alternative workouts

Back to Biking

I tried to remember the last time I was on my bike (for real) . And it was when I was pregnant with Logan. I think I was in the middle of my second trimester. I was starting to feel vulnerable on the bike commuting to work and so I stopped. And then I never got back to it. It got complicated–home with a newborn, sleep deprived, then when I went back to work I was pumping and had to haul a ginormous hospital grade pump and supplies to work with me and it wasn’t feasible to bike.

As Logan got older I thought I would pick it back up but I just never did. Our life got busy and taking Logan to daycare and picking him up complicated things and took up time, time I didn’t have to bike to work.

I’d go for bike rides in the neighborhood periodically but it wasn’t the same.

Being at home, the gym closed, I had to get creative with my workouts. Thankfully, the weather has been getting better here in Oregon so I was able to dust off my bike. I pumped the tires, they weren’t completely dead! And have gone for a bike ride once a week since this started.

Getting back to “biking shape” takes time. Trust me. Your butt and parts will be SORE (even with padded bike shorts). Your shoulders and neck will be sore from the positioning of a cycling bike. But each times gets easier and you are less sore. So I am taking it easy and only doing about 7 or 8 miles at a time, just to get used to sitting on the bike again.

So far, Fridays have been my biking days. I still work out 5 days a week (run one day, weights a few days, walking a lot, bike one day, etc). I miss swimming SO MUCH. Like so much. πŸ™

I take an early lunch break from work (teleworking) to avoid the crowds outside and go for a bike ride.

It’s so great! It feels great to be back on the bike again. I am definitely going to figure out how to do it once a week when we go back to work…eventually…I need a bike rack for my car. Then I figure I can drop Logan off at daycare, park at the park and ride nearby and then bike to downtown from there. I just need to get used to doing 20 miles again. So this is good practice.

Friday was a perfect, gorgeous day in Portland! 75 degrees and sunny! I wore a tank top and shorts. <3

Biking is great. I love it. It’s good exercise. It’s fun. I feel good. I love getting outside. I can listen to my podcasts while I do it. It’s “me time” when I don’t have any “me time” right now (I know you all feel me on this right now). Part of me misses the days when it was just Michael and me and we used to 40 miles in a day around the city and then go out for a giant Mexican food dinner with our favorite beer (that restaurant has now closed, which SUCKS). Of course our life has changed in so many ways, so many GOOD ways. Logan is amazing and he goes on “Bike rides” with Michael every day (on his balance bike). I’m really looking forward to the days when Logan is on a REAL bike and as a family we can bike to downtown Oregon City and have dinner outside at the pub and eat bratwurst in the sun and then bike home.

For now, Michael and I take turns on our bike rides so the other one can watch the little gremlin (who misses his friends and teachers at preschool something FIERCE) and Friday night we had brisket that Michael smoked outside on the Traeger. Despite the horror of our current situation and Michael being laid off, life is good.

Life is good…

<3

Quarantine Workout

I wanted to check in with everyone. How is everyone doing? How is your mental health? How is your physical health?

This is definitely a trying time for everyone. Some states are locked down. (Oregon is.) I’ve been working from home since March 14th or something like that. I think the last time I went to my gym was March 12th. Then it closed.

I am super grateful that our new house is bigger (it’s twice the size of our old house, which was about 1200 square feet) so we can ALL find a space in the quarantine if we need to be alone. I am definitely one of the those people that likes my alone time. Don’t get me wrong, I love my family and want to be with them, but mentally and emotionally I also need “me” time and away time and the gym was some “me time” that I don’t really have access to now (my gym closed pretty early on during the covid-19 pandemic).

When we moved into the new house last year we had space for a home a gym. This was something on our “must have” list when we were house hunting. Not so much for me because I had a gym membership, but definitely for Michael because he’s not a gym guy and likes working out at home. So our basement in the new house has a space that we’ve designated as The Gym.

A family friend gave us their treadmill (for free!!!) last summer. So that’s awesome. Michael already had a weight bench, so that’s there. We have a bunch of kettlebells of different weights. Michael set up his bike on the bike trainer. We have a big TV down there so we can watch our shows while we work out (that definitely makes the treadmill tolerable). We have fans, a bosu ball, some free weights, a medicine ball, foam rollers, a pull up bar, and various random “gym” type stuff.

The ceiling is kind of low (it’s a basement) so we can’t do things like jump rope down there–but we can do jumping jacks! I bought some foam interlocking mats that help designate the gym and make it more comfortable.

So what am I doing right now?

M/W/F/Sat/Sun are my workout days.

I alternate my days where I run on the treadmill, or I walk on the treadmill with the treadmill at an elevation and I put weights in a backpack and carry that (last time I did that it was 15 pounds in my backpack) so it’s like “hiking”.

For weights and stuff:

  • Kettlebell swings
  • Pushups
  • Bicep curls
  • Step ups (I use the basement stairs) with bicep curls
  • Overheard triceps
  • Triceps dips
  • 1 leg Romanian Deadlifts
  • Deadlifts
  • Bent over rows
  • Shoulder Press
  • Pec Fly
  • Chest Press
  • Toe Touches with weights
  • Bird Dogs
  • Bicycles (abs)
  • Glute Bridges (variations: 1 leg glute bridge, glute bridges with weights)
  • Planks
  • Cobra stretch
  • Mountain Climbers
  • Jump Squats
  • Squats
  • Jumping Jacks
  • See Saw Press
  • Side Lunges
  • Reverse Crunches
  • Kneeling dumbbell halos
  • Clams

These are all things I can do with free weights or kettlebells, so that’s good! It’s definitely better than nothing!

Michael and I are back to doing yoga. It feels good! We bought a subscription to an app that we really like (on Black Friday) because the free videos we found online weren’t really good. Even the popular ones. But this app is GREAT! I highly recommend it. You can choose what kind of yoga workout you want to do, how long, what area you want to target, etc.

Working from home Monday – Friday and keeping a regular workout schedule has DEFINITELY helped me mentally, emotionally and physically during this shut down. When I’m stressed about all of this, I clean or workout and it helps. It distracts me, keeps me off social media, gets my endorphins going…it helps a lot. When the weather cooperates I bike or go for walks.

QUESTION: How has your fitness changed?