Weekly Workout Routine

 Since around December, I've been sticking to a pretty strict workout routine to get ready for my spring break trip to Sanibel (that is this week!!). I thought I would share my routine for a typical week. I like to mix it up each day because I get bored really easily. I made up my own routine in my Notes for abs and arms that I included in this post. I find a lot of my workouts on Pinterest, so I'm planning on doing a post in the near future rounding up my favorites.

Monday // HIIT
My sister and I share a personal trainer and we do a 30 minute HIIT session with him every Monday. Even though it's only 30 minutes, interval training is really challenging! I've learned a lot of different leg/ab workouts from him that I can carry over into my workouts on my own.

Tuesday // Legs + Abs
For my cardio on Tuesdays, I like to get on the treadmill. I'll usually jog at a high incline for a little while, then bring the incline down and sprint, and keep switching off for about 30 minutes. After this, I'll do abs. I find most of these workouts on Pinterest, but some of my go-to workouts are planks, V-ups, Russian twists, and toe touches with a med ball. For legs, I like the leg press and adductor machines and doing different kinds of squats and lunges with a kettlebell. 

Wednesday // Arms + Abs
If I've done the treadmill on Tuesday, I'll usually do a 30 minute interval workout on the arc trainer/elliptical. This is my favorite cardio to do at the gym. I'll do a different ab workout than the day before and then move on to arms. For arms, I usually do the reverse fly, shoulder press, and chest press machines, as well as some kind of workout with dumbbells. 

Thursday // Spin Class or Legs
I found a spin class at my gym that I love going to on Thursday mornings before school. I can't always get myself out of bed at 5AM for this, so if I don't go, I'll do cardio and a different leg workout than what I did on Tuesday after school. I try not to focus on abs everyday, but I like to at least do a few one minute planks and side planks also. 

Friday // Rest Day
Friday isn't always my rest day depending on my schedule for the week, but usually I'll take one or two rest days in between. I plan my workouts around whatever else I have going on and switch it up accordingly.

Saturday // Outdoor Run
Now that it's warmer and nicer outside, I try to do a 4 or 5 mile run outside one or two days a week. If it's extra nice outside during the week, I skip the gym and come home and run. My goal is to run a half marathon in October, so I'm making more of an effort to get on the road. I always tend to run more outside in the spring and summer. My favorite app to track my runs is Nike+ Running.

Sunday // Full Body
I try to get in a long, hard workout on Sundays. I do a few minutes of extra cardio and a little bit of everything. I mainly focus on abs and then do a little bit of legs and arms.

I don't do the same thing every week, but it's really important for me to stick to a routine and be accountable to working out 5-6 days a week. I also try to sit in the sauna and stretch before and after my workouts a couple days a week. Here is a link to my workout playlist on Spotify that keeps me motivated and is always changing! I love to sweat and working out almost every day is like therapy for me! Stay tuned for a post on all my favorite workouts from Pinterest in the near future.


How to Make Time

The best skill that I have developed in high school is learning how to manage my time. Because I have done many activities and kept up with my school work, I feel prepared for college and being able to balance my social and academic lives. Today I'm back with a post on my best tips for managing your time. The biggest excuse (that I make at least) for putting things off is "I just don't have time right now!" Well, the truth is, it is absolutely possible to make time even when you think you don't have any.

1 // Plan on Sundays
On Sunday night, look at your calendar and see what you have going on what days and what times. If I see I have a game Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I block out time for that, and usually I'll block out an hour or two on Tuesday and Thursday to study for upcoming tests and work on big assignments. Going in to school Monday morning with a plan for the next five days makes accomplishing tasks manageable and allows you to make the most of your free time. 

2 // Set blocks of time
I've said it before, but my agenda saves my life. Get an agenda and write everything down. I usually block out time at school for finishing little homework assignments or activities, which leaves my time at home for studying or writing papers. On a typical day, I block out time from 3:30-5 to be at the gym and 7-8:30 to do homework, which leaves the time in between to eat dinner or scroll through Instagram.

3 // Prioritize
Figure out what matters the most to you, For me, it is important to block out time to workout. So I commit to working out before or after school by writing it down in my agenda. During basketball season, it was a priority for me to be at the games, so I wrote it down and planned working out and homework around that. To me, writing something down on paper means that accomplishing that goal is non-negotiable for that day.

4 // Make the most of your time at school
This is the most important thing for someone that is busy in high school! There are many days when I've had free time or study halls during a class where I have 45 minutes of uninterrupted time to do work. When you are sitting at school scrolling through Pinterest (guilty...), take that time to knock out some work instead.

5 // Make sacrifices
Being productive and making time for what's really important doesn't come without sacrifice. It can be hard to miss out on a Tuesday night game or dinner with friends, but sometime, you have to put these things off for the weekend to stay on top of assignments.

6 // Figure out what works best for you
Learning how to manage my time has allowed me to learn a lot about myself. I work my best in the morning after a little coffee and I don't mind waking up at 5:00 in the morning to hit the gym before school. I also know I can't get a lot done at night after a long day and I have to be in bed before 10:00PM if I want to be a functioning human in the morning. When you learn more about yourself and how you work, finding time gets a whole lot easier.