Sweat it Out (Friday’s Workout):
Elliptical 1 Hour
Foam Rolling 15 Minutes
24 Days of Thankfulness: Today I am thankful for the scale. This morning it finally threw me a bone and showed a good number (for which I will keep secret because I am a little superstitious and I don’t want to jinx it) which helped motivate me to get a killer cardio session in at the gym.
Good News: My Body Bugg arrived today!!! Bad News: I spent an hour on the phone with tech support and a frustrating evening trying to set it up. I haven’t put it on yet, but I am hoping that once it is fully charged I can slap it on my arm and get this party started. I really don’t think I can take any more technical difficulties at this point. Especially with a ornery baby crying in the back ground.
I also got the nifty wrist watch thingy so I don’t have to upload my Bugg every time I want to see how many calories I’ve burned. I haven’t figured out how to sync it to the band yet, but I’m hoping once I get it on my arm it will be a breeze
or I will scream.
Yesterday’s workout was a scheduled NROLFW workout, but I was stiff, like super stiff. Probably the most stiff I have been with this program. What can I say, I kicked my @$$ on Wednesday and it has seemed to carry through. I will make up the session today to complete my 3 strength training requirements for the week.
As a blogger I try to keep up on the blogs I enjoy to read, and most of them are running blogs (since a marathon is the ultimate goal for me). So when my muscles were stiffer than normal I looked into some ways that I could help out the healing process when I came across foam rolling. I thought in order to foam roll you had to be an awesome runner, or an athlete. But it turns out that anyone can foam roll! After researching how to foam roll correctly (since an injury is the last thing I need right now) I actually saw what a foam roll looked like.
Turns out that little round thing in the middle of the step lifters is a foam roller! And all this time I thought it was keeping the lifts from falling over. Duh. I looked up some You Tube videos to make sure that I had the correct form, and came across this short informative video. The lady made it look so easy!
I am always a little nervous to do something new at the gym so when I decided to try this form of stretching I didn’t want to embarrass myself. The fact was, my legs were KILLING me and I had to do something about it. Luckily my gym has just done some rearranging so that there is more room for abs and stretching so I didn’t have to fight for space.
I started by rolling my hamstrings, and I didn’t know what the fuss was all about. I had heard a few people who said that rolling was painful, but felt good after. I thought maybe I was doing it wrong. Then I flipped over and did my quads. I was making the pain face in no time. Pretty much my eyes started to water after a minute, and I was done for.
Lastly I rolled my IT bands on both legs and that was the same as the quads if not worse, but I did figure out that it was my IT band that I irritated about 6 months ago, so that was good to know.
My legs feel 100% better. I am now in love with foam rolling and since I have access to a roller at my gym, I will be adding it into my workouts. I love finding new things to keep the gym fun and interesting!
- Anything you have recently tried to keep your workouts interesting?
- Are you tech savvy? Normally yes, when there isn’t something majorly wrong with the settings on my mac.