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Writercise: Insanity Max 30 Day 3

Usually, I like to exercise before lunch as it's a nice break from the morning's work and gets my hunger level to full WOMP mode (gotta love a lunch). Sometimes, I just can't sleep so I'll get up early to exercise, wipe the insomnia away, and regain control of the day. Today was one of those days. Fully awake from 4am, I held firm till 6am hoping to doze off but no joy, and my back started to ache too, so SCREW THAT, I got up and pressed play.

Day 3 of Insanity Max 30 is Sweat Intervals, 'and you're about find out why', says Shaun with an ominous glint in his eye. It turns out it's similar to the Cardio Challenge in that there's 5 circuits of 3 different cardio moves which you do 3 times each (to the best of my recollection). My back's still a bit achey (a hangover from back surgery in 2005, but exercise helps a lot) and I'm a bit creaky this time in the morning, so I don't feel like going full throttle. I slow down or modify where needed, especially around the lunges, which can really push my back. But the workout lives up to its name as soon enough, you're dripping sweat on to the mat in regular intervals. 32 minutes including warm down.


As it's so early, and it's been a rough night, I slip into 25 minutes of Yin Yoga once IM30 is over. I've never done Yin Yoga before but it's described as 'holding poses for 2–3 minutes that work the lower part of the body—the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, and lower spine.' Sounds just what I need, so I hunker down for some low-paced yoga after the fast HIIT of Sweat Intervals.


25 minutes later I'm relaxed and stretched, no back ache, and ready for brekkie and the day ahead. But already looking forward to a nap in the afternoon...

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