Post # 1
I know a lot of women who hate working out but do it regularly to stay in shape. I personally don’t love working out and luckily I don’t need to. However, I do workout out twice a week in order keep my head clear and feel invigorated. I love strength training, walking and yoga, but am not into anything too intense. How about you ladies? What motivates you to workout and what’s your routine?
Post # 3
I need to workout to keep to the weight off and to de-stress. My motivation is fitting into my pants and keeping “my cool.”
I work out Monday-Friday during my lunch break for 45 minutes. I do mostly cardio – walk, run, bike, ellipitical.
I hate every second of working out. I wish I could skip my routine and chow down on cookies 🙂
Post # 4
I work out to get faster and more agile so I can be better at ultimate frisbee (I don’t play super seriously, more like pickup 1-2x/week but being faster helps a LOT). When I was a kid I didn’t run regularly and basically couldn’t… I need to stay in shape to be able to run even short distances. I also work out to get stronger because I love being super buff and because of the mental benefits. I go PSYCHO if I don’t work out for a couple of days… I have a ton of nervous energy and it’s really important for me to get physical activity if I want to be able to reduce anxiety and think clearly.
ETA: As far as my routine, I hit the elliptical and/or treadmill for 45 minutes, or I run outside if it’s nice. I try to do a little interval running with my gym workouts to improve my speed. Once every 3 days I rest my legs entirely and do upper body/core strenght training. I’ve also been trying to do an agility/leg strength workout a trainer designed for me for once a week, which makes juggling the leg rest days hard. Frisbee is generally Sunday + 1 other day depending on scheduling.
As far as what’s fun, the thrill of improving is huge and frisbee is generally very good times. If I’m really stressed out, I tend to really enjoy my workout in some sort of perverse self-punishment pushing to new limits way. If I’m really sore, I enjoy it less. There are definitely days when it’s a slog and I’d rather sit on the couch, but generally there’s always at least one good rush of runner’s eye or “RAWR I AM STRONG NOW” near the end that makes the actual workout somewhat enjoyable.
Post # 5
I am also one of those women hate working out, but I love the way it makes me feel – physically and mentally. I have found that the only way I can consistently make myself go to the gym is if I go first thing in the morning… no excuses. Except that I try to come up with a million excuses every morning. I run intervals on the treadmill M, T, and Th, and take a yoga class W and F. Plus, I *try* to go to a longer yoga class on Sunday nights. (I also walk to and from work when the weather is nice, so that adds 4 miles of walking to nice days, but I feel like my body is so used to that that it doesn’t really help keep me in shape. Although what would I look like if I didn’t?)
It is hard to stay motivated, but here are some things that help: (1) I make my husband get up and go with me, too. No excuses. (2) I LOVE my gym (and pay through the nose for it) – having a place I like to work out helps keep me motivated. (3) Working out makes me feel really strong and clear-headed, so at the end of every workout I close my eyes for a few seconds and focus on how I feel. Before I get out of bed in the mornings, I try to recapture a piece of that feeling. It’s the best motivation I have found… and I preach about it all the time on WB. :o)
One thing that annoys the heck out of me is that I used to be one of those girls who could eat (and drink) whatever I wanted and never gained weight. Then I went through a phase when I would gain a little if I ate terribly, but it was super easy to lose weight. Now, not so much. Thank you, 30s and metabolism shifts! Now I have to work for every lousy ounce.
Post # 6
I don’t really need to work out either. I do it because it gives me energy, makes me feel good about myself, keeps me super toned, and i enjoy running because it gives me time to think about everything, i also do it to keep my body healthy. So many pluses to working out. I mostly run and do some yoga and strength training to stay toned and flexible. I work out about 3 to 4 times a week after work.
Post # 7
I work out because I really love to. Sometimes before I work out I don’t like the thought of it but as soon as I start I feel more invigorated. I feel so much better when I work out!
Here’s my routine….
Sunday: I run about 2.5 miles in the morning before FI and I start our day
Monday-Wednesday: I run 3 miles in the morning before work and do some kind of strength training in the evening with FI while dinner is cooking. Right now we are doing the 6 week 6 pack DVD by Jillian Michaels and love it!
Thursday: Sometimes I run a little in the morning, most weeks I take Thursday off
Friday: Strength training with FI and running in the evening
Saturday: I try to run 3-4 miles on Saturday mornings.
I have found that since I’ve started working out my immune system has really improved, I’m a lot happier just in general, I’m able to keep stress under control much easier and I have A LOT more energy. It’s good to realize those things so I have that extra motivation to get up when I’d rather sleep in in the mornings!
Post # 8
@Running Elley: Ooo, the immune system. That was a HUGE change I noticed when I started working our regularly. I get sick a lot less than I used to.
Post # 9
I’m glad I’m not the only one, I thought it may have just been a fluke! I used to get sick allll the time, like every 2 weeks. I barely get sick at all anymore! When I do get sick my body also recovers a lot faster.
Post # 10
@Running Elley WOW! That is impressive. Hats off to you!
My “workout routine” is pretty lame. I mostly just run and put my treadmill on the highest incline and do about two or three miles like that three times a week. Then other days I will do some sit-ups, lunges, free weights, and stuff like that. It kind of depends on my mood but I try to at least do something 5-6 times a week. It really does make a big difference in the way I feel.
Post # 11
I work out because I like it; to stay fit and as a way to relax. I work out 5 or 6 days/week
I do karate twice a week all year long, and during the year, I change sports every 3 months to mix things up and never get tired of a routine. Now, I’m halfway through P90x. Can’t wait to be done!
After that, I’ll start running, and will run until I participate in a 10k race (would like a half-marathon, but we’ll see). Then, summer will come and I will start cycling, and continue running. When it gets too cold, I will get a gym membership for spinning classes and swimming. I usually end all cardio workouts with some abs training.
Usually, 6 months outside, 3 months at the gym, 3 months in my house with DVD’s…
Post # 12
@Leesh:Thanks! It’s definitely been a slow process building it up to where it is now.
Post # 13
I workout to stay in shape–right now, I’m working out so I can get in perfect shape for the wedding/honeymoon. To be honest, I really hate it–getting sweaty/smelly, muscles aching, feeling like I should be doing something for others instead of something self-serving like exercise, having to think about how many calories I’m eating and how hard it is to burn them off…but I do like fitting into skinny jeans, and hopefully I’ll like looking at my wedding pics and seeing how fit my arms and tummy look! I also like when my friends tell me and FI that we’re looking fit and inspiring them to work out.
Currently, my routine is 30-60 minutes a day of exercise, 5-6 days/week. I usually try to do one of Jillian Michaels’ videos and some elliptical, but if I’m too sore for a video I just do 30 minutes on the elliptical. I aim for exercising every day after work, and as soon as I wake up on the weekends, though usually on Fridays we end up going out with friends and I don’t feel like exercise.
Post # 14
I work-out because I love it!
I love the high I get from it, I love how it clears my head and keeps me happy, I love the soreness that comes from doing an intense weight lifting session. I love that I can work different muscle groups to shape my body the way I want to. I also need to work-out to keep my weight in check.
I work out 6 days a week (right now doing P90X) but I switch it up regularly. I am a personal trainer and get bored easily. I don’t love cardio machines (they are so monotonous) and so I prefer to do intense cardio sessions like kickboxing or plyometrics.
Post # 15
You guys are hardcore. I’d throw myself a party if I could do what you guys do. I hate working out and I double hate the gym. I wanted to get into better shape for my wedding though so I’ve been doing 1/2 hour of wii strength and wii yoga to tighten myself up and a 1/2 hour of wii just dance 2 for cardio every day. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but setting my goals low help me keep it up daily. I can’t justify not doing it because it’s only an hour, and I don’t even have to leave my house! It’s working well though. I’ve lost about 8 pounds so far, and I’m working on losing another 5 by mid march.
Post # 16
I exercise for several reasons: de-stress, stay fit, and long term health benefits. I also exercise because it helps me with my self image. If I am working out, I feel really good about how I look and what I am doing for my body.
I do not have a set routine but my workouts include the following in sometimes all on one day, or one or two only if I am pressed for time.
20 min. swim for warm up or 20 min. bike for warm up
3 mile run (working up to 6 miles for a 10K in April)
Weights – free and machine resistence