A lot of you have been asking what I do to stay in shape so I'm dedicating this blog post to my workout routine!
Running has always been my favorite workout. The runner's high is amazing, and I love how you can run anywhere. A few years ago, I qualified for and ran the NYC Marathon and Boston Marathon and a bunch of half marathons. When I was training for the marathons, I would do long runs ever so often but I knew it wasn't good for my body. I felt my body breaking down after I hit the 12 mile mark. It's a hard balance because you're told that you have to do some long runs to prepare yourself for the marathon, but you also don't want to injure yourself before the big race. I didn't follow a training program but most programs tell you to incorporate a couple 20-22 mile training runs. I didn't go past 16 miles during training, and the races ended up going well! It's so important to listen to your body :)
For the last year or so, I've made sure that I haven't done more than an 8 mile run. It may sound silly but after doing longer runs, it was hard at first for me to get a runner's high during an 8 mile run. If you just finished marathon training and you're in the same boat, I definitely recommend setting a mile limit for post-race workouts. I wish I could run everyday but I know that the high impact isn't good for my knees. I would rather have a really good 8 mile run in 70 degree weather on the beach twice a week than try to run everyday or do crazy long runs and end up injuring myself. On the days I don't run, I go to the gym and do other forms of cardio like the StairMaster, elliptical, and arc trainer. My time at the gym flies by because I treat cardio as time to answer emails, post on social media, and respond to comments. This helps me a lot with time management because once my workout is done, I can focus on recipe development and getting other things done rather than being on my phone all day.
Last summer, I added barre to my workouts, and I'm a huge fan! It's a great way to tone your body with low impact. For the last three months, I've been going to Barreworks Studio nearly everyday, and I love it! They have 3 studios in Santa Monica, Brentwood, and Redondo Beach. Barreworks is a total body workout. The classes focus on your hips, thighs, seat, abdominals, and arms, forming long and lean muscles without bulk. It's easy for me to know what to do for cardio but it's harder for me to know what core work and strength training I should do. When I go to a barre class, I don't have to think about anything and just follow along. The studio and teachers are AMAZING - thanks Renay, Sami, Katt, Ali, Natalie, and Stephanie!
Barreworks is different from other barre studios since rather than just doing Barre Sculpt, they also offer Barre HIIT and Barre Cardio aka classes where you SWEAT! The HIIT class is all about keeping your heart rate up, and you go back and forth between cardio work and sculpting. The Cardio class adds in some dancing which is fun. I love that every class is a bit different so your body stays guessing! You can make modifications if you need an extra challenge or if you need to take it easy - it's YOUR workout. I feel like I've gotten leaner from barre. These small movements really do add up. I have seen the biggest difference in my abs - my core is much stronger, and I have more definition there. Barreworks is one of the more challenging barre classes in the area which I love! Hope to see you guys at the barre!