Hi everyone. It was a tough weekend for staying on the path. I had a few friends over, and there was junk food aplenty lying around for the munching. I was able to limit myself to about a dozen hot wings and some Coke Zero, so I think I can put that day in my “win” column.
I was asked in the comments about my workout routine. Since I have the inside of a gym as my wallpaper, I guess it makes sense that I talk about what I do when I’m in that room.
There are a few constants:
- I work out five days a week: Monday to Friday.
- Every day contains cardio and strength training.
- All gym time is in the morning, before work.
- Aside from stretches, and walking and biking for fun, the weekend is rest time.
I live within walking distance of my workplace (by design), so I start off every morning with a 3.5km walk to work, where my gym is located. There are lots of street lights and hills, plus a full backpack, so it normally takes me about 40 minutes; a nice, brisk walk to start the day.
Upon walking into the gym, I’ll jump on the bike for 20 minutes or so. I love cycling, and having a high-intensity endurance or interval session while listening to my tunes is a great way to get hyped up for what’s to come, and is one of the high points of my day.
Next, I’ll do roughly five to seven minutes of stretches. I’ve been doing more stretching lately, and it’s been extremely beneficial. I can feel the results most of all in the hour after my workout, as I seem to return to normal much faster.
Then there’s 15-25 minutes of strength training, depending on what day it is. The following schedule gets moved around and jumbled regularly to keep things fresh and my body alert:
- Monday: Arms and upper body.
- Tuesday: Legs.
- Wednesday: Core, stomach, midsection, flexibility.
- Thursday: Legs plus arms and upper body.
- Friday: Core, stomach, midsection, flexibility.
I then do a very brief cool down. In honesty, this is the part of my work out that could use some improvement. By the time I’m reaching the end of my routine, I’m usually watching the clock so I can get ready and get to work on time. If anyone knows a good cool down that I can complete in about 3 minutes, please let me know.
Well, that’s it! I will say what I’m doing now is the product of A LOT of trial and error, as well as anger and frustration. Up until a few years ago, I generally did the same work out every day, and didn’t change things up that often. I also didn’t pair my gym time with an active lifestyle and healthy diet. My program has definitely come a long way, especially in the last 36 months. It’s interesting, variable and (most of all) fun!
What do you think of my routine? I’m always looking for new ideas and suggestions, so please feel free to comment as I like to change up my exercises regularly. And thanks for all the great comments so far!