Rest Days and New Workouts

WeightLiftingRest days, I love them. I know fellow runners and fitness fiends who hate a rest day. I see it as an essential part of training, it’s the day my body repairs so I reap the benefits of my training. If I go too many days in a row without a rest day I tank.

I pushed it too much last week. I ran, walked around Universal Studios, worked out, and shoveled ice two consecutive days. Thursday was supposed to be a run or workout since I like to keep the day before my long run as a rest day. It would have been the 7th day of working out and I just could not do it. My back was sore and I was tired. I took the much needed rest day.

Normally I might have taken Friday off as well but I was feeling restless and I decided to work my upper body. I just started Beachbody’s 21 Day Fix so I knew I could choose the Upper Body Fix and not have if affect my legs for running. It was 30 minutes, worked arms, back, chest and abs – perfect! I worked but didn’t go crazy.

I have to say I really like the workouts that I’ve tried so far. They’re not crazy long and I can do two if I feel I need more exercise on a particular day. My legs tone fast but my arms take longer. I’m liking the exercises since they’re effective and simple to follow.

I belonged to a gym for nine years and I got tired of it. I now prefer working out at home. I am not motivated to go to the gym and wait for equipment. It drives me crazy. I like taking classes once in awhile but for the most part I like being home and doing my long run with friends.

I like Beachbody’s workouts and their Shakeology so much that I’ve decided to become a coach for them. Shoot me an email,  janinemchale@empoweredplate.com, if you’re curious about the workouts or want to try the shake.

I added spinach and cherries to vanilla, hence the odd color. It tastes like cherry vanilla.

Do you prefer working out at home or the gym?

Do you run alone or with others? (I do both. Some days I need to be alone and work stuff out. I like doing my long run with others though).