It has been almost 4 years since fitness became an inseparable part of my lifestyle. I can't deny it I'm a gym junkie. If I have to skip a daily workout, it has to be a serious reason, otherwise I'm always on my schedule. Every single person has his/her own reasons to workout, but mine is happiness. Oh yes, that feeling after the workout when you can't feel your legs anymore and sweat is running all over your face that you can't keep your eyes open.. Gross, I know :) but I love that feeling! Not only it makes me happier, but I feel so much stronger, confident and healthy. If I don't workout, I feel like I'm missing something and really can't concentrate on anything for long until I get that endorphin rush. So yes, it also helps me to focus better on whatever I do. I will describe how my fitness plan looks like in short. First, I want to say that I've tried many classes and workout regimens, but I must admit I am now a fan of HIIT (High Interval Intensity Training). For those who don't know, it's a combination of various exercises, mainly depending on you own body weight, which has to be completed in some period of time as many times as possible. Usually, this type of workout is 30 minutes as it is very intense and personally for me, is better than a 3-hour workouts I used to do. First of all, it builds your stamina, secondly, results are obtained after 2 weeks you start and are better ( at leas equivalent) to those of tough workouts I used to do. And finally, hey, it's just 30 minutes! Looks like a workout for lazy people, because who can't find 30 minutes on a daily schedule to exercise? But it's definitely harder to do and requires a lot more commitment than heavy-lifting or cardio.
I myself do Kayla Itsines BBG program for already a year and a half. Although the program itself is 30 minutes, I usually do 15 minutes stretching and cool down afterwards. I do my HIIT workouts 3 times per week. In between, I try to alternate between spinning, sprints, swimming and lifting. Also, I do yoga twice a week to stretch my muscles and avoid sore muscles as much as I can and also to relax my mind. Sunday is usually my rest day.
Although Kayla's program suggests a strict Nutrition Plan, I never actually followed it completely. I do eat healthy and I don't believe in "cheat-meals". I have never kept a "diet" as I don't believe you should restrict yourself completely of things you really like. I indulge sometimes when I crave sweet, but I try to eat really healthy the next day. I'm not a fan of junk food, aka burgers, french fries and soda, so it's easy for me to stay away from those. I always try to find healthier options for desserts and make my own food most of the time. My plate is always "colorful" with lots of veggies and I always drink 4 bottles of water everyday. As I'm a forever-snacker, I try to keep fruits and protein bars with me when I'm out. My favorite pre-workout snack is a rye crispbread with peanut butter and banana and a post-workout snack usually consists of plain greek yogurt and berries.