Winter hibernation is a real thing, especially since moving to Norway where it’s that bit colder and darker. Let’s just say, it’s never that tempting to head out in pitch dark to go to a class, nevertheless running in the park! On top of this, as many of you already know, I’m in the middle of renovations, so at the moment there hasn’t been much time for anything else. When that said, working out has always been a priority of mine, so I always make sure I make time for it, be it 15 or 50 minutes. Fortunately, ever since I realised that all kinds of high intensity and various HIIT style routines, or long-gruelling sessions on the treadmill (all of which I used to dread to the core) – is the complete opposite of what my body actually wants and needs to achieve results – I have finally found a routine which consists of result-driven exercise which I now look forward to doing (always a good thing). Life is too short to forcing your body (or mind), to do anything you don’t love – in the same way that you will get way better results when you’re actually doing something you enjoy! So here it is, my simple, and most importantly, enjoyable winter workout routine.
CURRENT WORKOUT REGIME
Monday – Reformer pilates
Tuesday – At home yoga
Wednesday – Reformer pilates
Thursday – At home yoga
Friday – Reformer pilates
Saturday – Walking
Sunday – Walking
I started reformer pilates again back in July (I used to do it quite a lot back in the day, pre-pregnancy), and it’s by far, my favourite class/work-out activity. It’s low impact, amazing for posture, toning, strengthening, alignment and also excellent for pre and post-baby. I only wish I had started sooner after having Rio, as I had so many back, abs and postural issues post-pregnancy, and the road to recovery hasn’t been fast, but it’s been so effective. Slowly, each month, I’m getting stronger and with that, I am feeling more toned and aligned, and pretty much, pain-free. I aim to go at least three times a week, and not just for my body – but for my mind; these classes have become a real escapism for me, and my own version of disconnecting and de-stressing.
AT HOME YOGA
As reformer pilates is so effective and intense for your whole body (you’re constantly building muscles), it’s been really important for me to incorporate it with regular yoga, to fully stretch and lengthen. Although reformer pilates does this as well, you tend to flow through much quicker, whilst with yoga the postures are held much longer.
Two times a week, I jump on the mat (sometimes accompanied with Rio, who’s started to know a lot of the moves – so cute!). Some of my favourite channels include Alo Yoga, Yoga with Adriene, Melissa Wood Health (there is a monthly subscription fee on this one, but it’s honestly amazing) and Tara Stiles – all of which incorporate classes aimed for all levels and areas. Yoga’s not only good for my body, but regular practicing ensures my mind is clear, calm and focused.
This is a pretty easy one, we walk every day right? But going back to the power of mind, and doing something not just for your body, but for your mental state – is certainly giving me all the better clarity and long-term results. Since re-locating to Norway, which has such an active, outdoor lifestyle, I’m doing more walking than ever, especially in the weekend, where we aim for at least one, but often two walks in the woods/parks or down by the fjord.
Lots of fresh air is so good for my soul and my body, and I’m so happy that I have finally come to a stage in my life, where I’m no longer counting how many miles I have run or how many reps I have managed, but just moving with total ease and enjoyment (and when that said, I have never felt stronger or better in myself).