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Avoiding Burnout.

In exercise, Fitness, Running on September 11, 2012 at 8:05 pm

That’s right!

Some questions to consider:

  1. Has physical performance declined?
  2. Decreased appetite?
  3. Increased injuries or sprains?
  4. No motivation?
  5. Elevated resting heart rate?
  6. Are you bored when exercising?

It’s either one of two things (or possibly a little of both), you’re overtraining or you’re burnt out. If you can answer yes to those first few things, you’re overtraining. Especially if you engage in high levels of exercise, high intensity, duration, etc… I’m constantly having to remind myself that it’s ok to rest. That’s the key to overtraining, rest. Your body needs adequate rest between exercising, especially high-intenisty ones.

But how can you avoid burn out? Answer: cross-train. I’ve come to love cross-training, it’s what brought me back to running. Cross-training is perfect, especially if you work out at the gym most days.

For cardio, try 10 minutes on the elliptical, 10 on the treadmill, and 10 on the stairclimber. Now you have 30 minutes of cardio taken care of! 🙂 Play an actual sport. You don’t have to be perfect at it. A favorite of mine? Tennis. Replace a run with a tennis game every now and then. Cross-training can change by seasons as well. Focus on swimming during the summer months, cycling during the fall, skiing/running in the winter. Whatever you love! Take a new class at your local gym. Bodypump classes are a great way to get in strength training if you find machines boring or are intimidated by free weights. The instructors are great and will familiarize you with the equipment needed. You can also burn up to 600 calories in an hour. Take a spin or yoga class. If you love cycling or running (like myself) hit up the trails! Make mother nature your gym.

My love of cross-training is why I started doing CrossFit workouts. Every day is different. While the format remains similar, the intensity, weight, duration, & movements change daily.

Avoid the “bored as hell” stage (as I call it – sorry mom!) and switch it up. Your body will thank you.

My favorite form of cross-training.

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Motivational Monday

In CrossFit, Fitness, Traveling on September 10, 2012 at 6:09 pm

And your excuse is??

I don’t know who this little boy is, but he is quite adorable. Makes our excuses seem so lame, right? Hope you find time to be active today, even if it’s just taking a walk. Get moving, we all start somewhere!

WOD & Strength done for the day! Like my “box” 😉 Week 3 of WOD has started.

So, I did hit 1000 squats for last week. Go me! Going to shoot for push-ups this week, because I strongly hate need to become better at them. I mean really, I just don’t like them. I’m not good at them, they hurt, no bueno. And yes, I realize now that my picture above says “7 butlers” thanks iPhone for that. I’m so tired, I didn’t even catch it. Supposed to be ‘burpees’. Once again, Jess @ blondeponytail provided the upper body workout. The awesome thing about this workout is the shoulders are firing constantly. I don’t know if you can read that upper picture, but it was:

Push-up to ‘T’, Thrusters, Walking plank, Hand-release push-ups, High-pull lawnmower –10 reps, 5 sets.

What’s fueling you?

Vitalye & GNC GenetixHD Meta-Ignite

I’m a firm believer in supplements if you are willing to put the work in. Sadly, there is no  magic diet pill.

I know this is way off fitness topic. But I will be flying in a few months with my daughter, by myself. She is 2 1/2. You can imagine my concern and I’ve actually flown with her before. It wasn’t good, it was exhausting. I understand why people don’t like kids on planes, but I feel I deserve to spend time with my family over the holidays just like you do. Driving cross-country by myself just isn’t really an option with a child (I mean, it is, but would you want to drive 3,000 miles by yourself?) Exactly. Sooooooo, last time we flew, she was in my lap. I’m buying her a seat this time and I’m strongly considering a car seat. I know I will have to lug it around, but if it means more security and keeps her strapped in for 4 hours, I’m all for it. Has anybody flown with car seats before? Best brands? I like the Eddie Bauer/Safety 1st boosters. But just don’t know. I will be contacting the airline once I buy our tickets to ask but thought I’d ask for feedback. This mom would appreciate ANY advice!! Thanks!