficult family issues over the past few months. I’m still not ready to delve into the details (and probably never will be) but I will say that it has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever gone through. I’m generally a very a positive person and I strive to keep smiling no matter what life throws my way. But every once in a while I get stuck in a ‘funk’ and I have a hard time maintaining my smile. That’s exactly what happened this week…
I spent Wednesday and Thursday with my nose buried in my book, journaling, playing with Lionel, and seeing my friends…and, you know what? I feel so much better. Sometimes we have to let ourselves feel upset for a while before we’re able to turn around and find the positivity again. It’s a balance.
Obviously this put exercise on the back-burner and reminded me why I don’t follow a strict workout regime. I know that works for many people but it’s just not for me. I never want exercise to feel like a chore or an obligation so I’d rather just do what I feel like, when I feel like it. This week? I worked out a whopping 2 times. On Monday I created a total-body workout that left me sore for days (see below!) and on Wednesday I went on a jog/hike because I desperately needed to spend some time in the sun.
I’ve seen various 1,000 Rep Challenges floating around and have been intrigued with the idea of creating one. I know 1,000 reps sounds incredibly daunting but the way I’ve broken it up makes the workout bearable. 10 exercises, 20 reps each, 5 rounds! It kicked my booty but it was over in less than 45 minutes and I guarantee you’ll feel like a badass when you can say you completed 1,000 reps!
Rest as much as you need to between sets. Also, it’s crucial that you give your muscles adequate time to re-build after strength training sessions and that’s particularly important when you’re working your entire body. So, I suggest trying this routine when you know you’ll have a day or two to recover.
Like with diets, there is no one exercise plan that works for everyone. Some people need a strict schedule to stick to while others are better off making up their routines on a daily basis. I definitely fall into the latter group but that doesn’t make it “right”. It’s all about finding what brings you bliss.
Here’s to a weekend filled with smiles…