7 Workouts I’m Loving This Summer

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on July 20, 2011

This past Spring, I challenged myself to include more variety in my workouts. After a long Winter, I found myself in a workout rut and I knew I needed to mix things up.

In May, I fell in love with Hot Yoga and it renewed my enthusiasm for trying new forms of exercise. Since then, I’ve been mixing things up almost everyday and my body is the happiest its been in a while! I thought I would share the workouts that I’m excited about this summer and maybe you can share what you’re loving too!

1) Spinning

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If running gives me the ultimate workout high, spinning is a very close second. In university, I signed up for a couple 3 month spinning classes and I fell in love with spinning almost instantly.

One of my June Goals was to incorporate spinning back into my life and I’m so happy that I got back on the bike! I’ve been going about once a week and I look forward to the spinning high every time.

My only complaint about spinning is that I tend to get groin/crotch pain from the seat. However, this time around, I’ve been wearing my padded Pearl Izumi bike shorts (that I wore during our triathlon training) and they help a lot.

2) Short Distance Speed Running

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Instead of focusing on long distance training runs and races like I did the past two summers, I decided I would focus on shorter speed runs this summer. I’m running a couple 5k races in the near future to celebrate my training!

Not only does speed training challenge my lungs, muscles, and mental stamina, but it also gives my joints a break from long-mileage runs. So far this summer, I haven’t had any aches or pains, which is a first for me when training. I must be on the right track…

3) High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) via hill walking

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Some days it’s just too hot to workout outdoors, so I like to hit the treadmill and sweat it out inside. When I first started blogging, I was in love with treadmill hill walking and it also got my body in shape for my wedding (along with resistance exercises). When I crank up the incline between 10-15%, it’s one of the most intense workouts that I do. When a walk is harder than a run, you know you are pushing yourself!

High Intensity Interval Training is exercise that involves intense bursts of exercise (e.g., sprinting) followed by moderate intensity exercise (e.g., jogging) repeated in an interval format. It’s great because you can squeeze a powerful workout into a short amount of time and it’s also said to increase your resting metabolic rate for 24 hours post-exercise. I like to do hill walking intervals alternating with slow jogs (with decreased incline) for about 30 minutes. For more info, see this post.

4) Body Pump & 30 Day Shred

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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not in love with weight lifting, but I love how it makes me feel (confident! strong!) and of course how it tones my muscles. I first started doing Body Pump back in university and I’ve gone through spurts with it over the years. I like going once a week and I also enjoy the Booty Camp Fitness and 30-Day Shred workout DVDs for a quick home strength workout.

5) At-home Yoga

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In May, I went to over 22 hot yoga classes in 1 month and I was completely hooked. I debated buying a class pass for a while, but as soon as the hot weather hit I found that I didn’t crave the hot yoga classes like I did during our chilly Spring. For me, Hot Yoga is more desirable during cooler months. Lately, I’ve been doing at-home yoga once a week or if I’m sore after a workout.

6) Whittle My MIddle

In June, one of my goals was to rock out 2 Whittle My Middle sessions per week and I achieved this goal for the most part (except 1 week that I bailed on it). My core feels and looks stronger than it has in a while. Now that I’ve built up my ‘base’, I’ve been doing weekly core exercises to maintain the work I did in June. I do about 5 minutes of core work per week (of these core exercises). It’s just enough to keep my core strong without having to devote too much time to it.

7) Hiking

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Don’t mind those two weirdos…you never know who you are going to bump into on a hike!

And don’t forget to rest…

My workouts would not be possible without 1-2 rest days per week. Rest days should be part of the weekly plan, just like any other workout!

And blizzards, lots and lots of blizzards.

What workouts are you enjoying this Summer?

 

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I received some exciting news that I’ve been nominated in Chatelaine’s Women of the Year Contest, in the Hot 20 under 30 category! I’m honoured to be nominated among so many amazing Canadian women.

I remember reading about this contest in Chatelaine each year and thinking to myself how much I would love to make a difference. And you know what? I told myself that I would never be able to. I guess it goes to show that our negative thoughts are not always right and we can prove them wrong.

Please check out the nominees and VOTE for your favs!

 

“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.” ~D.W.

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Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) July 21, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Congratulations on the nomination!!!!!!! You deserve it!!!

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Jessica July 21, 2011 at 5:36 pm

I am insanely happy for you! Your blog has made me feel normal more than once. It takes a special person to be able to make a difference in a complete stranger’s life.

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Lisa July 21, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I just voted for you!! I love Chatelaine too!

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Christine July 22, 2011 at 4:42 am

Congrats in the nomination, you deserve it! I love the quote at the end of this post, I never realized how much I stop myself from doing things because I tell myself I’m not one thing or another! You are definitely an inspiration and making a difference. You’re posts always help me to switch my brain over to positive thinking. I appreciate all the time you take to keep this blog going, thank you!!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 22, 2011 at 9:03 am

Thanks Christine!

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Heidi (Balance Project) July 22, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I also started Body Pump this summer and love it! : )

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molly grove July 23, 2011 at 9:39 pm

I like so many of those things. I want to say dont be afraid of weights. it is soo hard for women to bulk up and you especially wont if you are doing a class like that. its all about getting toned.
I am trying to make a deal with myself to do 500 abs and 100push ups every day in august. :)
thanks for being inspiring!

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ShopDropNRoll July 27, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Congratulations Angela!!! You deserve this honour so very much. You are such a beautiful and inspirational woman and I am so proud to know you – virtually of course! Best of luck and keep the wonderfulness coming :)

Ashley from Shop, Drop n’ Roll
www.shopdropnroll.ca

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Kristy July 29, 2011 at 8:19 am

I just found your blog via Mama Pea and I’m hooked! I LOVE this post! I’m a runner, but I’ve found during this heat wave running daily is becoming very difficult. I like to devote my early morning workouts to weight training and when it wasn’t a billion degrees outside, I’d take an evening run. This heat wave has put a HUGE damper on my evening runs. It’s so hot I usually come panting and sweating back home after a little over a mile :( I HATE running on the treadmill (when I’m running outdoors, I switch up my pace to keep my heart rate in check so I get frustrated with the treadmill).

ANYWAY, I guess what I’m getting to is that I’m excited to try your HIIT hill walking treadmill suggestion! I think this will be so much better because I can switch between jogging on a flat and then switching it up to a high intensity hill walk. Thanks for giving me a reason to look forward to the gym this evening! :)

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Lauren July 31, 2011 at 12:43 am

Hi Angela,
You truly are an inspiration! I took up body pump because of you (no kidding!). My hope is that I can continue to push myself to make healthy choices as you do. I love that you constantly go out of your comfort zone as well. Thank you for your blog – I will definitely vote for you!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 31, 2011 at 6:52 am

Thats great Lauren! Goodluck with everything!

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