Happy New Year, everyone! Charlotte and I are so excited to kick off the year at B.Well with a brand new post about our workout routines & advice! To be very honest with you, it sounds cliché and almost feels silly to go along with everybody else this time of year with a post on exercise. But! Just like with everything we do here on B.Well, we’re approaching this from a different angle. No challenges, no New Years Resolutions, and definitely no shame. This post is all about inspiring you to tune your workouts to your unique life and everything it throws at you. Ready to jump in?
Embracing Different Workout Styles
The first thing that should be said is that Charlotte and I both have different workout styles. (We’ve tried working out together and…yeah that just didn’t jive.) We’re both competitive in our own ways, Charlotte is more aggressively so, and I am passive. So you know who walked all over who during the workout session. Surprise! It was me! Perfectionista wins out every time. Haha! Okay, enough behind the scenes fun. Today we’re going to break down our different preferences & tips for incorporating exercise into our everyday lives.
Charlotte’s Workout Style
These are the kinds of workout routines Charlotte likes to pick from on a weekly basis. She works out 2-3 times a week with rest days in between. (We switch out days so one of us can have access to the itty bitty exercise room.)
- Dance Cardio with strength training (30 min)
- Body Toning Dance Cardio (25 min)
- Body Toning Dance Cardio (30 min)
- Brief Yoga routine every night before bed (Update: I will not be practicing Yoga poses any longer due to important information disclosed by a commenter down below. Links are provided for your own research on this matter.)
- Charlotte only chooses workouts that are fun, energizing, and push her moderately so that she can mentally handle it.
- She does not get down on herself if she is “less than” as far as strength/ability goes.
- If the workout is not fun, enthusiastically lead, or mentally engaging in any way, she won’t do it. Period. Even if the routine is “out there” as far as moves go, she loves it! She realizes that so long as she’s behind a closed door and no one ever sees her, she enjoys the freedom to move, dance and spin however she wants!
Charlotte’s Workout Tips
- Only do as much as you can handle NOW
- Don’t let other’s standards influence your’s if you are in a different life spot. I have different standards than Jess because I have a different body than her’s! Choose a workout style that suits your body type, and don’t let others dictate what you should or shouldn’t be doing…(to a point. You do want to observe basic exercising principles like not under- or over-exercising. Workout within these safe guidelines.)
- If your week is too busy to do a workout, just go with the flow. In other words, don’t let exercise dictate your life. 😉
- I never exercise when I’m sick or feel “off.”
- I’m a believer in workouts that empower me! Starting my day with a fantastic, fun routine makes me totally come alive and helps me feel like I can do anything! That means not pushing myself to the point of exhaustion, but also not doing a routine that is boring and feels pointless. There’s a balance. 😉
- If you have siblings who workout too, but maybe you just don’t jive together, for sanity’s sake it would be a great idea to figure out some sort of schedule so you don’t butt heads. Believe me, I’ve got experience enough to know that unhealthy competition can be toxic! Exercise as a team, or exercise solo. Do what you know is best for you.
- I love to diffuse Peppermint or En-R-Gee when I’m working out. It really pumps up the motivation and endurance.
Jessica’s Workout Style
These are the kinds of routines I like to pick out on a weekly basis. I workout 2-3 days a week with rest days in between.
- Kickboxing Dance Cardio (30 min)
- High-impact Dance Cardio with Targeted Strength Training (40 min)
- High-impact Cardio with Weights (30 min)
- Freestyle Stretching, sometimes Yoga (10-15 min nightly) (Update: I will no longer be practicing Yoga. Please see comments below to learn our new perspective on Yoga. Links are provided for you to read the surprising and eye-opening history of yoga and its connection to the evil pagan religion of Hinduism)
- As a perfectionist, I like to challenge my whole body to be strong, flexible, and adaptable.
- My patience level is much different than Charlotte’s. If a workout isn’t long and hard, and my limbs don’t feel like jello by the end of it, I tend to not like it as much. I’m all for “quality of time.”
- I don’t mind being influenced remotely by other people’s workout routines. For instance: I tried out Charlotte’s choice of Dance Cardio last year, and fell in love! It takes care of flexibility, cardio and sometimes strength training all in one routine! And best of all, it’s fun! In years past, I’ve loved exercise for how it makes me feel, but I didn’t know my mind could be entertained at the same time. 🙂
- I challenge myself to go farther every time I work out. On the flip side, I’m highly in tune with my body, so if it says too much, I slow down/back off.
- I don’t work out when I’m sore, so I stretch at night instead.
- I never workout when I’m sick. If I’ve got the sniffles, I don’t even stretch because breathing is the other half of stretching.
Jessica’s Workout Tips
- If you’re new to exercising at home, pick a well-lit space that can be “all yours” for at least 30 minutes of the day.
- Workouts can be very personal “self-care” times. So I totally recommend closing the door so you can feel at liberty to do exactly what feels good to you!
- I believe it is totally toxic and unhealthy to be shamed into doing a new workout just to prove something about yourself. The purpose of a workout is to keep our bodies in good running order. It should never be a guilt trip. If you have ever been shamed into doing a workout routine, stop! Re-evaluate your own value as an imager of God in Christ and go from there. (Confession time: Early on, I used to let myself be shamed into working out. It was a very unhealthy time for me. I sacrificed my much of m femininity because I was ashamed of what I looked like and who I was as a woman. This is pure evil. Don’t ever listen to such lies.)
- Like Charlotte, I am also a total believer in starting my day with a good workout! Rarely, however, do I work out before Bible and breakfast. I need my steam! 😉
- If I’m doing Yoga, which is rare these days, I love to incorporate prayer into my practice! Especially if I have the moves down. Otherwise, I save it for the meditation at the end. (Update: We will no longer be practicing Yoga in any form due to the dismal truth shared by a commenter below.)
- Since I work out at home, I rarely spend money on workout clothes (same for Charlotte). I like a tank top and leggings best.
- I love to diffuse Peppermint and/or En-R-Gee while I’m working out! Panaway (diluted) is my go-to after a workout. It’s also my key oil blend for rest days. 😉
Be the Best You there Is!
I hope you have enjoyed and been inspired by this peek into our personal workout routines! I know it is fun to learn from other people, especially those who you can trust. It is our hope that you are able to glean from what we’ve learned and use it to enable you to be the very best, strongest, most fun You there is!
How did this post inspire you?
What is your workout style?
Ever thought of diffusing Essential Oils while you exercise?
Blessings! Jessica B.
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