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Back to workout routine – with my little girl

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!).

Workout with my daughter

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:

Leg exercises:

  • 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…

ABS exercises:

  • 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.

Stretching

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 HEREΒ  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

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32 Comment

  1. Reply
    Rebecca
    November 24, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    It’s such a great idea to include your little one in your workouts/warmups! I’m glad she enjoyed herself πŸ™‚

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      Anna
      November 24, 2017 at 10:59 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Rebecca. Yes, we both really enjoyed it! And we are still doing exercises together every evening. I hope she doesn’t get bored after a while though…

  2. Reply
    Emily
    November 25, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Glad you’re feeling better and we’re able to get back into your routine!!! I’ve been in a workout slump too and am really struggling to get out of it!

    1. Reply
      Anna
      November 25, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      Thank you. Yes, it’s pretty hard to start after a break, but I’m sure you’re going to get to it in no time. Just think why you started in the first place. All the best! xxx

  3. Reply
    courtney
    November 25, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    It’s so great that you included your daughter in your workout and that she enjoyed herself. It’s so wonderful that you can encourage each other and work together.

    1. Reply
      Anna
      November 25, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      Yes, it’s amazing and I’m so glad that she likes it. I have even stronger motivation now! πŸ™‚

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    Ashley - Forking Up
    November 26, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    I need to get back in the workout routine. Saving your exercises so that I have something to go off of!

    1. Reply
      Anna
      November 26, 2017 at 9:36 pm

      Thank you, Ashley and good luck with your workouts! I’m sure you’ll get back to them. Even if not now, then with the New Year we all have a stronger motivation. I hope you like my workouts πŸ˜‰ xxx

  5. Reply
    Vox
    November 26, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Great piece. I love to figure out how to make fitness work in all lifestyle, so even with kids, we’ got to make it work. Not staying fit is NOT an option. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Reply
      Anna
      November 26, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      Thanks! Yes, I think it’s really important to teach kids about benefits of being fit and also to show them that it can be fun! We have a huge influence over their future convictions and values in life and possibly also in forming good habits.

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    Mysha
    November 26, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    I’ve never really been into sports, but after being pregnant, I feel like I should finally get into it! Or better said – into doing some sports! I’m going to try to apply your suggestions and see how it goes. Thanks πŸ’œ

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      Anna
      November 26, 2017 at 11:20 pm

      Thank you for your comment. I know it’s hard. I only started exercising 4 years after giving birth to my daughter, and the most difficult is the first month. But once you get into the habit, you begin to love it. Hope you find motivation to start. It’s so worth it! Best of luck to you! xxx

  7. Reply
    elizabeth o
    November 27, 2017 at 7:57 am

    I think it is a wonderful idea to make fitness a family affair. I’m glad you are feeling better now! Those cool sneakers are so upbeat and cheery.

    1. Reply
      Anna
      November 27, 2017 at 6:39 pm

      Thank you so much. I’m much better now, full of energy and motivation πŸ™‚

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    Michelle - Hold the Moo
    November 27, 2017 at 7:58 am

    That is so great. Congratulations on the team work πŸ™‚ it is super that you are teaching her the importance of fitness and body awareness from a young age.

    1. Reply
      Anna
      November 27, 2017 at 6:41 pm

      Thank you, Michelle. I was a bit worried that she might be fussy, as kids sometimes are, but she seems to like it so much. I only hope it isn’t a flash in the pan… Time will show πŸ˜‰

  9. Reply
    Natoya
    November 27, 2017 at 9:21 am

    I’ve been needing to get back to some sort of work out routine. Glad to know, I’m not alone. Such a great idea to include the little ones as well!

    1. Reply
      Anna
      November 27, 2017 at 7:17 pm

      Yes, I know it’s hard when you’ve had a longer break. Hope you find enough motivation to make that first step though. Good luck!

  10. Reply
    Megan
    November 27, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Your daughter is beautiful. It’s so lovely that you can do this together and pass on your love of fitness to her. The fact that she enjoys it already is half the battle won!

    1. Reply
      Anna
      November 27, 2017 at 7:19 pm

      Thank you so much, Megan. It would be my dream come true if she got into it as much as I am πŸ™‚ Really hoping for it.

  11. Reply
    Keri
    November 27, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    What a great idea to include your daughter. I think I might have to start doing this!

    1. Reply
      Anna
      November 27, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      Yes, definitely try it πŸ™‚ It’s quality time spent together. So worth it!

  12. Reply
    jehava
    November 27, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    I love this! So inspirational! I just need to jump on!

    1. Reply
      Anna
      November 27, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that! You go girl! πŸ™‚

  13. Reply
    Kristin
    November 28, 2017 at 2:15 am

    You and your daughter are just too cute! I like to get in some “accidental” cardo with my boys, but if I’m doing a serious workout, I prefer to be alone. It can definitely be therapeutic!

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      Anna
      November 28, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      Thank you, Kristin. I know what you mean. I also prefer to do my main workout alone because only then am I able to fully concentrate. It’s great that you’ve found a way to involve your boys in exercising πŸ™‚

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    Shann Eva
    November 28, 2017 at 4:15 am

    I totally agree with that quote about working out being therapy. I never used to like working out, but since having kids, it has become my therapy, and just makes me feel good. I love that you’re incorporating your daugher into it too. I really can’t wait to read that article about flexibility, as I’ve been working on that too.

    1. Reply
      Anna
      November 28, 2017 at 5:11 pm

      I’m glad to hear that! It’s amazing, isn’t it πŸ™‚ It’s a “me” time, so important especially when we become moms and our life gets “a bit” busier. Keep it up! <3

  15. Reply
    Gaby
    November 28, 2017 at 8:57 am

    I love the fact that your daughter gets involved in the stretches! It’s important to teach children the value of exercise.
    I really want to improve my own flexibility, so getting an insight into your workout routine is super helpful – thanks!

    1. Reply
      Anna
      November 28, 2017 at 5:15 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Gaby. I’m planning to post my stretching routine at some stage so I hope you can find some inspiration there. It’s a very slow process, but no matter how long it takes, it’s very beneficial.

  16. Reply
    Erica @ Coming up Roses
    November 29, 2017 at 2:48 am

    It’s sososo cool that you involve your daughter in your fitness routine as well! And that she had a fun time and wants to do it more often!

    1. Reply
      Anna
      November 29, 2017 at 10:21 pm

      Thank you so much. I’m really happy that she likes it too!

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