The Balancing Act

First off, apologies for missing Thursday’s ab post. I barely squeezed in my workout after visiting a friend in hospital and picking up other friends from the airport. That means today is a double post.

Thursday’s Pinterest workout was:

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At first I had intended to do this workout as a circuit, but I was low on time. To make the workout a little more rounded, I started and ended with about 10 minutes of Zumba. The only new exercise to this routine was the seated leg scissors – which were much more challenging than I had imagined. I have found that for me the two most effective exercises are the butt lifts and the side v crunch. I felt them working straight away. Cheek-to-cheek planks were also pretty great. I used to be able to do them no problem – and I’m looking forward to getting back to that. This routine is definitely one I’d like to keep in my arsenal. It can be done quickly once through or used as a circuit. As for the original site this came from, Pinterest blocked it when I tried to click through, saying it may lead to spam. Sorry.

And then there was today – which brings us back to the title. I am always trying to balance getting in what I consider a good workout with not passing out while working out. As I mentioned last week, leg day is always cardio. Big muscles work hard and take up a lot of energy. But I love the sense of accomplishment when I finish a workout. Today, however, I didn’t finish. Here’s the workout:

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From the beginning, I was huffing and puffing. Those frog jumps are super effective. My quads were burning right away. I’m still a little shaky on my side planks, so I modified them by staying on my lower knee but lifting my bottom hip off the ground. As my abs and shoulders get stronger, it will get easier. The split squats were so-so. At this point, I prefer a regular lunge. Lateral single leg raises (or fire hydrants) were great. I kept my knee bent, but the effect was the same. Sumo squat jumps – felt the cardio, felt the burn. One legged rows were shaky – literally. After I caught my breath, I focused on keeping my core tight, and I stopped falling over. Love, love, love pliĆ© squat calf raises. For the bench glute raises I modified by laying face down with my pelvic bone to the floor, and squeezed my heels together. Love that one! Wall sit squats were a little odd. I think I’d rather do wall sits or regular squats. And I was just not coordinated enough for the lateral lunges. That’ll take some practice.

After pushing myself through the first set of 15 reps for the exercises, I felt beat. Thanks to the article 5 Ways to Tame Toxic Thinking and Negative Self-Talk from MyFitnessPal, I kept trying to positively motivate myself. I kept saying, “I can do this. I’m strong. I have what it takes.” But as each exercise progressed, I got dizzier and more lightheaded. When I stood up, I had to give myself a while to get my head back. Then I negotiated with myself. “Second time through, sets of 12, then sets of 10 for the third time.” Then I told myself, “Let’s break it up to mini circuits. Just get through frog jumps and side plank leg raises.” And I did. 12 frog jumps. 12 leg raises (each side). Then 10 frog jumps. 10 leg raises. And then a long break. I did the same with the lunges (because I had given up on split squats) and fire hydrants. But at that point I knew I needed to listen to my body. It was time to stop and let my brain get the blood and oxygen it was craving.

My latest theory is low blood pressure. The last trip to the dentist required a blood pressure check. My numbers were within “normal”, but on the lower end of normal. After reading a few different articles, it seems like a logical answer to my workout-induced nausea and lightheadedness. Most experts recommend slow transitions, especially when it comes to posture. The exercises I was doing today had me kneeling, standing, jumping, all in succession. My body didn’t know what to do. I’ll keep monitoring this and adjust as need be. It is always a balancing act.

Well, that’s it for today. Headed downstairs to bake some chicken and chop some veg. I’ll be back Monday with another upper body workout.