Yesterday was my first true workout while on my juicing fast. I had gone to the gym Sunday night, but I only did about 25 minutes of indoor cycling and some ab exercises. I didn’t want to make myself too sore for last night’s workout, so I kept my Sunday workout pretty low-key.
Before I go into my energy levels, let me begin by saying that I work at a football stadium, and one of the perks is that employees get to do group stadium workouts for free with certified trainers who give us various stadium and weight-lifting exercises to perform. I’ve only recently started going to these workouts, and I really enjoy it. Here’s what last night’s workout entailed:
- 5 minute warm-up of jogging on the field (end zone to end zone)
- 2 minutes (divided into 30 second increments) of plank/bridge at 50 yard line and run to end zone and back
- 10 walking lunges at 50 yard line and run to end zone and back-2x
- Run from the field up to the top row of the stadium and back down-2x
- Various squats, squat-presses, over-head triceps presses, and lunges with a dumbbell (Being the competitive person I am, I chose the 12 pound weight. It kicked my butt!)
- Final 15 minutes is a variety of ab exercises
This workout lasts for an hour only, but I have never worked so hard in my life. The running and weights I can handle; stairs is a whole different story. My legs feel like the equivalent of spaghetti noodles when I’m done. I enjoy it though. Now that the sun stays out later, and the weather is a bit warmer, working out isn’t as grueling as it was in the winter months.
Now, moving on to my energy level. I was so worried I was going to be low on energy, that I made sure to drink 8 oz. of my juice about 15 minutes before my workout. That juice consisted of beets, carrots, strawberries, kale, and a few clementine tangerines. All throughout my workout my energy remained pretty constant. I felt great as I was running ( I usually end up walking towards the end of the hour, but I didn’t have to this time), and even though the stairs are always brutal, I pushed through it and made it to the top.
I think the most surprising thing was the fact that I wasn’t hungry after my workout. I drank a cup of coconut water immediately after my workout to replenish my electrolytes, and I ended my night with a carrot, cucumber, celery, and clementine tangerine juice.
All in all, I was very surprised and satisfied with how well my first workout was while on this fast. It proved to me that just because I’m not eating solid food, I am still getting the energy and nutrients I need to have a successful workout. I’m going again tonight for round 2, so hopefully it goes just as well.