I’ve had a little break but I’m back at last! I’ve already lost track on how many days it’s been since my last workout. Must have been over 2 weeks but it feels like ages! And I was slowly beginning to lose my mind… I really missed that for my own mental balance.
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Give your brain a little break
I’ve been working A LOT on migration of my blog, trying to set up everything as best as possible, learning new things… At the same time still trying to run my skincare business and photography, AND working full-time… I seriously needed a break from all that because I was staring at the screen all day, only switching from one computer to another. I felt like my brain was going to melt if I didn’t do something.
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First step is always the hardest
Especially after a loooong break. Yesterday was the first day I felt so much better after being sick all last week. I still cough a lot but I feel that I’m regaining strength, so I thought I’d finally do my workout. The plan was to have a proper leg day, but my body quickly showed me why it was a stupid idea. I was still too weak after being sick all week.
But let’s start from the beginning.
Warmup with my little daughter
Before I started my workout, I remembered my recent conversation with my husband about involving our daughter in fitness, which I think is a fantastic idea! She has a small problem with her Achilles tendons and we need to make sure that she keeps stretching them. However it’s nearly impossible to keep an eye on it when you see your kid only 4-5 hours a day (full-time job has its disadvantages…). That’s why I asked her if she would like to do some warm-up and stretching with me today, and she was really happy to do it! I think we did a good half an hour of different exercises and she liked it so much that she wants to do it more often (happy face!).
To me it’s an amazing thing because not only will we spend time together, but also we’ll be working on her health and I hope that by doing so, she will become more aware of her body and start paying more attention to the way she moves. I remember that I did! I was more or less her age when I was accepted to my hometown’s gymnastics representation. That’s the time when I learned a whole lot about proper posture and walking and I was very serious about it. It really pays off, even now. Martyna is my blood after all, she must have that in her veins, right? (mother’s hope…)
That reminded me that I need to but her some sports clothes! If you’re also looking for some nice kids sports gear, here’s a few of my favourites:
After our little warm-up I did my own planned workout:
- SUMO SQUATS with 10kg (12 reps)
- ONE LEG ELEVATED LUNGES with 10kg (12 reps each leg)
3 sets of the above and it that was it. So I switched to…
- PLANK (1 min.)
- SIDE PLANK WITH CRUNCH (20 sec. on each side)
- SIDE TO SIDE OBLIQUE TWISTS (INFINITY) with dumbbells (20 sec.)
- SCISSORS (20 sec.)
- LEGRISES (20 sec.)
- DOWNWARD DOG (20 sec.)
2 sets of the above.
I finished with a good bit of stretching and to my big surprise my flexibility hasn’t worsened during my break. Actually I think it even improved! Seriously! That’s a bit shocking but I read about it on one of fitness forums once and now I see that it’s actually true. I was kind of struggling with my stretching, not seeing any significant progress… (and I know I AM able to be very flexible because I’ve already “been there” quite hard!) Some days it even felt like I was going backwards, or I was stuck in one place.
A little discovery
It seems that I have found an answer to this. I did a bit of research within this subject and guess what I’ve found. That it’s not entirely stretching that leads to flexibility, but our nervous system! YES! Our nervous system is sending our brain signals whether what we do to our body is safe or not. Of course by stretching we gradually move that dangerous line, however if we stretch too hard it may bring opposite results. And we don’t want that! I strongly recommend you read the whole article HERE if you, like me, are also working on your flexibility.
What do you think about it?
- Does fitness help you keep mental balance in life?
- Would you agree that this is a form of self-therapy?
- Is flexibility important to you?
- Do you do any exercises with your children?
Feel free to choose any of my questions above and leave your answer in a comment. And if you find my post interesting please share it.
Thank you, xxx