I did this yesterday and loved it. I enjoy exercise that makes me feel good. And that’s why I don’t enjoy the popular philosophy that getting uncomfortable and awkward with heavy weights is what makes the cut. I loved frog burpeees! I had never done a frog burpee until yesterday and now I feel like I have finally lived in a workout. Making your body do fun new things that feel good is brilliant. Exercise isn’t punishment – and a banging track list keeps me motivated. Spotify keeps me going!
I also did a 5K run on the treadmill last night – 31 mins 29 seconds… The goal is 30 mins… Goals are important.
I don’t know about anybody else but I’ve been feeling overwhelmed by gravity and super heavy this weekend – like I’m all lead boned and wading through quicksand. And I tried to nuke that feeling with exercise.
This morning I did this circuit set:-
Warm up – Repeat 3 times
16 russian twists
25 mountain climbers
HIIT – Repeat 3 times
12 side planks w/leg raises (6 e/s)
16 windmills (4kg kettlebell) (8 e/s)
20 swings (10kg kettlebell)
20 sumo squats (5kg medicine ball)
10 burpees overhead lift (w/ 5kg medicine ball)
25 mountain climbers
30 jumping jacks
10 surfer push ups
16 ploy jump squats
25 plank jacks
Strength – Repeat twice
16 russian twists (6/8kg kettlebell)
12 side lunges (6/8kg kettlebell)
8 sumo squats (x2 6kg kettlebells)
12 halos (6/8kg kettlebell)
16 backward lunges (6/8kg kettlebell)
16 tabletop leg/arm raises (3kg dumbbell)
I did sweat much. And it was good. The strength class I have been going to doesn’t make me sweat heaps, I think my sweat gets shy in front of other people. It’s good to sweat it out, that’s important. Exercise is how I keep my serotonin levels high enough to prevent me from taking myself out, through self-harm, bulimia or self sabotaging my finances. Exercise also goes hand in hand with self-respect, for me. I need to keep my serotonin levels, self-esteem and self-respect buoyant or I find myself in a dark, bitter funk.
I’ve also been doing some outdoor bench circuits/running with a good friend, around Guernsey reservoir. We get gut-punchingly beautiful vistas whilst lunging, squatting, cursing, sweating, laughing and pushing through to the next bench… and the next bench. There are 8 benches on total and its a 3/4K run. I highly recommend it. The next step is to take it to the cliff paths, although there are less benches per K along those routes, there are endless sets of vicious steps!
“The monoamines in the brain, such as serotonin and dopamine, have an improved transmission rate when exercising occurs. This is beneficial for those depressed because such chemicals in the brain directly affect on mood.” – Hassan