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 songâ€™s beats per minute (BPM). Thereâ€™s a whole science behind workout music â€“ did you know? Faster music makes you work harder (which could be a good or bad thing; bad if youâ€™re pushing yourself too hard), and slow music usually makes you go a bit slower.
This Runnerâ€™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 doesnâ€™t encourage you to speed up; for example, â€œPump Itâ€ by the Black Eyed Peas (which is 120 BPM)
Halfway Point: Something slightly faster; for example, â€œGirl Gone Wildâ€ by Madonna, which is 133 BPM
Final Stretch: The fastest BPM to keep you motivated; for example, â€œAre You Gonna Be My Girlâ€ 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. Canâ€™t wait to go back to RUNNING to Pitbull! Iâ€™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.