Post # 1
DH and I are getting serious about our health and working out. He has some health issues and HAS to get in shape, so him and a buddy are workout partners starting tomorrow morning. I am THRILLED. However– I don’t have a workout buddy and am looking to either take some classes or start a new regimen. Which, at this point, ANYTHING would be a regimen! What are some suggestions? I was thinking yoga classes, hot box, or cycling. I know I can do a combination– but what have y’all tried and liked? Here’s my credentials:
- I’ve had two ACL/MCL surgeries– so running is painful
- I do a decent amount of walking for work ( 1-1.5 miles , 5 days a week minimum just for that) plus I also walk our dog
- My goal is to tone up and build muscles– especially my core. I’m the definition of skinny fat at the moment and I feel blah
- I commute 2 hours a day and work 5 days a week– so time is precious! I don’t want to spend 1.5-2 hrs in the gym, taking a class or doing a workout.
- Any advice is appreciated!
Post # 3
I should also add that this has come up very recently— as in 2 days ago I didn’t care at all about it but after seeing DH get SO upset over his health/weight gain wehad a serious conversation about it and we are going to do it together but he is going to start with his friend
Post # 4
New Rules of Lifting for Women! Several Bees on here do it. It has really kickstarted my weightloss, and it’s something I actually ENJOY.
I mix it up with cardio like elliptical, spin class, and running.
Post # 5
My best advice is to just get out there and do something. Don’t say “well I have to wait for my new workout DVD to arrive in the mail” or “tomorrow I’m going to start my workout plan.”
The best thing is to just be active daily. I don’t think 1-1.5 miles is actually that much, so you could definitely walk a bit more.
I also like what I would call a military workout. It is basically running (or walking in your case), pushups, and situps (I do a bunch of different crunches). You can test yourself against the army PT standards and check your progress.
Post # 6
@Mrs_Amanda: Why not do some swimming to get you into better shape then ease into weighlifting a bit?
I’ve started swimming again recently and it’s great. Aside from the pain in the butt it is to be all wet and covered in chlorine when you’re done, I like it a lot better than other forms of exercise. My knees suck and swimming is soo easy on the joints but gives a full-body workout.
It’s important to not hate what you’re doing or else you’ll stop.
Post # 7
Get a yoga ball — for sure. I have one and it is a godsend. I keep it next to the kitchen and I’ll do rounds of crunches or whirlies (I don’t know what they’re actually called, but basically I get in half-crunch position and move my hips in big circles, 20 clockwise 20 counterclockwise) while I have food in the microwave. So basically in the two minutes it takes to heat up my breakfast, I’ve given my abs a workout so savage they will actually be sore later. I have the V lines on my hips and four-pack abs, which should be impossible given how much beer I drink. IT’S THE YOGA BALL!!! In my old apartment, I had hardwood floors so I’d watch TV while tooling around on the ball. My abs looked even better back then!
Post # 8
I do 45 mins of circuit training (one day of arms, one day of legs, one day of core), then 30 of cardio. I can’t run. I do the treadmill at a high incline walking 3.6-3.8 instead. I usually do 20 mins at 24 incline and then 10 at 21 incline. In 30 mins I burn 700 calories. It’s been my experience tho that you have to find what works for you and what is fun. I can’t work out with a partner bc I sweat like a dude so I have to be by myself haha. And music gets me going so I throw on my headphones with a pre-set music line up and let her rip. But if Zumba or cycling is your thing, do it!
My Fitness Pal is a great app to keep yourself in check. Good luck girl :).
Post # 9
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I, like you, don’t have a bunch of time to dedicate to this, but I do want to do something. I find working out at home just plain easier than going to the gym– and it gives me no excuses. I like DVDs and also there are TONS of free workouts available on youtube that you could check out. I started out by doing Brazil Butt Lift– it’s super fun, and the most of workouts tend to be pretty short, but on many days you double up, so it totals an hour or so. It was a way to get me to break into the world of exercise without hating it.
Now, I really love my kettle bell. That thing is a full body workout when you want it to be. I have a 15 minute DVD that I do and it kicks my ass! I feel a serious burn and love it because it’s short and sweet. I also take my dog on long walks. We jog/walk, but I understand walking is best for you.
As has been said, the most important thing is that you do something. When you get home from work or early in the morning, just start. I found it best to do a 30 day program because that gave me a goal… get through the 30 days. It’s a proud moment at the end when you can say, “I did it!”
And don’t get frustrated. Go at your own pace, and it’ll get easier and more enjoyable.
Post # 10
Great tips so far! I’m tempted to put before and after pics up but I don’t want to jinx myself haha.
I’ve actually seen people at my office use those big yoga balls as chairs– which is interesting! DH used to be Army, so the guy he works out with ( or is starting to) was also military and their workouts are much more intense than I’m interested in.
To the PP who mentioned YouTube videos– I will definitely be looking into that. With DHs gym membership I am able to go- but I want to be able to do stuff at home if I can’t make it. The only constraint I see with that is we are currently in an apt and space is limited.
Post # 11
I can’t do at home stuff. I half ass it or cut it short or pause it every time, so my hat’s off to you ladies that can stick with it at home. The gym, for me, motivates me because good Lord forbid all these strangers see me being a sissy at the gym. I mean…they surely are watching me and thinking, “Wow…look at that slacker…I’m going to remember her lazy ass and tell all my friends about this…”
I live 40 minutes away from my gym. So it’s always a matter of going in between nursing classes, or after work, or before. I just make sure to always have my stuff with me so if an opportunity presents itself, I’m ready. But I always go at least 3 times a week.
Post # 12
For short, intense workouts, I like bodyrock.tv. They’re a little crazy when you first watch them, but they have alot of tips for modifications for beginners. I like to take the exercises that I like and write myself my own workouts that I do every day. As long as you push yourself you can get a full-body cardio workout doing things like pushups and stuff. I just write down six-eight exercises for the day and do them in a circuit with no more then 30 seconds between sets. I do 3-4 rounds five days a week. It takes me about a half hour at the gym (unless its my day to run sprints, too) and its gotten me more results then when I used to spend two hours at the gym.
Post # 13
@CamMaam: When you walk on an incline do you hold on the whole time? I used to do that but just recently started not holding on every other minute..and oh man what a difference that made!
Post # 14
So… How long before these become habit or routine for y’all? Weeks, months, days?
Post # 15
@Mrs_Amanda: I have just hit my 1 year mark of consistently going to the gym/working out. I’ve never been a gym person, and I’m amazed that I’ve kept at it this long. I think I’ve gained about 5 pounds but I look much better than I did a year ago 😉
p.s. you got married on my birthday!
Post # 16
@limegreenbride: haha happy very belated birthday!! I wouldn’t care if I gained weight if I lost a few inches– particularly around my mid section.