Day 3: I’m actually looking forward to dedicating one day to yoga (which Jolie has said she’s not a fan of) and cardio.
I never thought I’d say this, but I’m actually looking forward to skipping the weights and starting off my day with 20 minutes of yoga.
Literally everything hurts at this point including muscles that I didn’t even know I had, and I’m looking forward to stretching things out.
Fortunately, Jolie can relate to my slight dislike of yoga — in a 2014 interview with USA Today, she said that she’d had to grudgingly start doing it to practice for her role in Disney’s “Maleficent.”
“It’s not something I do easily because I’m not a still person,” she told the publication. “But I was forced to do yoga because [to fly] you have to have your core strength to be able to hold yourself.”
Just like the actress, I’m not a “still person,” so it’s pretty tough for me to shut down my brain and focus on breathing while performing the yoga moves.
To best replicate Jolie’s workout, I focus on core-focused movements, starting with cat-cow pose, followed by a forearm plank, locust pose, bow pose, cobra pose, spider planks, boat pose, and side planks.
Once my abs are on fire from the warm-up, I put away my mat and get ready to throw myself into 45 minutes of cardio.
Since I can’t imagine running on a treadmill for 45 minutes, I take Peterson’s advice and decide to try three different cardio machines for 15 minutes each. In this case, I divide my time between the treadmill, elliptical, and stationary bike.
I’m actually not as bored as I expected, and I’m able to power through with the help of a good playlist.
The workout feels pretty refreshing after the last couple of days, and I’m hoping I feel more recovered before the workout tomorrow.