Monday, March 26, 2012

Boring Cardio But Fun Veggie Grilling

Moving It
I had sort of hoped to get in a run at lunch with Jason today. But I definitely needed to rest both my heel and piriformis. So, I hit the gym instead. Since spin is out, the cardio was pretty boring - hello elliptical.

I did the elliptical for about 40 minutes then did 3 rounds of a tabata session using kettlebells and body weight. It probably didn't actually help my piriformis one bit, but I couldn't stand the elliptical for a minute longer. It was a super simple workout as I hadn't exactly written it down. I just chose 4 exercises for a circuit that was repeated twice  before a break so each circuit (with break) is 5 minutes.

You do each exercise for 20 seconds followed by a 10 second rest before moving to the next exercise. After all 8, you rest 1 minute.

Kettlebell swings
Kettlebell figure 8's
Alternating front lunge holding kettlebell in both hands chest level
Squat thrust with pushups

Kettlebell swings
Kettlebell figure 8's
Alternating front lunge holding kettlebell in both hands chest level
Squat thrust with pushups

Tabata and HIIT workouts always seem a little daunting until you get started. Then they seem to fly by quickly. Definitely more exciting that steady-state on the elliptical.

Stretching and Grilling
When I got home from work I actually did a short yoga for runners workout from OnDemand. It's more about stretching really, not a full yoga workout. But it definitely felt good to stretch out even more than I normally would.

After the yoga session, I then went on to my regular stretching and rolling routine, which took about 30 minutes. It was definitely needed, and worth the extra time. I wish I could squeeze in 2 long stretching sessions a day. Or maybe figure out how to embrace yoga.

I do, however, try to stretch periodically throughout the day. I can easily stretch calves, quads, even hamstrings at my desk. But apparently I need a lot more. Not just quick stretching here and there, but really long, slow, stretching sessions.

Anyway, today was just too nice again to not grill out. Plus, I don't really need to many excuses to grill out. I love cooking outdoors and just enjoying the fresh air and beautiful weather. I kept it fairly simple tonight and just went with a grilled veggie salad. It is National Spinach Day after all, so I had to get in my spinach right?
I grilled up bell peppers, portobello mushrooms, yellow squash, and zucchini as well as tempeh that I marinated in a balsamic vinaigrette. I tossed on some cherry tomatoes mostly because I had them on hand. I also grilled up some homemade Wheat French bread (which I am now out of) to serve on the side.


Daily To-Enjoy List:
  • Sunshine
  • Warm weather
  • Grilling out