On the subject of strengthening your brain, the article linked above shows the benefits of doing puzzles, brushing your teeth with the wrong hand or driving a different route to work. While I don’t do it often, I do realize the importance of not doing your daily tasks in a fog. I have often driven away from my house and thought I didn’t turn off the oven, close the garage door or whatever because I did it all without noticing.
Your workouts can be the same way. Your body gets so used to the routine and goes through the workout without paying attention.
I decided that it was time for mixing things up this weekend. I usually go for a long run and then take the next day as a rest day. This weekend, I took Friday as a rest day and then went for my long run on Saturday. My run was 7.5 miles and it was rather great. Then, on Sunday I went to the gym for a combination workout – 30 minutes on the elliptical, a mile run and then my favorite yoga class.
I have no idea how much my body appreciated mixing things up, but it also helped with my mental attitude. It was fun to do something different. The workout went by in a flash. The endorphins from the back-to-back workouts were fantastic. On top of that, I’m noticing some nice improvements in my yoga workouts. Yay!
I’m going to continue my mixing it up plan this week with my first cross-fit workout with my police officer friend. I also plan to add an extra easy run in to my schedule this week. Keeping my mind and my body strong and on its toes.
Speaking of challenging my brain – I pulled this out this weekend…
Yes, I know how to knit. However, it’s a hobby that’s been collecting dust for a long time. It’s taken a big back seat to blogging and reading books. But, it’s a perfect hobby to pick up while watching the Olympics. Sad news: I had forgotten how to cast on… had to go watch a video. I’m making a simple wash cloth, needed something I can finish quickly as I don’t know how long this window of time will last.
When was the last time you mixed up your morning routine or workout plan? Ever brush your teeth with the wrong hand? Or actually leave your oven on?
I'm Carrie, a married mom of two in Southern CA. I made my health a priority a few years ago and am passionate about nutrition and fitness. I blog about running, food and my life and all of the ups and downs that all brings. Thanks for following my journey. Contact me: carrie [at] familyfitnessfood [dot] com