What to do if a headache and stress have got you down? PIIT of course!

This weekend was a doozy. It started off going really well, but then some personal things got in the way and I ended up feeling very…bleh. Not the most descriptive term, I know, but I felt emotionally and physically drained, with a nagging headache. Instead of retreating and taking a nap (which is something I do sometimes), I pulled on my socks and shoes and picked a workout—It’s one of Blogilates’ Body tone bootcamps, but it’s pretty much PIIT28 style: 7 moves, 45 seconds each, with 15 second rest breaks in between for 4 rounds.

And I can’t forget my music, either! Music always gives some excitement to my workouts.

Whenever I feel stressed or frustrated, exercise always helps me kick the negativity away—it’s so therapeutic and I like killing two birds with one stone: as I was able to get a workout in while also physically releasing my stress. And I can’t forget hydration! Drinking enough water throughout the day can be tough, but water is so important for you! —and it also helps keep headaches away, at least for me this time!

 

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A pretty POPFLEX water bottle to keep me hydrated! (listed under Accessories: it’s great bc it doesn’t leave a watery puddle on my desk)

What do you folks do when you’re feeling stressed?

 

 

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Blogilates’ Body Tone Bootcamp: Review

School’s out and summer is upon us: that means beaches and bikinis/swimsuits galore! Blogilates’ has got you covered with her 6 Week Body Tone Bootcamp series. I really liked how she explained her process in naming the series–at first, she thought of names like “Bikini Body” or “Summer Body” bootcamp–but she changed her mind because we shouldn’t have to fit a certain ideal to feel good about ourselves! We should want to work out because we want to feel stronger and confident in whatever we want to wear. I followed the 6-week series, doing one video (repeating it four times) each week–while also pairing it with PIIT28 and running. (Oh, did I mention that I signed up for the runDisney 5k Summer series? I’ll talk about that later in another post!) I love how each video worked different sets of muscles and had that perfect intensity similar to PIIT28 so that I didn’t feel out of shape when doing actual PIIT workouts!

What I liked about this series was that its style is similar to PIIT28: 45 seconds per move, with a 15-second rest break in between–7 moves per set, doing four sets total! So if you decide to follow the series, you would do a 28-29 minute workout each week! The lazy girl in me just LOVES that about PIIT (and this Body Toning Bootcamp series) 😀

Also, because each video focuses one area–the burn is REAL. The toughest move for me was during the Elevated Leg Circles in the Legs Focus video:

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My booty and legs DIE during this move–I even have to take tiny breaks because everything BURNS so bad, especially during the Left Leg Elevated Circles, since my booty was already working to hold myself up. This one is torture for me, but in a good way of course, haha! Another thing that I like is that Blogilates continues to keep making more challenging videos! I’m never bored or thinking “wow these moves are way too easy!”

In my opinion, my favorite and most challenging video is the Arms Focus video. I feel like my arms are a more neglected area, so it’s really nice to find a video that solely focuses on strengthening my arms with moves like Tricep Kick ‘n Dips and the dreaded Triple pushup!

Another plus is that this series is apartment-friendly, which means no jumping around to disturb your neighbors below you! But even when there’s no jumping I still work up a sweat, especially during the Fat Burn Total Body Focus video!

The series ends with a lovely and really intense 18 minute Stretch and Flexibility Focus video, which leads into splits practice! I’m still working on getting into the splits, so I want to continue going through this video until I get there!

Overall, I highly recommend this series to anyone who wants to try something new with their workout routine! And if you enjoy it and want to challenge yourself even more, try the PIIT28 program! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment 🙂

The importance of stretching

I know we’ve heard this time and time again, whether it’s during a practice or before working out: “You gotta stretch!” I used to roll my eyes, do a few flamingoes and take off running. Recently, or ever since I did my second trial of #journeytosplits, I’ve found how beneficial stretching can be. I feel less stiff and tense the next day, and my performance is way better during workouts, especially during PIIT. I thought, “Hmm how much would it affect my running?”

So I tried Yoga with Adriene’s two videos: her Warm Up Sequence before my run, and

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her Cool down sequence right after my run:

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It helps SO much! Normally I feel my back and calves tense up, but since I took the time to stretch and warm up my muscles before running, everything feels a lot more relaxed and I feel more aware of my muscles as I’m running–in the good way, of course! The cool down sequence is also necessary to stretch everything out even more after working them during the run.

For those days when all you can fit in is 8 minutes…

…this workout is perfect for you! So I had a long day of classes 10-7pm plus weird traffic so I got home at 8pm, just plain exhausted. My mom’s friend who runs her own gym made this awesome and quick Tabata workout video, and I enjoyed it! I’m still sweating as a type this, haha.

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Fun stuff! My back is all sweaty

All you need is right here in this picture!

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  1. A chair
  2. A towel (roll it up)
  3. A desk!

And that’s it! There are 4 moves:

  1. narrow chair squats (with rolled towel or shirt between your thighs)
  2. wandering star
  3. pushups (against desk)
  4. chair dips

so for each move you do:

20 seconds work  + 10 seconds of “rest” (aka hold the move!)

Here is a link to her video if you’d like to check it out:

I love trying out new workouts! ^_^ Do you have any favorites? Let me know!