Coming back from an injury has been really tough. I have been ever so slowly adding, tweaking, changing, challenging my workouts so I keep advancing but I don’t over do it. I like to work out really hard – run as far as I can, do the super hard workouts, push myself as much I as I can – so the really slow progressions has been difficult. I just want to go for a run! I just want to do BBG! And then I recently had a little set back, so that was super frustrating. I pulled a muscle in my hip that is already an issue and had to sit out a few weeks and then slowly ease back into things again.
But I thought I would share my current workout in case anyone was looking for some ideas, because I am always looking. I am by no means any sort of fitness expert or trainer or anything.
Right now I am doing 3×10 with 8lb weights for my upper body, and 3×8 with 5lb for my lower body. Since my injury is in my left hip, I did without weights for a long time. And in case you are wondering, since I hadn’t worked out in like 9 months when I started, I started out using 5lb weights and did 2×10 sets. On the lateral band walks, I use a band instead of weights.
I also do ab exercises – crunches, bicycle crunches, sit ups with a weight, planks, etc. I try to work out with weights 4 days a week. Normally it is low body on Tuesday, upper body on Wednesday and then both on Friday and Sunday (because I have more time).
Eventually I want to add in some kettleball exercises. I’ve never used a kettleball, so that should be interesting. Lucky for me, my friend Sarah recently posted a kettleball workout, so I plan on using that. But as I have said before I am trying to take it slow so I don’t hurt myself again. And I am walking about 40 minutes.
WELLNESS CHECK IN
Last month’s wellness post was all about mental health. Did you take a little time focus on your mental health? This is a topic I think we need to keep coming back to, keep taking care of our mental health, and keep others in mind as well.
So this month’s wellness challenge is to give a weight workout a try. Weights might not be your thing, and that is OK. But you never know if you don’t try! And if you don’t think you are ready for weights, don’t own any weights or don’t belong to a gym, you can do things that use your own body weight like push ups, tricep dips, squats and lunges. I don’t belong to a gym, so everything I do is with free weights at home.
So tell me about your workouts either with weights or without. What are your favorite workouts? And what do you hate?