That song is creepy.
Anyway, WELCOME BACK, FRIDAY! I would say I have missed you, but this week went by way fast. I can’t believe it’s almost February already. I better get started on preschool Valentines!
Favorite indoor workouts.
My Cliff’s Notes answer to this question:
ALL OF THEM.
So this is more of a list of 5 of my favorite workouts in general. Some of these might happen outside sometimes, but just not right now.
Because January. I hate you, cold weather.
1. Hot Yoga
It has happened outside once or twice, always at some point between June and August. Hot yoga of any kind is definitely one of my favorite ways to work out especially during the winter months for obvious reasons. I went to a class on Wednesday and walking into the studio was like a huge sigh of relief.
I always prefer my classes hot to not. The heated room allows my muscles to warm up so much faster and stretch so much farther. It’s excellent for flexibility. My favorites are hot vinyasa classes which are typically heated to around 90 degrees and Bikram which is 105.
Here’s something that only happens inside. (To me anyway…I think I recall Courtney saying something about an outdoor barre class once or I’m going crazy.)
I’ve only gone to barre class about as many times as I can count on both hands – mostly because it’s preposterously expensive – but I have never been disappointed by the workout I get while I’m there. I will never forget my first class when I thought it looked like a piece of cake and then I couldn’t walk down the stairs correctly the next day.
3. Body Pump
Also strictly an inside thing, Body Pump has quickly become a cross train of choice. Up until I started going to class back in August I hadn’t done much with actual weights and relied heavily on body weight for strength training. I love it because I can actually SEE how much stronger I’m getting in the form of the plates that I’ve been able to add on to my bar.
One other odd thing that I’ve noticed since I started taking Pump: my chair poses at yoga class are pretty much perfect now. That was an area I’ve struggled in for years. I’m guessing it’s all the squats.
SO many squats.
4. Aerial Yoga
Let me begin by saying that if you ever have the option to attend an aerial yoga class, do not ask questions…just sign the waiver (because they will make you do that first) and jump right in. It is arguably the most consistently enjoyable class I’ve ever taken. How can you NOT have a good time when you get to suspend yourself upside down from the ceiling in trapeze fabric?
All fun tricks aside, aerial is an incredible workout. The support of the fabric allows you to bend and stretch farther than you might normally be able to. It’s a great upper body workout as well.
5. Don’t Judge Me…
I love it. I really do. I know I’m not the only one either (Sue).
It’s freaking freezing outside. More power to all of you who like to freeze your eyelashes in sub-zero temps, but given the choice between that and wearing shorts in my comfortably heated gym while watching TV, I’ll let you guess which direction I’m going. Those 12 miles I ran last weekend in the ice and slush were out of pure desperation for wanting to get my long run out of the way. If my gym had opened on time I probably would have been there instead.
In hindsight I am glad I got that long run in outside though because I have already been on the treadmill all week and looking forward to the 6am temp tomorrow morning (12 degrees/-5 windchill/15MPH winds) I’m pretty sure that’s where I’ll be for my 9 miler too.
I cannot wait to run in Florida next weekend!!!!
Are you a chicken like me when it comes to running in the cold? Have you ever tried aerial yoga? Barre? Body Pump? Do you find that song as creepy as I do?
I hope you all have the best weekend ever and STAY WARM!