Wednesday’s Elf for Health challenge was to try a new workout. I was originally planning on testing out a new workout app, GAIN Fitness, but it proved disappointing. Instead, I settled on a new Greatist Workout of the Day. The entire workout involved bodyweight training – which is my favorite form of strength training. You don’t need any equipment but yourself! (Actually, this workout called for a jump rope, but I just mimicked the movement of jumping rope sans-rope.) The workout called for quite a bit of jumping throughout. I’m not a big fan of jumping, but I wanted to challenge myself.
The workout went like this:
20 bodyweight squats (this is just controlled squats using the weight of your body)
10 jumping squats
10 lunges per leg
5 jumping lunges per leg
20 plank walk-outs + pushup
2 minutes of jump rope (or simulated jump rope, in my case)
Hold plank for 30 seconds
Plank walkups for 30 seconds
Rest 30 seconds
Needless to say, this workout (paired with the Jillian Michael’s Yoga Meltdown DVD from Tuesday) left my legs screaming! A good scream, but a scream nonetheless. I’d love to hear what my fellow elves did. Any new workouts that you really enjoyed and recommend?
It’s always good to step outside your normal workouts and try something new. You don’t have to be out with the old, but you might enjoy a new workout just as much.
Today’s challenge was to wake up 15 minutes early to meditate and reflect. Instead of a morning meditation, I’m going to a Yoga to the People class tonight. At the end of the class, there is a meditation period I’ll use as my Take Time Thursday challenge.
If you live in NYC, enjoy yoga, and haven’t been to Yoga to the People, I highly recommend it. They have studios all over the city and offer classes at a very reasonable price. I go to their East Village studio. It’s donation based – so you only pay what you can. The classes are very crowded. But it’s an amazing, judgment-free atmosphere.
I’ve only done an actual meditation class once, when I was a teenager. I was visiting my uncle in San Francisco and accompanied him to his weekly meditation group. I thought you had to stay completely still the entire time, so at the end of the class, my legs were completely asleep. I tried to stand up, which is incredibly tough without feeling in your legs, and ended up landing on the side of my foot. It was swollen and a nice purple shade for the remainder of my trip. I think I might be the only person to get a meditation injury…
Tomorrow’s challenge is to eat as many colors as possible. I think one of my super colorful salads will come in handy. Any other suggestions?