Post # 1
Just curious of what the average of everyone here is. I actually have no idea how much you’re supposed to exercise in a week but I finally took the plunge to join the gym 🙂 So how often do you exercise in a week? And if you care to share for any bees trying to lose weight before the big day, what exercises do you do?
Post # 3
I work out on average about 3 times a week…I take a Tae bo class for cardio and a body bar class for weight lifting to get toned…I usually like to mix it up with classes so I dont get bored. On my own I usually do the elliptical machine and free weights…my gym has a pool and I am going to start swimming to change up my cardio also.
Post # 4
I recently lost close to 50lb,s and I’m trying to lose a few more before the big day. I do a mixture of aerobics and weigh training. I take kick boxing, hip-hop dancing and boot camp classes at my gym. I’m hoping to start teaching sometime in the near future. I also just started Weight Watchers to get over this plateau.
Post # 5
Right now I’m around 1x a week but I want to get to at least 3x a week.
Post # 6
I work out 5 times/week – but it took me years to work up to that. When I first joined a gym I went twice/week til it was second nature, then upped it. If you jump in too fast, you’ll get burned out and quit. Just try to go consistently to start out and work up from there 🙂
As for which exercises – I think the best use of your time and money would be to get 3 sessions or so with a personal trainer. Think of it as an ‘up front’ investment – they’ll teach you how to use your time 10x more efficiently than you would use it without them (ie actually working your ass off in a half hour instead of walking slowly on the treadmill for 2 hours). It’s a bit pricey but absolutely worth it. I always say it’s like going to the dentist – of course you know how to brush your teeth, but it doesn’t mean you skip out on the professionals if you want to do it right.
There are a LOT of threads on here with specific workout advice.. try a search and you’ll come up with tons.
Post # 7
I work out a couple times a week. I also try to walk everywhere I can and go as far to park as far away from a store as possible.
Post # 8
If you are willing to spend a little bit of money, P90X is an amazing series of workouts that you can do in your home. I do cardio 3-4 times a week… my favorite cardio exercise is on a stationary recumbent bike. I love it because you can feel it working in your butt and legs immediately, and I don’t feel that way after working out on an elliptical or treadmill. Then I lift weights (P90X) on the days that I don’t do cardio.
Post # 9
I just want to echo some of the PP about starting with something you can commit to and conquer that first (1 or 2xs a week if you currently haven’t been going at all)
Then you can add a day, make sure you can do that as second nature, and add another day, etc.
Take advantage of every single thing the gym has to offer…you’re paying for it! They’ll happily give you a tour of the different areas and show you how to efficiently plan out your workouts in each of the areas.
If you gym has workout classes, give those a shot. They will kick your ass but also be fun! You’ll get to know people in the classes and it helps keep you accountable to keep showing up every week.
Congrats on working towards a healthier lifestyle!
Post # 10
I honestly dont exercise more than taking the dog on a walk for about 45 minutes to an hour several times a week. My heart rate gets up and the exercise is sustained so I think its prety good for me!
Post # 11
I walk my dog for twenty minutes every morning Monday – Friday and I also walk said dog for 30-45 minutes most evenings after dinner and in the weekends.
I’ve been walking like this just over a year now and I lost ten kg’s in the first six months (20 lb’s?) and have kept it off for the last six months. Yay!
Even if hitting the gym is not your thing brisk walking is a great way to get healthy and gain some fitness 🙂
Post # 12
i am about 5-7 times a week.
7 on my good weeks.
5 when i am ridiculously busy.
Post # 13
I do run but not enough, i’m inconsistent unfortunately but do walk the dogs twice a day so I hope this at least helps
Post # 14
When i start back at the gym, I do everyday, till it becomes automatic and i don’t even have to think about what i’m doing after work, on saturdays, etc. Previous obligations automatically take it down to 5days. You don’t have to spend HOURS there … i’m usually there almost an hour sometimes a little longer depending on how i feel.
Post # 15
In a week where nothing terrible happens (i.e. getting sick, someone dying, etc.) I workout at least 4 times, 5 times is ideal. If I’m feeling it, I will 6 times, and there has been more then one week where I did some form of “exercise” every day (I don’t really count yoga as exercise, but some people do).
Post # 16
I go 4-5 days a week, but I make them count. Spin class twice a week, weights twice a week, pilates once to twice a week, and usually some cardio class in there, like Turbo kick or Drills. Some days i just chill on an elliptical or use the one at home, but those are usually extra days. I’m doing double work outs right now (two classes, back to back) in order to burn off these 5 pounds from the holidays and I’m really watching what I eat. Walking/yoga/pilates isn’t enough for me–i have to break a serious sweat to feel like it was worth it. Can’t undo years of athletic training I guess 😛