Good Stress & my 30 Minute HIIT Treadmill Workout

Hi friends!

Life has been a little crazy recently, so I’m sharing a HIIT treadmill workout that has provided me with some stress relief. Since we got engaged, I’ve been moving out of my apartment and into Will’s place. It has been a long, drawn out undertaking – because I have SO many things to move, donate or throw away. While it is nice that I have been able to slowly move things over a few weekends, and I have Will helping me, life feels a little discombobulated when your belongings are split between two locations.

Good stress?

On top of that, we have started searching for wedding venues, work has been busy and I’ve also been studying up on how to take my blog to the next level (woohoo!). Don’t get me wrong. Life is good. I don’t have much to complain about, and I feel fulfilled in so many ways. But, I can’t help but feel stressed that so many things are happening at the same time. It makes me wonder – can we be stressed from good things? And is that ok?

I wanted to share my thoughts to let you know — if you feel a little stressed out, even if it’s for all good reasons, you’re not alone! It can be helpful to remember when stress comes from positive things that there are wonderful things happening in your life. It is ok to admit to your stress. But, I have found that turning my stress into gratitude and reasons to be thankful makes me feel much happier and content with a stressful period in my life. A little stress here and there can also be normal, even if it’s from things you are so happy about. The key is to check yourself, accept the stress, lean into it and create some moments of peace or relief throughout the stressful time.

My HIIT Treadmill Workout

Stress Relief with my 30 min. HIIT Treadmill Workout

I find peace and confidence to work through the stress when I workout. My go-to stress reliever has been running and working out (which I shared with you in February), and it has continued to be a healthy outlet for me recently. A couple of months ago, I created my own HIIT (high intensity, interval training) workout for the treadmill and I have really enjoyed it on a few recent rainy (or super-pollen-ated!) days. The great thing is, I can modify it for the elliptical if my knees are bothering me or even increase the speeds and inclines if I’m feeling extra energetic.

Why I love HIIT workouts

HIIT workouts are my favorite because they get my heart rate going quickly, and I enjoy breaking a sweat when I workout.  I typically start with a HIIT run for about 30 minutes and follow it with 20 minutes of body weight resistance exercises, like jump squats, planks, mountain climbers and push ups. HIIT training is thought to help burn more calories, strengthen your heart and even help you lose weight faster. Personally, I have found HIIT has allowed me to gain strength and endurance.

Have you tried HIIT workouts? I’d love to hear if you’ve experiences some good things in your life that have stressed you out, and how you worked through it.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

P.S. Here are a few of my favorite running shoes. What’s your favorite shoe for running?

 

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The Skinny on My Workout Routine

Hi friends!

Since I shared my workout philosophy and favorite workout gear last week, I’d like to share more about my  workout routine with you all. So here is the skinny!

How much do I workout?

I workout 5 or 6 times each week. My workouts range from 25 minutes on an elliptical to 90 minutes of cardio and weights. Usually, my workout is in the middle of those two ranges–about 50 minutes.

What’s my typical type of workout?

Each week, I do at least one HIIT class at Orangetheory. The rest of the time my workouts include running around my neighborhood, doing cardio at the gym (mostly treadmill or elliptical), weights at the gym and at-home, weight-free exercises. It’s a bit of an eclectic mix, but I will cater my workouts to what works best for my schedule. The average week in workouts looks like: 1 Orangetheory class, 2 runs outside and 2 gym workouts and 1 home workout. The weight-free exercises I do at home consists of an array of exercises I have found on Pinterest and YouTube. If you haven’t checked out Blogilates or Tone it Up on YouTube, definitely check them out.

How did I work up to my current routine?

When I decided I needed to workout more a couple of years ago, I began by setting goals. I made a running mileage goal for the year and calculated what that equated in miles to run each month. I track my monthly goals on the Nike+ Run Club app. As I mentioned last week, I currently aim to run at least 60 miles each month. My goal began with 42 miles per month and 500 miles in one year. I am goal-oriented by nature. For me having monthly goals, as opposed to a weekly goal,work best. It gives me the leeway to have a light week if my schedule is crazy, and then make that up the following week.

What’s my secret to staying motivated and on track?

The most effective way to keep myself motivated is by putting my workouts in my calendar and planning at the beginning of the week when I will workout. Having that game plan in my mind helps keep me on track, and getting calendar reminders about my workouts keeps me feeling motivated. Pinterest is another key way I find motivation. About once a week I look at workout tips or workout clothes on there, and pin my favorites. Reading magazines about healthy living, also keeps me motivated. Lastly, I track how many miles I run on my shoes with my Nike app and reward myself with new shoes and new workout clothes when I hit 350 miles in my shoes.

I hope this insight is helpful for you. Of course, this is the routine and the things that work for me. Some of my routine may not make sense for you, and that’s totally fine. If you’re trying to get into a better workout routine, my advice is to be realistic with yourself about what will work for you and don’t be afraid to try different routines to discover what you like best.

I’d love to hear what your workout routine is like and if your routine has any similarities or differences from mine. If you have any questions or would like more information about any of my workout, just let me know and I’ll give you the scoop.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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My Workout Philosophy & Style

Happy Wednesday friends! Working out is one of my favorite things. Some people might give me weird looks for saying that, but it is truly the outlet that gives me energy and keeps me sane. So I would like to share with you all my workout philosophy and style.

Before we dive in let me first acknowledge, that I have days when I don’t feel like working out. After a super long work day or when I have gotten out of my normal routine, it can be hard to make time for your workout routine.

But regardless, working out is a valuable way for me to sweat out my stress, contemplate what is important to me, find more confidence and re-focus on my goals. I totally agree with people when they say their workout is like free therapy! Working out has gotten me through some tough times, when I felt defeated and my confidence was low. For me, putting energy into creating a physically stronger body has given me a stronger mind.

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This shot is from a recent trail run I did with Will. I’m wearing a Lululemon top and crops with my Asics.

It took me a solid year to get into the workout routine I’m in now; and it is constantly evolving to keep things interesting. I have been active my whole life, but I definitely had to adjust my workout routine when I started working and when I was working full-time and in graduate school part-time. Currently, I run 60+ miles a month and workout an average of five times a week.

I will share more about my workout routine next week. Today, I wanted to share some of my favorite, frequently worn workout gear.

 

Z by Zella Movement Tank, $6;  Lululemon Align Pant II, $98;  Nike Zoom Pegasus 33 Sneaker, $110;  Lululemon Swiftly Tech Racerback, $58

Old Navy Go-Dry Graphic Tank, $15;  Zella Hatha High Waist Crop Leggings, $52

Lululemon Wunder Under Hi-Rise Crop, $88;  Asics ‘GEL-Kayano® 23′ Running Shoe, $160;  Old Navy Go-Dry Cool Racerback Tank, $17;  Zella Power Live In Leggings, $75

These items are great if you enjoy running, going to HIIT classes and lifting weights, like me. There are some more flows workout clothes in style, but for me, I feel like flowy shirts get in my way. That style is more suited for you if your workouts entail more slow-paced workouts like pilates and yoga.

At any rate, I have enjoyed all of these items. The Old Navy and Z by Zella tanks are a great value. They have held up quite well. I like to invest more money in my leggings because I have longer hips and legs than the average person, so cheaper leggings tend to cut into my hips or slide off while I run.

So, what is your workout for philosophy? What types of workouts and workout clothes do you most enjoy? Please share and stay tuned for more on my workout routine and classes that I take.

Cheers!

SC

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