How Often Should I Work Out?

Hello my lovelies! I hope this week is treating you well. It is starting to (finally) get chilly here in Jersey and I am full of Christmas Spirit. Yes, I said Christmas. I have a blog post all on how its not too early to get into the Spirit here. But it is chilly and Daylight Savings has hit which means that we are preparation for hibernation season. And hibernation means crawling up in a ball not leaving your bed while you binge on holiday films….right?

No?

Just me?

k.

Well as hibernation season begins it feels harder to wake up early to work out and harder to make myself leave my toasty room to drive to the gym later on in the day. It also means that I can work out a bit less because bikini season is on the far horizon and I have some cookies waiting for me. But, then again, all aesthetics aside. How often should I work out?

 

What is a balanced approach to working out?

Is 2 times a week enough if it’s HIIT? What about if I do yoga, does that count as a “workout”?

 

“Find What Feels Good”

Chances are if you’ve tried to do a yoga routine at home you’ve stumbled across a Yoga with Adrienne video. ( Sidenote who I totally took a class with in Austin, Texas!)

 

 

Adrienne’s brand pretty much revolves around the concept of doing what feels good. So often we get caught up in what we think we should be doing. We see pretty and toned people on Instagram and wonder why we don’t look like that when in reality half of them don’t look like that without a lot of flexing, lighting and editing. Some people do and don’t go insane trying to always look so lean but for the vast majority of fitness people they aren’t as perfect as we think they are.

HelloGiggles posted an article on the best flexxed versus relaxed poses on IG of countless different fitness and bodypositive Instagram accounts.

 

Honestly, just find a workout that feels good. Whether it’s walking, pilates, yoga, weight training, circuits. Do something you love and your body loves but most importantly your MIND loves. I can’t tell you how many times in 2016/2016 I use to go weight train because I thought it was the only way to feel good about my body and it meant I was really a “fitness” person.

 

 

Being “fit” isn’t a one size fit all.

There are so many different ways to look at someone’s fitness and abilities. A marathon runner’s athletic training and abilitiy differs completely from most cardiophobic heavy weight trainers. Circuit bunnies differ greatly from yogis. Everyone has their own idea of what “fitness” is and that’s completely ok. What does “fit” mean to you and truly mean. Don’t look at it aesthetically look at it as something that

  • you can sustain
  • you enjoy
  • pushes you but doesn’t break you
  • aligns with your goals

Figure out what it is that you want to be able to do. Some people want to be able to do a full split. Other’s what to be able to fun a 5k without dying. And still even more want to be able to squat 150 lbs and feel strong. But strength is subjective. A plank for 2 minutes might mean death and for others it’s a breeze. Your muscles are conditioned into what you want them to be able to do. Endurance or strength are different muscle builds and require different training. So get specific and get honest. But most importantly get real about atheltically what you want.

Aesthetics are a great component about a workout but they aren’t everything and they aren’t guarenteed just because you work out. Your diet is a crucial part to achieving a lot of aesthic goals. But that doesn’t mean starving.

 

Prioritize.

This doesn’t always mean putting a work out first. Sometimes it means putting it last. Working out has a million and one benefits for both mind and body. However, it can also break you down just as easily. In my darkest days where I struggled with food and exercise issues I use to force myself to workout for an hour 5 days a week and berate myself if I couldn’t make it to the gym. I even recall one day I had a fever and felt horribly ill and still made myself workout.

It was not healthy.

And the thing is that you can work out every single day and still be unhealthy if there isn’t a balance.  Remember in health class how there was a pyramid? No, not the food pyramid. This one:

 

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Health is mental, physical and social. You need each portion balanced in order to really be considered healthy. Working out shouldn’t be a chore. It should just be a version of an escape for you. If you miss a workout guess what? There will be another one. Unless you’re training for a show or your meal ticket revolves around your body I think a strong emphasis on the aesthetics is silly and anxiety inducing.

But really, how often should I workout?

How much time do you want to carve out for it? I write my workouts in like a business meeting. They’re penciled in, but you can always erase pencil. I try to workout 2-3 times a week. It’s the most maneagable amount of time I can set aside and I never workout for more than a hour. My workouts usually land somewhere between 20 minutes- a hour. It all depends on my motivation, how intense the workout is and what I’ve got going on that day.

I’m not training for a race (where I workout 4-5 times a week) and I’m not a fitness model so I don’t need to be photo ready at all times. I workout because it helps with my anxiety, it energizes me and I feel good. But I also let myself off the hook sometimes when things get in the way.

It’s all about your priorities. I don’t have any weight to lose. I don’t have any goals so right now fitness isn’t at the top of my list. I’m just maintaining. But you  might have a different plan and thats ok. Just remember to make it sustainable and realistic. You don’t need to be at the gym 5 days a week for 2 hours. But you also shouldn’t keep making excuses if you really want to see some change. Start small and find your balance. It’s different for everyone.

Find what feels good.

Until next time
xoxo,

Ana

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