Happy Friday!! I just know this weekend is going to be a good one! We have some fun stuff planned, the weather is supposed to be beautiful, and we’re going to eat some good food. All of that piled into one weekend makes me a happy camper.
I’ve done a couple “Friday Favorites” posts in the past (Friday [Blog] Favorites & Friday [Recipe] Favorites), and today I’m bringing it back again! Several of you have been asking how I’ve been doing with my recent plan to exercise less and what I’ve been doing for my low intensity exercise.
I’ve been dealing pretty well with the whole “exercise less” plan. Some days it’s hard, but most days it’s not bad. I find that when the weather is nice and/or I’m feeling antsy or stressed is when I have the biggest urge to run. It is certainly hard when I see that my body is changing and that I’ve gained a few pounds, but I know that it’ll absolutely be worth it in the end. Other than that, I’ve actually felt pretty content with my walks and other low intensity workouts. I kind of surprised myself with this because looking back I think I was borderline “addicted” to my workouts. I love exercise and I had to make sure I got my workout in each day. Now I realize that there is definitely more to life than getting my workout in for the day! Thank goodness I learned this sooner rather than later! This whole thing has absolutely been a huge learning experience for me. It certainly hasn’t been easy, but I sure have grown a lot from it.
I wanted to share some of my favorite forms of low intensity exercise that I’ve been doing lately. You can totally benefit from these ideas too! They are great options for an active rest day or if you’re trying to allow your body recover as well.
This is a pretty obvious low intensity exercise option, but walking has become one of my favorite things to do in the past few weeks. It gives me time to spend with my husband and pups or gives me time to personally reflect if I’m out on a walk by myself. I always feel refreshed and rejuvenated when I come back from a walk. I’ve also done a few of my walks on the treadmill when the weather is cold or rainy. I don’t enjoy treadmill walks as much as being outside, but reading a good book or watching a favorite TV show makes it a lot more fun.
You may have read about my recent love development with yoga, and I’m still continuing to enjoy it! I’m no pro yoga-er yet by any means. Heck, I haven’t even been to a real yoga class or studio. I’ve only done several yoga videos at home, but regardless it’s become one of my favorite forms of low intensity exercise. It relaxes me, stretches out my body, and strengthens my muscles without getting too crazy.
I’m no dancer by any means. If it tells you anything, I give my husband a good laugh when I’m dancing to our Just Dance 3 game on the Wii because I’m that bad. Ha. I still LOVE it though! Dancing just makes me happy and puts me in a good mood. Yesterday I also did a Zumba DVD with one of my friends, and we had such a fun time!
(I promise I own more than a white tank top and black workout pants. )
I’ve found a few pilates videos on Netflix and on Blogilates that I’ve really enjoyed. I haven’t done a ton of pilates in the past, so it was very new to me. Every single video I’ve done so far though has certainly made my muscles scream! Holy burn!
I hope this answers some of your questions as to how my new exercise “adventure” has been going, and gives you a few ideas for some fun low intensity workout options. Remember, a quality workout doesn’t always have to be balls-to-the-walls crazy! I wish I would’ve learned that sooner.
Have a great day!
- What is your favorite form of low intensity exercise?
- Do you incorporate low intensity exercise into your weekly workout schedule?
- What are your plans for the weekend?