One thing I love about blogging is that it motivates me to try new things and change up my routine. I have always been the type of person to stick to what’s comfortable or what I’m used to. But now, whether its food or exercises, I consistently find myself wanting to experiment with new things.
This mornings elliptical workout was brought on simply by reading Ashley‘s post yesterday. If you’ve been around for a while, you know about my hips. If not, you can read about it in the About tab. Anyway, I love to run, but I’ve been having pain lately and have really failed to focus on other sorts of cardio.
I have kind of been lying when I say that I’m on the elliptical. There are different types, old and new, at my gym. I typically go on the one that doesn’t have a crossramp, it just has the resistance. It’s a bit easier, you still use your arms, but it doesn’t have any incline. I used to hate the “real” elliptical because it just made my legs burn so bad.
After this 30 minute elliptical HIIT workout, I feel like I’ve been missing out!
At first it was weird trying to figure out a rhythm but it’s really the same as the treadmill. Speed and incline, same difference!
It’s been so long that I guess I didn’t realize how much muscle I’ve built up in my legs. It seemed easier and I felt as if I could increase the crossramp and resistance much higher than I used to. I got a great workout from it and finished it off with 15 minutes on the treadmill. You know I had to squeeze that in there.
So I’m still living off of my HLS swag and I haven’t even used any of the coupons we received yet.
I threw together a smoothie with the following ingredients:
1 cup coconut milk
ice (maybe 8 small cubes)
1/2 frozen banana
a handful of raspberries
1 scoop natural SunWarrior protein powder
1 packet Amazing Grass GREENSuperFood (HLS swag)
I topped it with Cascadian Farms dark chocolate almond granola (yes again, HLS swag) for some crunch.
I’d also like to point out that the only reason I have coconut milk (not to say that I don’t like coconut milk, because I do) is because they were all sold out of the boxed Almond Breeze milk when I went shopping for hurricane Irene. It’s amazing, most of those people have probably never had it but know it’s non-perishable (until you open it). They better not catch on and realize how awesome it is and leave none for me!
I am posting this late because I had vendor appointments for work all morning. Which means, it’s already lunch time! Weeee! Smoked gouda rocks my socks.