My Current Routine
If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that my breakfast every morning consists of oatmeal in some form, whether it is stovetop, baked, or pancakes! You might even notice that stovetop recipes appear more often than baked, and pancakes appear only once a week. Never fear, there’s a method to my madness.
While I normally don’t like to bore people with a description of my exercise habits, I figured I would share it with you because this blog is about my life as a whole! (However, please read the next paragraph carefully.)
***My routines and healthy habits are in no way a model. This blog is merely documenting my life and this is what works for me. All views and opinions that I express are my own, and should not be taken as the necessary steps towards a lifestyle change. The foods I eat and the exercises I do may not work for you, and that’s cool! If you are serious about changing your eating/exercising habits, please consult a nutritionist or medical professional.***
Now, onto the post! :)
Besides dance, my main form of exercise is running, because I think the cardiovascular endurance is very beneficial aaannd it makes me feel great afterwards! (Thank you endorphins!) I typically exercise 6 days a week with Sunday as my rest day. During those 6 days, I normally do a 25-30 minute distance run on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Since I’m not trying to “bulk up”, I usually end my runs with a quick but efficient ab workout. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I like to use the elliptical or do a short interval run for 20 minutes followed by moderate to heavy strength training. Now for dancers who normally don’t “lift” because we’re not trying to gain bulk, I’m talking about body weight exercises with medium-heavy weights incorporated. I realize the word “strength training” can mean a lot of different things, but this type of training works for my body.
I’m also an early-morning workout girl, because I like getting it done and having the rest of my day to myself. This happens on my distance run days. I’m on the treadmill or outside by 6 am, I run, and then dive headfirst into my bowl of oats. Tuesdays and Thursdays are my “sleeping in” days (I still get up at 6 haha) where I eat breakfast a couple of hours before my workout. I typically workout between 9:30-10 am on those days. **( Again, this is what works for me.)**
I think this is important for everyone though: ALWAYS STRETCH AFTER. Post-workout stretching improves flexibility and range of motion. When you don’t stretch after exercising, your muscles can shorten and cause cramping and discomfort. Nobody wants that, so pleaseeee stretch, even if it’s for 3-5 minutes! (My post-workout stretch is 10 minutes).
Okay, back to breakfast.
On my distance days when I eat breakfast after, I like having stovetop oats because they’re quick and easy when I’m really hungry. Since I’ve learned my lesson about not eating enough, I always add an extra boost of protein in my oats, whether it’s an egg white, protein powder, or Greek yogurt. I find that this keeps me full throughout the morning, and I’m a lot happier! :) On my “sleep in” days, I like getting up and making baked oatmeal because I don’t mind waiting the 20 minutes for it to bake in the oven. It’s so worth it!!
I believe the weekends should incorporate some “reward” food after a long week, so this is why I make pancakes on Saturdays. It’s an amazing breakfast to eat after a workout because it’s surprisingly easy, fast, and it definitely keeps me full until lunch. On Sundays I get up around 7am and still make oats, but I will cook whatever I’m feeling like that morning!
So there you have it, my current summertime routine. When school starts again it will obviously change, but I’m not worrying about that right now. As always, questions/comments are welcome! If you have a personal question that you don’t feel comfortable sharing on the blog, feel free to send me an email :)