Fitness and healthy living have always been something I had a huge interest in. I’ve never been super lazy. In the summers I often go hiking and swimming. I attend yoga classes more or less frequently and have had a gym membership for the most part of my adult years. However, it wasn’t until last autumn that I finally managed to introduce a routine into my life that I can actually maintain for a longer time. Now, I have finally found a workout routine that brings me closer to my goals while still fitting into my busy lifestyle.
My path towards a stronger, healthier body
Last autumn I decided to give weight lifting and fitness another chance. I consulted a trainer, got a plan and started hitting the gym. And I’ve never been so motivated before. For some reason, it finally clicked for me and I started having fun at the gym. It has also helped me tremendously with my mental health. My main goal, for now, is to become stronger and leaner. I do not strive for a certain body ideal. More, it’s about proofing to myself that I can stick to a routine and actually accomplish something when I want to. I think, getting the plan and not being too strict with myself is what changed everything for me. Some weeks I only manage to go to the gym twice a week and I’m totally fine with that. I aim at doing some kind of exercise at least four times per week and try to walk 10.000 steps whenever I can. And I’ve never felt as good in my body as right now. I’ve posted a progress picture on my IG Stories last week and everyone wanted to know what I was doing, so here’s my current workout routine.
Here’s what my workout routine currently looks like
GYM: 3/4 times a week. Here I alternate between upper and lower-body workouts whenever I go. I have a training plan that I follow for 8-10 weeks and then I’ll switch it up again, depending on my goals and needs. I would advise consulting a trainer for a better understanding of which exercises you have to do to build the body you want.
YOGA: 1-2 times a week depending on how I’m feeling. I try to go to at least one class every other week but don’t always manage to do so. This is why I often do yoga videos on YouTube or add a few stretches to the end of my workouts. Find out more about my yoga journey here
RUNNING: Last week I started to incorporate running sessions into my workout schedule. Before I used to do 20 minutes of cardio after each weights session. However, now that I need to train for the 5k I decided it was better to have one or two days dedicated to training exactly this only.
Finding joy in running
Running sadly is something I never really managed to fall in love with. I’ve always adored runners and marveled at them from afar. It’s such an amazing sport, as you can do it from wherever you are. All you need is a pair of good running shoes and you’re ready to go. Because this comes in quite handy with all the traveling I do, I decided to give the runner in me one more try. This is why I signed up for the 5 kilometer long ladies run in Graz mid-May. I know 5k isn’t that much of a distance, however, it still is something I’ll need to train for in earnest. I figured that by committing to a running event I’d get myself to give it a proper try. If I still don’t like it after finishing the event, I can at least safely say that I really tried. So wish me luck!
Make sure to also check out my new podcast episode, in which I’m talking about my fitness journey. You can listen to it on Spotify and iTunes for free.