(Closed) I want to add 30 minutes of exercise to my 'off' days -but what?!

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Are you doing any strength training?? I would use the time I was paying a trainer for doing work in the weight room – interval training is very easy to do on your own time. He/she should be showing you how to use the machines and how to lift free weights with proper form. 

Intervals are great though!! The afterburn helps to burn extra calories for hours after. But only cardio workouts will thin you out without adding muscle. Muscle does the same thing intervals hope to accomplish, but does it 24/7, not just a few hours after a workout, so you should really be doing both.

Post # 4
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Jillian Michaels 30 day shred videos are really good too and they’re 25-30 minutes long

Post # 5
24 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

Love the Jillian Michaels videos!  I do them 4-5 days a week plus walk the dog several times each day.  That’s plenty of exercise for me.

Post # 6
4998 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013


Post # 7
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

With my trainer I do this routine:

21 burpees

21 various exercises with a barbell with 5 pound weights

21 sit ups with a medicine ball

15 of each, then 7 of each, and then run a quarter mile.  Then he gives me three more exercises (more things with the barbell that I can’t name, lateral pull down thingies, I don’t know the names!!! i can get them for you though) and I do 21 of each, 15 of each, 7 of each…and then run again.  It’s quick and intense, and the 15 sets KILL…but it’s a good workout.


Post # 8
11165 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@RunnerBride13:  I second this.

I do two to three miles of running on my off volleyball days and it makes a big difference….especially in the stomach region. 

Post # 9
4943 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Do you have a bike? Riding can be as intense as you like. It’s great exercise and fun!

Post # 10
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree that you need some cardio combined in with the interval training.

Post # 11
1828 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Do you have an Xbox kinect or a Wii?

I love love love the “Just Dance” series for the Kinect. You dance those songs with full effort for 30 minutes and you will feel exhausted! There is even a “just sweat” mode that tracks your calories burned.

If you don’t have the xbox/kinect hardware already it can be a bit of an investment, but there are also other kinect games, like Dance Central 1/2/3 and the Zumba! games that are great exercise and fun. Especially during the winter months when it’s too cold out to exercise outside and you don’t want to bundle up to drive to the gym.

Post # 12
1447 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Running or Cycling would be good, or maybe pick Tuesday or Thursday and do a 1-hour yoga session instead?  The other day can be a rest day.

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