A few weeks ago I was sitting there trying to figure out how to shake things up. I had been really consistent with upper body work outs but I wanted to add in leg days now that my body feels up to it. I also wanted to get better with doing cardio work outs, because I wasn’t doing so great with those, and I know to reach my goals, I need to be doing more cardio.
But how was I going to make sure I got in all the work outs I need to feel balanced?
I sat down with a pen and paper and made a plan. It actually was much easier than I thought!
With this new schedule, I had 3 upper body workouts, 2 lower body, and at least 5 days of cardio.
Even though I felt like I was in good shape, I started off slow. The upper body stuff was easy because I was already doing it. I took it kind of slow with lower body. I did lighter weight and fewer reps until I got the hang of it. My work outs were shorter, but I knew that if I hit it too hard, I would be way too sore to keep going. (Don’t get me wrong, I still got sore, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as it would’ve been if I went hard and heavy!) After a few weeks of that, it was time to add in the cardio.
For me, this has been the hardest element. It has been freakishly cold here so I can’t go for a run or walk outside. This means I’ve been slogging away on a treadmill or elliptical. I hate them so much. I get so bored. But, it’s just too cold to be outside.
So, here’s what my week looks like now:
I don’t know why this loaded sideways haha! Oh well.
I’ve been working out twice a day. In the morning I’ll do weights (or if the kids are off school, I’ll sneak in some cardio some how) and then cardio in the evening. On the days I lift, I only do maybe 30 minutes of cardio, especially on leg days. Some days I may have to skip the cardio because I’m just too worn out, or just plain busy, and that’s okay. Thursday and Sunday are my wild card days. If I’m feeling up to cardio, I’ll do it, and I’ll usually do a longer, slower, easier session. If I don’t feel up to it, I take the day off.
Once it warms back up and I can get outside, the days I lift will be more HIIT days. I’ll be doing things like sprints, intervals, stuff like that. The days where I just do cardio will be a little longer and slower.
Well, that’s what I’ve been up to the past few weeks! I’ve been almost constantly sore, tired, and hungry, but I know it will eventually pass, and the results will be worth it!!!