At the starting line

Hellu,

One of my most important resolutions this year is to work out daily. I’m working on bettering myself and part of that is having a healthier body. I don’t go to a gym or use any machines, but I’ve come up with a routine that works for me- so I thought I’d share it with you all today…

Yoga before & after

I resolved to do yoga everyday last year and accomplished that. It made me feel so much better just to stretch my body somehow each day, so I knew I wanted to keep that up. I decided making my yoga routine bracket my workouts would be a great option. It would help me avoid pulling anything at the start of my exercises and aid any soreness afterwards. I’ve talked about what poses I like to do on my blog before, so I’ll link that post HERE if you’re interested to read!

The moves

My goal isn’t to lose weight, I’m at a healthy weight for my height and age. I really just want to get my body moving more and my blood pumping better in the morning. So the moves I do may not seem like much, but it’s also helping to tone what muscle I do have and strengthen my core & base. I rarely use my hand weights, but it’s something extra to have while doing some of these exercises…

I decided quite early on the 5 things I wanted to do and in what increments:

100 crunches per day

10 push-ups per day (adding 5 each month)

50 squats/lunges/donkey kicks per day

I alternate that last one so I’m not doing all 3 everyday and getting crazy sore quads lol

Mom’s gift to me

I used to use this stepper when I was in high school and it was the easiest way for me to get moving without breaking too much of a sweat. I would still feel the burn and even a bit of soreness the day after, so I know it works the right muscles for me. I asked my mom if I could have it and she dug it out of the garage for me! It’s not something I incorporate into my daily workout, but if I’m off work and sitting on the couch for hours on end- it’s a nice way to get the blood flowing in my legs again while I watch Netflix (:

Keeping track

I write down which exercises I completed each day in my planner. This helps me stay accountable to my resolution and also reminds me which alternating moves I’m doing that specific day. I have a designated drawer in my room for my workout tee shirts & shorts now. I also try to wear a headband to keep any sweat off my forehead, avoiding extra breakouts. It’s been really nice having something to wake me up better in the mornings and I’m hopeful I can keep up with it the whole year!

What do you do for exercise? Are you a gym rat or more of a yogi? Let me know in the comments, and as always- thanks so much for reading (:

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18 thoughts on “At the starting line

  1. I would really love to take up yoga, I think it would really help to wind down and shut my mind off for a while. At the moment I only do a small workout at home, I’ve not done much since summer but I’m getting back into it now! Loved this post 🙂

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    1. I am, but that’s why I’m keeping it light. I didn’t wanna push myself to start out at 100 push-ups or do 50 squats + 50 lunges + 50 donkey kicks daily haha that would indeed be too much!

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  2. Omg that is so nice that you keep so healthy!!! And I love your handwriting, its so nice! But wow a 100 crunches a day, you are well on your way to tones abs already! I personally love everything from gym to HIIT to yoga because its important to have balance in keeping your strength and posture!

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    1. Thank you! I try to keep my planner nice & neat cause it makes me better motivated to keep using it lol I used to workout almost the same way when I was in high school- but of course I was just a teenager and it was easy to get skinny abs 🙈 now I’ve really gotta keep up with it if I wanna stay fit AND healthy. I think I’ve found a good routine & rhythm though

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  3. I want to start to work out daily as well but with so much work at uni, it makes it feel hard to do so! I think I might start keeping track of my workouts using my planner too, maybe it will motivate me to be more consistent! Great post! Really helpful ❤

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    1. I totally get that, but I hope you can find time to workout enough to feel proud of yourself! It does get easier when you get into a routine of doing the exercises (: thanks so much for your comment

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