Hey wonderful readers! Here is a quick workout post for ya ❤
Now that I have filled you in I wanted to write a post about my exercising habits. Boring? You know it! But I wanted to share such an exciting thing with you! Haha anyways…. I try to go on four (or more) runs a week and on the days I don’t run I take a long walk. My runs last an hour but I try to pace myself and I do walk intermittently too! I have always hated running! Don’t get me wrong I am in shape but I just get so bored from running. If you are not up to running yet that is totally fine! Don’t sweat it at all! The best way to run is to run/walk anyway (5 minutes running and then a 1 minute walk to rest). I have learned that I hated running so much because I didn’t know how to pace my body throughout the run. This summer I found the perfect route to take on my runs. I get 30-40 min of pure running and then I walk for 20 min. I am running farther and I am getting an amazing workout. Thankfully I don’t feel dead afterwards either. I timed myself one day to see how long each of my running and walking segments are.
My running schedule:
10 minutes running
1 minute walking
10 minutes running
5 minutes walking
10 minutes running
4 minutes walking
5 minutes running
15 minutes of walking
This schedule really works for me! I start out running a lot and taking short little breaks and by the end I am getting longer breaks. It helps when you can focus on when you are getting a break. At the beginning of a run you will not necessarily need a break immediately. But by the end of the run it gets more difficult to keep going.
If you are not near this exercise point in your recovery that is totally FINE! It took me a long time to get to where I am now. I just want you to know that all of “this” (“this” being the crap POTS puts us though) can get better and it will. Exercise is key! Exercise every single day. If you can only go on a walk for 10 minutes that is great too! Your blood needs to get moving. It may take a while but you will get to the point where you can walk for 20 minutes and then 30 minutes and then maybe you will try running (Teddy just started running again! Go Teddy!). I know recovering in #1 on your list right? So exercise, eat salt, and drink TONS of water. I have the smallest bladder and I drink water constantly which means I also have to pee ALL THE TIME! Water is good for you! It is good for your skin, body, and POTS!
When you are preparing to workout give your body preparation time. Two hours before your exercise routine get in the right mindset. This is just acknowledging the presence of that dark cloud above you called exercise. I am getting ready for a run while I write this. Find a good time in the day for you to workout (workout= some form of cardio). For example, I have the most energy in the afternoon so I go on runs between 3-5. I wait a good two hours after I eat because I will be tired while my body is digesting. That is why it is good to eat small proportions of food. I want to say I drink around 5 large glasses of water before my runs (if not more). When I need a boost I will have some pedialyte or gatorade too. I know I am throwing a lot of advice at you so do with it what you will because you know your body better than anyone.
Like I said, I like working out in the afternoon but I can’t always do that. For example tomorrow let’s say I am working from 1pm-8pm I won’t possibly be able to fit in an afternoon run BUT much to my dismay I can fit in a run at 11. Plan your exercise a day in advance if you can. If that isn’t possible do not even worry about it! If you are busy all day then take a day off from working out. I recommend planning some sort of exercise for each day that way if you have a few yucky days you can take that day off.
Now you are thinking, “Pie this blog post says Let’s Go On A Run PLAYLIST so where are the songs?”. Well my dear reader you are completely right! I wanted to throw in a few tips (which turned into an avalanche of advice) and then show you my running playlist. If my run were a movie this would be it’s soundtrack. I normally go through playlists as often as my bladder needs the toilet. BUT I have made the ULTIMATE PIE RUNNING PLAYLIST! I don’t know how I did it honestly….one day I just put it together and I have been using it for months. You may not understand how monumental this is. I get bored of the same songs very quickly, just not these songs, thankfully. *looks at empty cup (time for more water)
So here we go!
1. She Is The Sunlight by Trading Yesterday
2. Big Black Car by Gregory Alan Isakov
3. Broken Stereo (Acoustic Version) by Sean Fournier
4. Merry Go ‘Round by Kacey Musgraves
5. Sweater Weather by The Neighbourhood ❤
6. Rooftop by Melissa McClelland
7. Terrible Love by Birdy
8. I’ll Never Forget You by Birdy
9. Cough Syrup by (I have the glee version lol sung by Darren Criss)
10. Hero by Regina Spektor ❤
11. One Of The Boys by Katy Perry
12. Flapper Girl by The Lumineers
13. Dead Sea by The Lumineers ❤
14. Bedouin Dress by Fleet Foxes
15. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes ❤
16. Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
17. Bleeding Out by Imagine Dragons
18. Demons by Imagine Dragons
19. Nicest Thing by Kate Nash ❤
20. Every Few Days by Theo Katzman
21. White Picket Castle by Theo Katzman
22. Brooklyn by Theo Katzman
23. Country Bachroads by Theo Katzman ( He opened for Darren Criss’ concert!)
24. I’m Through by Ingrid Michaelson ❤
25. Ghosts (Demo) by Florence + The Machine ❤
26. Stop and Stare by OneRepublic
27. Dear John by Taylor Swift
28. Speechless by Lady GaGa
29. Six Feet Under by Jon Auer
30. More like Her Miranda Lambert
Workout time ❤