Notice I didn’t say workout, but instead, wellness routine in the title? Fitness and healthy living go hand in hand. The first week of quarantine was on March 7th in the Bay Area, even earlier if you work for a large tech company like I do — we started our “stay at home” order the first week of March. While I (used to) travel all the time, when I’m at home, my wellness and fitness routine is everything to me. I’m very adamant about sticking to my calendar filled with workouts and filling my body with healthy foods and adaptogens. I freaked out knowing the inevitable was coming — gyms would soon be shutting down for months, and, at the time, we weren’t even sure how often we’d be able to get to a grocery store. I started freezing organic spinach and berries like a mad woman. What the heck was I going to do?! Not let myself go during this time, thats for sure. That said, I think its important to acknowledge the incredibly hard times people (almost everyone) are facing in some capacity. Friends are facing loneliness, depression, and severe isolation. You know what helps? Not making excuses each day, but getting a few endorphins in, whether its a heart pumping virtual class or a 30 minute lunch break walk in the sunshine. Just do it. Here’s my *new* regime. Honestly? I personally don’t think I’ll ever join a gym or fitness studio again.
*I’ve been trying to drink a large water bottle after waking up in the morning, and 3 by the time I finish my workout and sit down at my desk to work for the day. I continue to focus on drinking tons of water throughout the day. I’ve also been intermittent fasting, stopping eating around 8pm the night before, and breaking my fast around 11:30am with my green smoothie or a Pressed Juicery green juice with berries. Lunch follows around 1:30 or 2pm and is usually turkey, hummus, fiber crackers, and veggies sticks, or “brunch” whole grain toast with a veggie scramble. I try to surpass 600 active calories burned/day (which comes from active activity) tracked via my apple watch. It helps that I compete with my Dad and a few friends with this goal. 😉
You can read my morning routine here, shared when we weren’t in the middle of a pandemic!
Saturday: Peloton Strength class (40-50 mins) + walk at least 10k steps OR 3.5 mile run, depending on how my body feels from the past weeks workouts.
Sunday: Walk with a friend or Kyle, usually an urban hike in the Presidio or Sausalito hills – at least an hour and 30 minutes
Monday: Rest Day – 30 minutes of Peloton yoga. Sometimes 30 minute walk in the afternoon (I won’t achieve 600 active calories on this day)
Tuesday: Karma Hot Pilates Digital Class – 45 minute HIIT and hot pilates via the Karma Studio digital platform. Immediately follow class with 10 minute Peloton Arms series, 35 minute lunchtime walk.
Wednesday: Karma Hot Pilates Digital Class – 45 minute HIIT and hot pilates via the Karma Studio digital platform. Followed by 8 Minute Arms Series by Melissa Wood Heath Digital Platform. “Happy hour” walk with my best friend.
Thursday: Same as Tuesday, but I’ll take an early 7:15am live class instead of a pre-recorded one. They charge you $10 if you miss it, so this is a great incentive to get out of bed!! I’ll follow this class with another Peloton 10 minute arms class, and do a 35 minute walk at some point in the day — Thursdays are by far my busiest days at work, so I workout the earliest on this day.
Friday: Hour+ Presidio Hike in the morning with piping hot collagen coffee in hand. Will get the rest of my steps in cleaning the house and grocery shopping in preparation for a relaxing weekend.
Notes on Digital Fitness Classes:
Karma Yoga has an incredible community feel and is a full body workout! $30/month for unlimited livestream and on-demand classes.
Melissa Wood Health I’ve had a subscription to her service well before the pandemic as you can do these low impact workouts anywhere. I loved them when traveling, and I usually add on a short series to all of my daily workouts. First month is free, $9.99/month.
Peloton App I must admit, I did give in and buy the bike as I don’t think I’ll be going to a gym ever again, and believe it was a good investment for me. That said, its backordered until June, so I’ve been taking advantage of their strength and yoga classes on the app! You do not need a bike for these. First 3 months are free right now!
Sending you all healthy vibes and positive thoughts!