When I started my fitness journey a few months ago, I had no sense of direction. I remember the first time I went to the gym, I had no fitness routine so I was just moving from one machine to the other. While I was able to get a bit of work done, it was nothing compared to the results I got when I eventually got around to creating a routine of sorts.
While it was pretty easy to drown myself in an Instagram, Pinterest or YouTube fitness routine, I decided that I wasn’t going to go that route. I needed something that I could be consistent; preferably an app. I also needed something that would sync with Google Fit which is where I host all my fitness activities.
My Current Fitness Routine Using the Nike Apps.
I can’t remember how or where I came across the Nike Training and Run Apps. All I knew was that Nike has been at the top of mind as a result of their damn good campaigns. Before I knew it, I was searching for Nike products in the Play Store. It might be pretty hard to believe but I had never come across the Training App before. All I was aware of was the Nike Run App. This was because, at different points in time, a lot of people shared their Nike selfies on my timeline.
Anyways, I downloaded both apps and they’re literally saving my life these days.
Nike Training App: First Impressions
When I first downloaded the apps, I tried to play around with the workouts and just understand how the app works. I love how the workouts cut across different exercises. From Cardio to Yoga and Weight Training. So I don’t have to worry about missing out on some regular Yoga or giving excuses for not lifting weights. They’re all right there.
Naturally, I started with short easy exercises and I like to think that I have made a lot of progress. I usually shy away from high-intensity exercises but lately, I’ve been embracing them with open arms. Spending a long time in the gym also means that I have more time to do longer workouts. While I might just opt for a 5 – 10 minutes no-equipment workout at home, I settle for a 15 – 30 minutes basic equipment at the gym. It’s just all about balance.
Nike Run App: First Impressions
A few posts back, I mentioned that I also started to run on the weekends. One of the major motivation ls for this decision was the Nike Run App. I’m not even kidding. There’s something about the UI of the app that makes me want to run a 10k race.
My first run was a guided run and it was my biggest mistake. The app has different options; you can either pick a running plan or just run freely at your own pace. I should have started at my own pace and run as fast or as slow as I could. But no, I picked a 20 minutes running plan. Best believe that was the last time I used a plan. Right now, I just now, however, my endurance allows me.
How My Fitness Routine Comes Together Nicely.
After test running both apps for a few weeks, I’ve finally been able to create a semblance of a fitness routine.
- I run for about 20 – 30 minutes on a treadmill. I use a treadmill plan on the Nike App because I realized that I can run longer on treadmills as opposed to outdoors. So I just take advantage of it and run as much as I can.
- After recovering for about 5 -10 minutes, I pick a moderate to high intensive plan on the Nike Training App. These plans usually involve basic equipment from kettlebells to skipping rope to med balls to dumbbells. I take advantage of all the easy equipment I can use at the gym. This workout usually runs for about 15 to 20 minutes but these days my endurance is increasing and I’m taking it a step further with 30 minutes.
- I typically spend about 45 minutes to 2 hours in the gym. After recovering from my first intensive session, I play around with the other gym machines for 20 minutes or until I can’t take it anymore.
- Then I pick an easy yoga session to relax and stretch my muscles.
- Most days I work from home and if you’re familiar with this lifestyle, it can be incredibly addictive. This means that there are days where I do not want to leave the house for any reason including going to the gym.
- On days like this, I settle for a short no equipment workout to keep me going. Never underestimate the power of a no-equipment workout. It can be equally intensive.
I mentioned earlier that running is the hardest thing that I have hard to do and I’m not even joking.
I’ve been running for about a month or so now and I have not made that much progress. I still can’t run for more than five minutes without gasping for breath. I still can’t run that long distances. It’s just not there yet. For a while, I was beating myself up for not being able to do basic stuff like running but right now, I’m just letting myself be. Every Saturday and sometimes Sunday when the weather is good, I show up hoping that I have a better run. I try as much as I can no matter how short and then head home afterwards.
I like to think that showing up regularly and consistently will help me run better.
I love this routine because it currently works for me and allows me to be consistent which is so key for fitness.
So far, I love the way my body feels. I mean I don’t have abs or anything yet but I can feel the difference after a good gym day. My mood automatically gets better and I feel like I can handle anything. No wonder, it gets addicting.