I had a choice to make, go ahead and work out or skip a day. Now, in general you shouldn't work out when you are sick from the neck down (i.e, you can't keep fluids down...when you add on exercise during that time you'll totally deplete your body) or when you have a fever. But since I was pretty confident it was migraine related I normally go ahead and do something light. However, not being sure I couldn't take the risk of missing work today so, yes, I took the day off. And it's killing me. I'm pretty sure I'll do double workouts on the weekend to make me feel better.
Now, you're also probably thinking it's good to have a rest day. That's also true but I'm doing Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred and it's meant to be done 30 days in a row without a break. Why? Because they are only short 30 minute workouts.
Onto another random subject...because that's what we do when things aren't quite right in our little workout head. FitnessRX. By far my favorite magazine. And yes, it's also another magazine that the hubs has watch duty for. Did I just hear a collective gasp from all the runners out there? Sorry, gals, no Running World. As much as I'm getting to love running, my first love is and always will be lifting weights. I love me a little muscle. Okay, a lot. Medium. Perfect. But if I have to make an admission, the running gals are by far more supportive. Hugs.
And back to FitnessRx. There is an article in the February issue called Flat Abs: Top Secrets of the Pros. Now my abs are looking pretty decent these days since I've added running and have been more consistent. I just have that lower pooch that is buggin' the heck out of me. Here are the two pieces of information that I love from this article that may be helpful for you:
- Jaime Baird says "It took about a year of solid training and dieting to make my abs visible. For most of my life, I ate improperly, I thought I was eating healthy by having protein bars and packaged 'healthy meals,' but the sugar and sodium content of those foods made my abs invisible." Thank you for your honesty, Jaime! I get so tired of hearing women claim they got a six pack in three months from this, that or the other. No you didn't! You were probably eating clean or doing something else right before you started said miracle program. It makes us "normal" women frustrated when we don't get a six pack in three months with that crap floating at us. When I get frustrated and feel like I'm not making progress, I'm pulling out Jaime's quote. And adding another year on since I'm almost twice her age. LOL
- The bulk (no pun intended) of competitors swear by interval cardio and at times seem be totally opposed to steady state cardio. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to read that "India begins every day with cardio." Okay, great, they all do but here's the kicker...she runs seven to 10 miles six times a week! Yes, this figure competitor is a runner! It makes me feel so much better because the interval thing hasn't been working for me but the more days I run the better I'm looking. So now if I can only get back to morning runs, I might hit the perfect weight lifting / running / food trifecta for my body.
What is the longest number of days you've worked out without a break? What's your favorite fitness/running type of magazine?