Saturday, January 30, 2010

Tough Workout

I had a really hard time getting through my workout this morning. Hubby and I  lifted weights yesterday afternoon, and I really pushed myself. I finished the workout with 20 intense minutes on the stair climber.

Last night the toddler woke up before midnight because of a nightmare, and I had the brilliant idea of bringing him into our bed. We have had a lot of changes lately, and I just wanted him to feel safe and not alone. Unfortunately, he couldn’t get comfortable and fidgeted around until 5:50 a.m. when he declared that it was time to turn on the lights. I think I was awake most of the night…

Today was my cardio day, and I had planned on 45 minutes on the elliptical. I haven’t done a longer cardio session all week, so I really wanted to get one in. I sleep much better when I do a good amount of cardio. But after only a few minutes, I knew that it would be tough. Often, once I push through the first 15 to 20 minutes, I find my groove and make it through the rest of my workout. Not today. After 20 minutes I knew I needed to stop. I decided to do some back extensions and Pilates moves, and then hopped on the stair climber for 15 minutes. I had planned on 25 minutes, but, again, I felt really burned out after only 15. I stretched and did some more Pilates, and then finished another 10 minutes on the elliptical.

I’m glad I got in a total of 45 minutes of cardio and that I kept the intensity high. Breaking up the 45 minutes really helped me get through the workout. And I think now I’ll try to take a short 15 to 20 minute nap to catch up on some sleep…

Questions: What are your strategies to get through a tough workout? What workouts do you have planned for this weekend?
Happy Saturday!

Be well,