A Naptime Circuit Workout
^^Great Harvest Apple Dapple bread with almond butter = my ultimate pre-workout breakfast
I have figured out that, like coffee, I really need a workout in the morning to get my endorphins flowing for the day. Recently I had an 8:30 pm soccer game and sat around all day in anticipation. (The weather was awful or I would have tried for a mid-day walk with Birch.) By 4 pm I was sooooo grumpy. I realized that on the days when I don’t leave the house, I really need a good indoor naptime workout to boost my mood. I have experimented with doing blog work during first morning nap and working out later in the day (aka showering first and then getting in aÂ clean sweatÂ later in the day.) But if I ever have a choice, I much prefer a mid-morning workout. The endorphins set the tone for the rest of the day!
So once Birch was settled into his crib…
I went downstairs to the treadmill and set up a circuit workout for the next hour. (I got lucky that B slept for 1.5 hours – so I even had time for a quick shower!) I had so much fun with this I wanted to share!
For the first 10 minutes I walked to a podcast for my warmup. This gets the podcast/relax itch out of my system and puts me juuuuust in the mood for a higher intensity.
Next I put on a 13 minute upper body strength set from Aaptiv. This one for my Aaptiv friends:
It was a combo of cardio moves that involved strength, like burpees and mountain climbers. Loved the music in this set too!
Thirdly I hopped back on the tread and did a quick run – I think it was about a mile. I loved how Ed coached me to add a little speed every minute until I was running fairly fast. At this point I was sweating!
At this point I was 30 minutes in, so I felt like I’d gotten the hard part over and switched to a nice guided yoga flow to stretch a bit. My mind only had the attention span for 8 minutes of yoga! (Oh the irony of yoga.)
Little B was still sleeping, so I decided to hop back on the treadmill to cool down with a bit more podcast walking. My all-time favorite podcast is the Dave Ramsey Show. While I do love personal finance, what I like most about it is the Q&A format. I can jump into any episode at any time and just start listening for 10 minutes here or there without feeling like I have to listen to a whole topical podcast from start to finish. Sometimes I hesitate to start podcasts because I know I won’t have time to finish the topic, but DR’s podcast is one you can take in minute by minute.
Here’s my Apple Watch report from my workout. It was a good one! I think it’s cool how you can see each set by heart rate in the graph – warm up, up and down HIIT, fast run peak, a dip for slow yoga, and my final walk.
You’ve heard me say it before, but there is no way I would have gotten this creative without all of the Aaptiv workouts at my fingertips. They really do make home workouts fun and way more challenging than me on my own! I like stringing together treadmill + strength but I would love it they created more varied kind of workouts too.
When B was up he did his own little workout – some tummy time. He’s getting to tolerate it a bit more, but he’s still not totally into his tummy and doesn’t seem all that close to rolling over.
I was extra hungry for lunch and had this huge salad: greens, sweet potato, feta, spiced pecans, pita chips and quiche. Yup, quiche on top! I sliced it up and ate it bite by bite.
I feel a little repetitive always raving about home workouts these days, but they have been SO GOOD for my mental health this winter with a little baby and I just can’t not share! I am also getting so much closer to buying a new treadmill. My belt continues to stick really badly, and I priced a replacement one and it’s more than I want to spend not knowing if it will even solve the problem. I think a new tread is in the cards, but I don’t want to spend more than $1,000, ideally less than that. (Sadly Woodway and Peloton are out of the budget!)
- Solid feel for running
- One-touch incline and speed buttons (you know, you just push 7 and it goes to speed 7)
- Less than $1,000
- Delivery AND ASSEMBLY available for purchase/included
I know I have asked for recs before, but does anyone have one they love? I’ve been reading reviews and it sure is overwhelming!