After yesterdays 27,000 plus steps, not to mention a vinyasa flow yoga class before, a slow stroll into town for coffee on the path leading to Waikiki beach was the extent of my walking on my day 2 of the 5 day warrior.
The beach called and we sat at the ocean edge where fun in the sun with a good book won out. I finally hit the gym late in the afternoon and did a few sets of reps for my major muscle groups with 10 quick minutes on the rowing machine. I would personally opt for outdoors any day of the week instead of an indoor gym but strength training has far-reaching benefits as well which is why cross training is crucial.
Mixing up your workout routine adds variety, helps prevent injuries by reducing repetitive movement where injuries are born. Stability, core, balance, flexibility, strength, and endurance are all part of being functionally fit; simply meaning moving with ease and function in your daily activities so you can perform the tasks in your everyday life. Variety is the spice of life.
First and foremost form is crucial to create a strong solid base minimizing injuries. Think shoulders, hips, knees and ankles in one straight line with feet hip width apart for a perfect gait in all of your activities. This keeps your posture in optimal position and your pelvic and shoulder girdle in proper alignment with your core muscles intact minimizing stress on your joints, tendons and ligaments.
We only have so much cartilage in our bodies and at some point we become aware of this so make sure you take precautions with shoes that are supportive with good cushion and stability, mix workouts up, stretch, and rest. Think cardio 3-4 days a week, strength training 2 which can be a combo of yoga, Pilates and weights with daily balance and stretch and you have an optimal workout plan.
I ended the day doing Qui Gong, Tai Chi and a few yoga postures sitting on the deck overlooking the ocean and city while fireworks lite up the sky in a rainbow of colors.