This week was an interesting week for exercise. I’m not going to lie, most of my evenings were spent trying to figure out this car thing. I struggled quite a bit with finding the motivation to do exercise. I’m also figuring out that if I exercise at lunch, I shouldn’t be exercising in the evening. While I physically can deal with it, I don’t think that exercising again in the evening is really helping me. My muscles end up so fatigued that I’m out of luck for the next day. Still, I made my way through the week!
Sunday, June 12- I decided today that I’m going to focus on Kathryn Morgan’s Easy Ballet Barre Workout- I know that the work in my actual class will be far more difficult but this is allowing me to really work on my turnout, muscle memory, and general artistry. Plus, I very much enjoy the pieces she uses in this barre- Kathryn actually recorded all of the piano pieces in her workouts herself. I don’t think there is anything she can’t do…. I have found that actually changing into a bodysuit and tights helps me mentally be in the right headspace, and I’m getting used to the new bodysuits! Win win.
Monday, June 13- I went with my standard 20 minutes of running, and 10 minutes of stretching at lunch. While it doesn’t push me further, it’s a nice start to the week and gives me a nice boost of energy for the day (and for volunteering later).
Tuesday, June 14- Today, I sadly did no exercise. It was an evening of thinking, and planning. Unhelpful when I am preparing for a ballet class…
Wednesday, June 15- Slowly getting back on track today- I did a yoga class at lunch today at the gym again. I figured out that it was the full expression of side planks last week that caused my obliques to feel like death for four days. I enjoy the instructor though, and she seems to have good flow. I am excited for a new flow next, week though.
Then I did the Easy Barre from Kathryn, again. I’m really starting to see a difference from when I first started again a month ago. I’m maintaining my turn out, I’m slowly building up my arches again, my back muscles are supporting my arms, and my muscles are lengthening.
Thursday, June 16- Today was Zumba, again! I am still torn on the instructor- she doesn’t participate in the entire class, and continually complains about how she has to work Thursday through Monday. If you are teaching one Zumba class a day, you should probably actually dance the whole 45 minutes. And most of us work five days in a row. It’s not overly motivating. However, to focus on the positive- it’s a mentally easy but does work your body well. Sometimes a good bout of cardio is just what you need!
Friday, June 17- Another day off. I was tired, very tired, and I packed for the lack. Also, my arches are fairly sore, for pointing and flexing whenever I am just sitting.
My goal for this week is a barre or yoga every single day, until Friday. Saturday and Sunday will be very light, as I will be starting class on Monday. I want my muscles to be in shape but not exhausted on the first day!
Although this lead up has been physically demanding, I’m so happy that I have been able to get back into ballet. It was such a big part of my life for so long. I did need a break, but getting back into it is moving me in a positive direction. Also, ballet is one of the best workouts in my opinion, it works everything.
If you could only do one kind of exercise, what would it be?