I recently had someone ask if I could start sharing my workouts for the week, and I thought I might start giving that a try. Please let me know if you're into it or not down in the comments below this post.
Ok, so for this first round of workouts (if we continue to do these), I'm sharing my workouts from while on tour for my book, Namaslay.
First things first. Working out is not a chore to me. I love it. Yoga has become my job, so more often than not, I am itching to do the opposite of yoga - lift heavy weights, listen to loud music, and get my heart rate up. Working out is my biggest stress reliever, and that's why I get pretty bummed when I am not able to get my workouts in. However, when I travel, I mentally have to go to a place where I understand two things:
- I know that due to what most hotels offer, I will be limited to the type of and the amount of equipment I can use. I realize I need to be flexible in switching up my routine and creative in how I design my workouts while on the road.
- Given my travel schedule, sleep patterns, and probable jet lag, it is unlikely I will have the energy to work out as frequently as I normally do.
Understanding and making peace with all of this is vital because otherwise I go to Crazy Town and am a raging nutcase. No one wants to see that, I promise you that.
The Not-Workout Workout: I don't really count teaching yoga as a workout for me because I mostly walk around and talk people through the class. I demo just the most challenging or intricate stuff, so I'm not getting as much of a workout. I don't care about this. The class is for the students, not for my own personal practice. But I am including it here because it is definitely a little something. I am usually sweaty enough by the end of the class that I need to take a quick shower.
Workout 4: Three rounds for time - 15 kettlebell swings with 12kg kettlebell, 15 jumping lunges, 15 v-ups, 15 squat jumps.
Traveling for such an extended time was tough on the ol' macro tracking. If you're new to the macro updates, here's a quick run down:
- I started tracking my macros almost a year ago because I knew I was unintentionally undereating. Initially, I started tracking my macros and focused only on upping my caloric intake because I knew I wasn't eating enough, given the amount of activity I do.
- Once I upped my calories, I felt a lot better, but things were still a bit off. Mostly, it was hormonal stuff. I'd read that you can balance hormones by tracking the actual macros (carbs, fats, proteins), so I started working with my friend James, who sent me my recommended macros.
- After a few months of tracking macros, I saw tremendous improvement and have continued to track macros ever since.
The latest find has to do with menstruation. If you're weirded out by me talking about it, just skip over this paragraph. A part of me wants to write a TMI disclaimer, but honestly, half the population menstruates, it's not that big a deal, and I'm sick of tip-toeing around things that, in my opinion, shouldn't be taboo. Anyway, here goes. The latest find is that my hormones really seem to be balancing out. My period, which my whole life had been exactly every four weeks (like, to the hour), had - over the last two years or so - started coming more frequently (every three weeks and two days or so). My ob/gyn said that it could be that I'd turned 30 and my eggs were limited. However, over the last two cycles, my period has come at three weeks and six days. Could just be a fluke thing, but I am thinking that maybe my hormones are actually balancing out! Fingers crossed.
I'd love to hear what you guys did for workouts this past week or so, and what's going on for you in terms of fitness goals and struggles. Fill me in down in the comments section.
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