I had planned to take the 9:45am Yoga class at LA Fitness and then stay for some cardio after. Well, I made it to Yoga (that’s more than I can say about last Tuesday), but it ran long and by the time class ended, I was way too hungry to exert the amount of energy needed to complete a treadmill workout. So I drove back home, slightly unsatisfied with the day’s workout. Turns out it was only Part 1.
When Andrew got home from work, he was feeling motivated and ready to hit the gym. Truthfully, I was not very motivated myself, but did not protest and returned to LA Fitness for Part 2 of my workout.
Since my first workout had focused on stretching and strength, I decided to commit to cardio for the second go-round. Still feeling less than motivated, I kept myself busy by machine hopping every 10 minutes. I spent 10 minutes on the stationary bike, 10 minutes on the stair master (that thing is no joke), and 10 minutes (followed by a 5 minute cool down) on the treadmill.
I’ve done this type of cardio trifecta workout before. It’s great for those days when you’ve geared up and gotten all the way to the gym but just still aren’t feeling motivated. Even if you completely coast through, you’ll get your heart rate up, and I guarantee you’ll feel better by the end of it.
Last night’s recovery meal was a hefty portion of greens along with protein and a little bit of starch.
Dinner started with an easy kale salad: shredded kale, dried cranberries, roasted chickpeas, and cubes of raw cheddar in a basic balsamic dressing. That was followed by homemade chicken strips (step 1: egg wash, step 2: seasoned panko bread crumb bath) and sweet potato tots.
My take away from yesterday’s workout: Get your workout done early in the day, while motivation levels are still high. And do the hardest part (in this case, sprints) out of the way first!
Question: What’s your favorite time of day to workout? I’m jealous of those of you who can bang out a killer workout late at night. For me, first thing in the morning – after a cup of bulletproof coffee, of course – is my ideal time to workout.