My Summer 2020 Do-Anywhere Workouts
My goal this summer has been to run and train every single day outdoors. Playing outside right now feels like the most natural, soul-satisfying medicine, and I really recommend it. It’s safe, and it’s the best stress relief I’ve found. Months of being cooped up and socially isolated during coronavirus have taken a toll on my family’s mental health.
As a mom, I worry a lot about my family’s health during the pandemic—my worry about this new abnormal eclipses my fear about the virus itself. And my worries about this virus are not small by any measure, it’s just that the toll of social distancing is more tangibly felt right now in our everyday lives. So I’m leading by example and making this a commitment for myself. Although I would love to lose those 10lbs that have crept up on me during quarantine, it’s not the point. The point is to do the healthiest, most grounded thing possible and to be present in every moment.
Being outside in unstructured environments feels so good that I’m in no rush to get my old fitness routine back. There is no waiting in lineups, no partitioned areas, and no equipment is needed – just getting outside and doing my workouts and getting some vitamin D while I’m out there. Unstructured play is what we all need, adults and children alike! Being physical makes us grounded.
The lululemon Strava Challenge in June really set my fitness back on track after relying on the comforts of snacks and daily afternoon naps to get me through quarantine. The dangling carrot of a discount code was such a great motivation to sign up.
The lululemon Strava challenge reminded me that I didn’t need a gym structure to get active or any special equipment. The most significant benefit of taking the leap with the Strava challenge was not my physical fitness but also my mental health fitness. I noticed it eased a lot of anxiety and tension, and I was finally sleeping better. Those positive benefits helped me better able to work from home with a full house. I’m now signed up to do the Virtual Seawheeze 10km, and although it feels like a stretch signing up so last minute, I know I can do it. That finisher’s medal will have extra special meaning for me.
I’ve added a full training routine to go along with my running, including some tough stair climbing for a good VO2 Max workout, and Tabata workouts. My kids and husband do the stair climbing with me daily, and my husband has joined me with the run challenges. The kids do one round of the steps and then wait for me to do a second or third lap. The stair workouts give me the pukey feeling about halfway up my second lap, so I know it’s a good one.
I’m throwing in many of my Crossfit bodyweight workouts and improvising a lot with a roster of different familiar exercises. Skipping variations has been in heavy rotation, ab workouts and squats too!
Another excellent resource for Do-Anywhere workouts is the lululemon community page on their website and their YouTube channel. It’s such a great resource! lululemon has been such a great positive motivator for me during this time.
The Coquitlam Crunch is a trail right in my own backyard. It’s a smaller version of the popular touristy ‘Grouse Grind’, but this one is totally free and has better views throughout. There are 890 steps (445 up, 445 down) and I do this almost daily anywhere from one lap to three.
There are so many possibilities for a Tabata/HIIT workout. Mountain climbers, burpees, crunches, squat jumps and box jumps are all heavy in my rotation. I also like using a Tabata generator app and a Tabata Timer App. This workout can be a quick 20 minute when I’m short on time, or a full 45 minutes.
Wunder Train High-Rise Tights & Crops
Swiftly Relaxed Short Sleeve 2.0
Free To Be Elevated Bra
Free To Be Serene Bra
The Wunder Train Tights and Crops are by far my favourite workout pants of ALL TIME. I love how supportive they are, while still having that naked sensation the Aligns have, and breathability. I’ve amassed several pairs now and they are my go-to purchase in the legging department. They are so streamlined and sleek!
This is the best relaxed fit workout top for when you want to be a little more covered up, and totally focused on your workout. I love how breathable and soft these are. This is a cozy top, but perfect for sweating in. I wear the Swiftly Relaxed SS for workouts, and as casual wear all the time.
The Free To Be Elevated is a brand new style designed to provide better coverage for the DD/E cup sizes. The Energy Bra has always been my favourite bra, but this new version is even better. I love the higher coverage at the armpit area and in my traps, which are a problem area for me. This is my running or jump rope bra.
Free To Be Serene is my more delicate bra that I love to wear layered under tanks that show my back. This bra is lower support and perfect for stair climbing, ab workouts and anything not super high impact like running for those of you that like high support. As a 34DD I find both of these bras as supportive as I need them to be for all of my workouts.
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Cristina founded The Sweat Edit in 2010. She lives with her husband, two daughters and two boston terrier fur daughters in Vancouver, BC. Cristina dabbles in many creative hobbies such as drawing, painting, and jewelry design which sometimes makes it's way here on the blog. Cristina enjoys various sweaty pursuits such as Peloton spin, olympic weightlifting and running.