TGIF! Today marks five consecutive days of doing the 30 Day Shred. I’ve been doing the workout first thing in the morning, as my coffee brews and my house is still relatively quiet. On Day 3 I admitted to modifying the jumping jack. Today I’m admitting that the cool down is not enough of a cool down for me. My legs felt tight waking up this morning, and my back was wrenched. I turned on the television and started looking at what I could do to make it better.
The Warm Up: During the warm up, Jillian explains that dynamic stretching is the way to start this routine. By moving groups of muscles you are able to warm up the body and not stress it out. This makes sense, but the only movement in the warm up (on level 1) for legs is jumping jacks. So this morning I did knee raises while I was doing arm crosses, and slow butt kicks while doing windmills.
The Cool Down: The static stretching comes in once you’ve worked out and your muscles are warm. There are toe touches and a brief quad stretch during this two minute cool down. Today I added pigeon pose and child’s pose from my yoga knowledge to the cool down. It took longer, but stretching well is something I think is worth doing. I’m hoping tomorrow morning I will notice a difference.
How do you make this workout (or any pre-recorded routine) work for your body’s needs? How many days did you exercise this week?