Working out consistently plays a big role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, especially for someone like me who likes to eat a TON of carbs.
I love using my Peloton for workouts because there is such a wide range and so many styles of workouts! There's something for every kind of person and helps make things feel more approachable when it comes to finding a consistent workout schedule.
In March 2019, my husband bought a Peloton. (We did the monthly payment plan, and pay close to $100 a month for the plan + Peloton membership so we basically look at is as if it's like we're paying for a gym membership!) It sat in our office for a couple of weeks and I dreaded the idea of climbing onto it and sweating. At this point in my life I was NOT working out at all, I was eating pretty unhealthy and wasn't happy with my appearance. I was also having trouble sleeping and experiencing a lot of anxiety.
I finally hit a breaking point with the rut I was in and climbed onto the Peloton a few different times. Once I found the right style workouts, instructors who I resonated with and that played music I enjoyed...I started to really look forward to working out and I went from going years without exercise to working out every single week...consistently for more than an entire year! Still going strong on that same streak and it's been life changing.
Intervals and Arms Rides
I LOVE intervals and arms rides because these classes have a few short arm sections between all of the cycling. It's a great way to catch your breath while still working hard on another part of your body. I'll link a few of my favorite classes that I've taken several times since the start:
All my fave groove rides are taught by Emma Lovewell who is one of the instructors that I vibe with a lot. I love all of the music she plays, especially in her groove rides! Groove rides are so fun, and lightly choreographed which means there are a few different moves like tapping your booty back to the edge of the bike seat, or hinges where you bend your head down and up from the handlebars. Everything goes hand in hand with the beat of the music and once you hit those moves along with the beat it's that much more motivating and exciting. Here are my favorite groove rides:
Low Impact Rides
Low impact rides have been my favorite type of ride to do while pregnant. They are also great for days when you want to get a good sweat in, but not push yourself too hard. I do the 10 minute low impact rides on days where I'm really not feeling a workout, and the 15, 20 or 30 minute low impact rides on days where I'm looking for more of a challenge and a workout that will feel more fulfilling. Here are my favorite low impact rides:
All of the prenatal Peloton workouts classes are taught by Robin Arzon! During my pregnancy, I paired these prenatal strength workouts with low impact cycling rides. Robin is full of energy and highly motivating. Working out during pregnancy has helped me to feel strong mentally and physically and I know it's helping me to prepare for labor, delivery and recovery!! Here are my favorite classes:
These ones are mostly just because I loveeee the playlists!! Music can truly make or break any ride and I always have to be feeling the tunes to be feeling the workout.
It's so important to stretch, every Peloton instructor will mention that in every kind of class they teach. If I'm really not feeling a workout day, they're a great way to move the body and no where near as hard as an actual workout. Here are some of my favorite stretches:
Strength: Arms and Light Weights
I love the arms and light weight workout classes and almost always tack one onto every cycling class that I take!! I notice most instructors use the two pound weights but the ones I have are three pounds!! Here are some of my favorite arms and light weights workouts:
Love that there's the option to do different length core workouts! From 5 minutes to 20 minutes, so many good options. I keep finding myself going back to Olivia Amato's core classes, I really like them and I love the music she plays.
Amazing with or without noodles - that's something I feel like I rarely say since I am such a carb lover!! Lol. In the photo, I served the clams and broth over wide rice noodles. When I make the curry clams without noodles, I serve this dish as an app with some crispy toasted bread in order to soak up all that luscious sauce!
Like most of my recipes, this one is portioned out for two entree servings or a few small side dishes!! The whole thing takes about 15-20 minutes to make so it's a super quick and simple recipe.
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