On the agenda: do the Walk the Dog Workout. Reality: Just walked the dog. Still counts though!
As mentioned yesterday, my sciatic nerve (the long nerve that runs from your low back/butt down your leg) is killing me, due mostly to pregnancy weight gain. Obviously, any sort of compression (standing, walking) makes it worse, so I thought walking and doing 30 minutes of squats and lunges was a pretty stupid idea. Just walking was okay, though!
My absolute FAVORITE workout station on Pandora is Pitbull. Pitbull and I share Miami roots. The funny thing is that most of the Pitbull songs are way too fast for a walking workout. I get really into the song and want to run so my workout matches the song’s beats per minute (BPM). There’s a whole science behind workout music – did you know? Faster music makes you work harder (which could be a good or bad thing; bad if you’re pushing yourself too hard), and slow music usually makes you go a bit slower.
This Runner’s World article has a great breakdown of ideal BPM music according to the stage of your workout. Some highlights:
Start: An upbeat tempo that doesn’t encourage you to speed up; for example, “Pump It” by the Black Eyed Peas (which is 120 BPM)
Halfway Point: Something slightly faster; for example, “Girl Gone Wild” by Madonna, which is 133 BPM
Final Stretch: The fastest BPM to keep you motivated; for example, “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” by Jet, which is 209 BPM (whew!)
Fun fact: Most songs fall between 110 to 140 BPM, which is ideal for low to moderate intensity workouts. Can’t wait to go back to RUNNING to Pitbull! I’m ready for you, Mr. Miami!
Double-decker egg sammie:
Fruit and vitamins (prenatals and vegan DHA):
Speaking of workout music, what is your current favorite workout song? Mine is definitely this jam by Flo Rida and Sia, which happens to clock in at 129 BPM.