Working In Fitness While Working Fulltime: Part Three

This past week I had a running struggle. It was like Mother Nature knew when I was out to get out of work to run and decided to rain. I didn’t want to keep me away from being able to get my cardio in so I decided to try something new—self-defense. I’m not talking about practice kicking some guy in the nuts, but rather learning how to actually throw a punch at an opponent with either arm. I also learned how to block and dodge so you don’t get stunned by a hit to the head.

Mind you, this was the difficult part. I’m definitely not one of those graceful woman warriors you see on TV. My right arm is forceful and accurate; whereas my left is wet noodle. It was hard getting used to it and I’m still getting the hang of it. However, I feel more confident knowing that I can (somewhat) protect myself. I’m sure the more I do it, the better I’ll get. Nothing wrong with practice!

Nowadays everyone should know some sort of defense. The scary stories we found on the internet in middle school are nothing compared to what we hear on the 5 o’clock news. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a city or in the rural areas—almost nowhere is safe from predators. Now before we tie tinfoil on our heads and shut ourselves away from the world, we should always know one thing. We shouldn’t be ashamed of who we are whether we are tall, short, strong, weak, or anything else in between.

It feels good for the soul practicing to be able to defend myself at any time. It’s one step closer to making sure I’m safe and relaxed in any environment.

Working in Fitness While Working Fulltime: Part Two

I got to admit it. It’s not easy to workout with no music. I know a few people who are able to be successful with this. However, I’m definitely not one of those folks. I enjoy anything that is upbeat and fast to help me fight through cardio. Here’s one of my go to running playlist.

  • Unstoppable by The Score
  • Thunder by Imagine Dragons
  • Money Run Low by The Score
  • Calabria 2007 by Enur
  • GDFR by Flo Rida
  • #thatPOWER by Will.I.Am
  • Cheap Thrills by Sia
  • Shape Of You (Stormzy Remix) by Ed Sheran
  • Get This Party Started by Stevie B
  • DJ Turn It Up by Yellow Claw
  • That’s What I Like by Bruno Mars
  • Let’s Be Friends by Emily Osment
  • 100% Pure Love by Crystal Waters
  • Rock That Body by Black Eyed Peas
  • Warrior by Havana Brown
  • Just Hold On by Steve Aoki and Louis Tomlinson
  • Black Beatles by Rae Sremmurd

Enjoy!

Working in Fitness While Working Fulltime: Part 1

The first in my fitness series! I’m excited to share the experiences of trying to balance work, life, and fitness! I am in no way a professional at any of this. This is from my own experiences. My advice may or may not work out for others as it did for me.

We all have those days. You know the ones I’m talking about. The week full of what feels like Mondays and you can hardly keep your eyes open sipping on your coffee, or third, of the day. The absolute last thing you want to do is go home and workout. It’s so much easier just sitting down and scrolling through endless amounts of tweets, statuses, and pictures.  It’s hard gathering up the motivation to go to the gym or head out on a run. I know I felt those feelings, especially starting out.

The biggest advice I can give to anyone working those long 40 hours is to SCHEDULE in the time you want to work out. It helps a lot when you make out a routine block of time that you devote to working out.  If you’re a morning person, get up a few minutes early and get your body used to the change.  However, if you’re like me and want to sleep as much as possible in the mornings then scheduling it after work may be a little easier. The moment I come home, I put on my workout clothes and head out the door. I even keep an extra set of clothes and shoes in my car on the days just in case I feel like running somewhere else.

Second piece of advice is to start out small. I feel like you’re more likely to give up if you’re trying to start working out more and doing a complex workout alone. I started out by running a few blocks around my neighborhood and worked my way up from there.

Join a class if it helps. I have done a few classes that interested me like yoga and spinning. It helps when you have an instructor who is wanting you to reach your full potential.  On the other hand, they can be pricey. The “cheaper” option would to have a friend who workouts with you. You can motivate each other and empower one another to keep going.

Only you can make that difference in your life. You cannot expect results after only one week of working out. It takes dedication to keep up and going on your routine. It’s estimated that it takes 66 days for something to become a habit. There will be times you want to give up and it’s okay to have skip days but make sure you get back on the next day.