Edited to add: I meant to publish this early Monday morning but was having blog issues! Should be up and running now! 🙂
Hey guys! I hope you had a great weekend. Anything new and exciting go on? We had a real mixture of a weekend – relaxing and also active. A little bit of everything which is just what I always like. It was, in many senses, #moderation365 of the fitness variety! When I last discussed this concept (with the term coined by Jill Coleman), I focused mainly on the idea of using moderation as it relates to food, but the concept works in terms of fitness too!
Take this weekend, for example. Saturday morning I planned to go for a run, but my body chose sleep and hanging around the house. I worked on some business stuff, connected with some clients via email, cleaned the kitchen, but really didn’t do much. I saw many people working out and getting their long runs accomplished as I hung out inside on a pretty beautiful day.
It’s TOUGH not to compare, isn’t it? This could easily turn into a post about comparison and how you simply need to DO YOU, but that’s for another day (and it’s been done before – so many great posts about this already!). But there is so much value in listening to your body and making sure your workouts are also done in moderation.
Although I didn’t do much in terms of getting outside for a long run or pumping iron on Saturday, but I did do a short upper body and core workout – just something I felt like doing because I simply wanted to:
It felt great, wasn’t intense (I took my time), and added some movement into my otherwise sloth-like day. (And let me know if you give this one a shot!) And being a sloth is okay sometimes! I think the idea that everything we do needs to be aggressive and hardcore simply doesn’t serve our bodies well.
The following day, I worked!
Hiking up…and up and up. Lots of vertical in the back country with Mikey and our friends Warren and Ash! I really pushed the last one and flew up the skin track – it felt so good to huff and puff, heat up quick (on an already warm day) and want to take my layers off I was so hot from hard movement!
We returned to an amazing back country ski spot on Spray Lakes Road (for any locals reading) and went back to our new favorite bowl. It served us well, considering the temperature has been so warm for January (like +16 * C when the average is normally -2 * C!) and the snow was like mashed potatoes. Higher up it was not so bad, but there were other parties out there too enjoying themselves despite the sloppy conditions, which I love! People of all ages (most were in their 50s, actually) just getting out, moving, being in community and enjoying the day. Sounds about right to me!
Warren and I on our last climb up.
We came home, were starving since we hadn’t eaten a ton (enough to fuel our day but nothing for the car ride home when the hunger strikes!), and enjoyed a delivered pizza! A few slices plus a giant salad and half a grapefruit for me hit the spot, and thus concluded our weekend of rest and rejuvenation in the form of movement with friends!
Our bodies need rest. They also need movement. You need to find what works for you and choose the right balance of both. How do you know what you need? I go by the 10 minute rule: If you’re tired, try a workout. If you don’t feel better in 10 minutes, give yourself the day off. You know the difference between needing to push through tiredness from a long day at work as compared to needing rest and to take a break. Remember that the concept of #moderation365 works in everything! Your commitments, your fitness, your nutrition.
Was your weekend balanced in the food, fitness, rest and rejuvenation realm?
Our weather has been so great recently (well, wonderful in the city, not so great for the mountains!) that I filmed a little outdoor track workout (just on my iPhone – nothing too fancy!) for you guys. So check back in this week for a bodyweight workout you can do anywhere! Until then, live well & be well!