Phew. He-LLO Friday. Am I ever glad to see you!
I don’t know about you guys, but daylight savings time always seems to throw me off a bit. This coming weekend is a fairly relaxed one (I hope!) and while what I’m about to say may sound exceptionally painful to some, I’m already really looking forward to my 2 1/2 hour bike ride tomorrow morning. Something about these long rides just feels like therapy. I’ve got tunes all loaded up on my iPod and I’m ready to solve all the problems of the world (well, maybe just my own) in my head as I pedal away!
Speaking of workouts, it’s that time of the week again!
Work It Out
You know that super tired feeling you sometimes get when you’ve been sitting at a desk for hours, perhaps at work, or even at home? It’s not just you – it happens to everyone! There’s a few things at play here that play a role in making us feel sleepy:
- Our bodies need oxygen to function and to remain alert, and if you’re in a slouchy position at your desk, oxygen consumption is restricted.
- Depending on how consumed you are in any given project, you may forget to drink water. After a couple of hours, your body becomes dehydrated, which leads to to feel tired.
- Even though you’re not physically exerting much effort, your brain is! If it’s a really complex project you’re working on that requires lots of mental focus, your brain is working and that can make you feel mentally fatigued.
- Of course, what you’ve eaten in the hours prior matters too. If you’ve had a lot of sugar or a meal that requires a lot of effort for your digestive system to break down (think Thanksgiving turkey coma), you’ll most likely feel low on energy.
So what can you do? Move! There’s no need to have any equipment – just a bit of space and some comfy clothes is all you need for this one. Best of all, you’ll be done in 10 minutes and feeling energized again.
The 10-Minute Energizer Workout
Nothing fancy here – just do each move, one following the next. Feel free to modify if you need in order to make the moves easier, and be sure to focus on good form the entire time. (The reps don’t have to be fast – just make sure you’re doing them correctly.) When you’ve finished, have a big glass of water and notice how much more alert you feel!
Turn It Up
After I got back from Vegas last week I did some mayyyyyyjahhh playlist revamping, and today’s tune is one of the gems I stumbled across while looking for good remixes of my current favourite radio songs. I think I posted Ellie Goulding’s song Outside (featuring Calvin Harris) a couple of weeks ago, but this week it’s the Love Me Like You Do ATB Remix that’s got me all pumped up. If the video below doesn’t work, you’ll find it here.
Have A Read
- A beginner’s guide to triathlon – via Competitor. Such a great resource!
- Heart rate training explained – via Triathlon Magazine Canada. This one was written by my coach, Paul Duncan and does a great job of explaining the approach he’s got me following in my own training.
- 9 great yoga channels on YouTube – via Huffington Post. No need to go to a yoga studio when you can get these for free!
Now it’s your turn. Tell me…
- Do you get any of your workouts from YouTube channels? Which ones do you like?
- Are you good about taking breaks from sitting to get your body moving? The standing desk I have at work definitely helps, but I’m looking forward to warmer weather and lunchtime walks!