30 Minute Strength Workout
Um, how is it Wednesday already?? I mean, I’m not complaining. I’m all for the next few weeks flying by because that means that I can get home and see Chris, my family, and friends again!
And let me just say that I absolutely adore being able to call Chris my fiance!! I also can’t stop staring at the ring on my finger hehe…I’m like a giddy little girl over here and I love it.
So over Thanksgiving break I came down with a head cold. My sinuses were super painful, my throat was a bit sore, and my nose was extremely congested. I decided to take several days off from exercising because frankly I just didn’t feel well enough to put forth the effort!
When I got back to Boston on Monday I was itching to get back to the gym after taking 4 days off. I only had enough time to get in a 30-minute workout and I completed a lower body strength workout mixed with some plyos so I could get my heart pumping.
30 Minute Lower Body Supersets and Core Strength Workout
**For the supersets: complete each weighted exercise 3 times and each plyometric exercise 2 times. Superset the weighted and plyometric exercises the for the first two sets. Then complete a 3rd set of just the weighted exercise and immediately move on to the next group of supersets. Rest for only 30 seconds between each superset.
**For the core exercises: complete 3 sets of each exercise
- Stability ball squats with dumbbells: 15 reps
- Jump squats: 15 reps
- Rear lunges with dumbbells: 15 reps each leg
- Lateral bounds: 16 reps total (8 each side)
- Straight-leg deadlifts with barbell: 15 reps
- Jumping lunges: 16 reps total (8 each leg)
- Single leg glute bridge on bench: 12 reps each leg
- Bench jumps: 10 reps (click link for a video; not the same as box jumps!)
- Regular crunches
- Side planks
- Seated leg raise crunch machine (weighted)
It was so nice to get a quick and sweaty workout in after not exercising for a few days!
This morning I wanted to workout for a bit longer but since I still have some congestion and a cough I didn’t want to overdo it. I did an “easy” 3 miles on the treadmill and then 10 minutes on the elliptical. I felt completely spent at the end…those 3 miles didn’t feel too easy. Does anyone else ever feel like it’s difficult to pick up where you left off before you were sick?? I guess I need to ease myself back into it haha.
Anyway, I went grocery shopping yesterday and I was so proud of myself for spending about $15 less than normal and that included getting several household items that were needed (soap, toilet paper, etc.). I realize that $15 may not seem like a lot but it is for me! Especially since I have no source of income while in grad school. I don’t usually spend a lot of money at the grocery story anyway, but I have noticed that lately I’ve been purchasing some things that aren’t exactly necessary and that I don’t really eat often enough to get through without it going bad.
So, in trying to be mindful of what I was purchasing, I successfully bought less and spent less and somehow still have plenty of food to get me through the week! Apparently I need to be more mindful all the time :).
I hope you all have a great Wednesday! Just think…it’s almost the weekend again!
Do you find that you have to ease yourself/your body back into exercising after being sick?
How do you practice “mindfulness” with grocery shopping?