It’s fairly common fitness-world knowledge that it’s good to change up your exercise routine on a regular basis to continue challenging your body. Because when you do the same thing time after time your body adapts and becomes very efficient at doing that thing. Efficient = burns fewer calories to do it. Not what I want!
But I’m a creature of habit. I like routines. As a friend of mine says, I’ve never been in a rut that I couldn’t settle in and start decorating! I like my running routine, but I could really stand to build up my muscles, so instead of finding cardio to do besides running, I added in a weight lifting routine. It’s a routine that my fitness trainer pal Andrew designed for me years ago, and I pull it out and dust it off when I need something different. It’s made up of supersets of different weightlifting moves, requires equipment I already have on hand, and works pretty much all the major (and most of the minor) muscles of the body in about 30 minutes. I’ve been working those in on days I’m not running.
And then I made some slight changes to my running. Last Friday it was raining so instead of running I went to the gym and did 15 minutes on the stationary bike and 15 minutes on the elliptical. Today I went for a short run (about 2 miles total) but ran it at the fastest speed I could possibly maintain for the whole route. I’ve never run so fast for so long!
This morning’s weigh-in: 185.5