My Weekly Workout Routine: Carol Scott

My Weekly Workout Routine: Carol Scott


Fitness and wellbeing stem not only from physical strength, but inner strength. My weekly workout is based not on sculpting an ideal body, but nurturing my whole self through self-compassion.

Walking with Awareness

I start each morning with a brisk 30-minute walk outdoors while focusing on my breath and taking in the sights and sounds around me. This mindful movement grounds me in the present moment.

Yoga for Balance

In the evenings, I unwind with gentle yoga flows that challenge my balance and flexibility. As I flow through poses, I let go of tension and reconnect with my body.

Nourishing Whole Foods

Fueling my workouts begins around the kitchen table. I plan weekly menus focused on wholesome ingredients like vegetables, fruits, whole grains and plant-based proteins that nourish me from the inside out.

Rest and Recovery

As important as movement is rest. I make sure to take at least one full rest day each week. Listening to my body and honoring its need for rest allows me to avoid injury or burnout.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is your favorite workout?

My favorite workout is a nice long walk outdoors while consciously focusing on my breathing. The combination of moderate cardio and mindfulness reduces my stress levels remarkably.

Do you lift weights?

I don’t lift heavy weights currently, but I do bodyweight exercises like squats, lunges and planks several times per week to build lean muscle mass and keep my bones strong.

What do you eat before a workout?

I’ll have a light snack 30-60 minutes pre-workout, like yogurt with fruit, oatmeal with almond butter, or half an avocado toast with an egg. The combo of complex carbs, fiber and protein provides sustained energy.

How often do you take rest days?

I take 1-2 full rest days from exercise each week. Listening to my body and taking time off when needed prevents fatigue, repetitive strain injuries and burnout.

Do you workout alone or with others?

I like the community aspect of taking occasional group fitness classes, but much of my exercise is solo. Alone time allows me to tune into my body’s needs and my inner landscape.