Post # 1
I am using Weight Watchers and trying to get exercise back into my routine. I did the 30 Day Shred today, and while I like it, I know I won’t be able to do it for 30 days straight.
I am trying to figure out, what would be the best way to set up an exercise schedule? The only days where it would be hard to incorporate exercise is on Mondays. I leave at 6:30am and don’t get home until at least 7:30pm, by then I have to eat dinner, grade some papers, and enjoy some downtime before I hit the hay.
Here are some of the things that I have at my disposal: a Nintendo Wii with the Be Active, Biggest Loser, My Fitness Coach, and the Wii balance board. I go to a trampoline workout class once a week (always on Tuesday evenings), I have a few workout DVDs (mainly the 30DS and some Biggest Loser ones), and a membership to a gym (which I can attend classes there). I have a lot of things I can use, but I don’t really know what’s realistic. I can usually do well for 2 weeks, but then it falls apart.
I am carrying quite a bit of extra weight. I’m 5′ 9″ and in the lower 200’s. I know this is big, I’m really embarassed about it, and I want to get rid of it. Thanks for any suggestions!
Post # 3
I am a routine freak. Something that has been fantastic for me lately is changing it up a lot. Each week looks the same but I don’t do the same video everyday. I am doing the P90X program in the evenings so it is a different workout every night each week. It sounds like you have enough that you could do one video on Tuesday, a different one on Wednesday, etc. Because your schedule is tight on Mondays, that could be your off day. I also have found that having a workout buddy or some sort of accountability is perfect. I am 6 1/2 weeks into P90X and there is no way at all I would have made it past day 2 had I not had a buddy.
Don’t be embarassed about your weight. I am pretty close to you in height/weight and I have found that I feel like I suck less when I’m actually doing something about it.
Post # 4
Couch to 5k is a great running program. If you go to their website it lays out a schedule for you and each week your runs get longer so that in (I believe, I could be remembering wrong) 6 weeks, you can run a 5k without stopping. The progress you make is pretty obvious and as your endurance builds, you come to enjoy running and getting better at it.
Post # 5
Yep, the Couch to 5K program is great (although I think it actually takes 9 weeks to get to end if you don’t skip any weeks). I’ve found that running is by far the fastest way to slim down – for me at least. So I usually get up at 5am to do the approx. 30 minutes of running according to the program (either on the street or at the gym) and then 30 minutes of weight training. You can then add your tramp workout or other classes for a little variety! 🙂
My evening schedule sounds like yours so I’ve found that if I don’t work out in the morning, I usually wont at all – especially when it gets dark so early these days.
Post # 6
I totally get your post. It was so much easier to work out, eat right and stay fit when I was single! We are making our spare room into a workout room this weekend, actually, and I can’t wait! Now, what time is best? I have no idea. We get home from work at 6 pm and sometimes, dinner isn’t over until 8. In the mornigs, there’s no way I’m waking up an hour earlier as I already get up at 6. So when when when?
Post # 7
Thanks everyone! These are really helpful suggestions :-). Do you think I should go all in, start working out 5-6 days a week, or start slow (with 3 days) and then add to it? Like I said earlier, getting the routine to stick is the hardest part for me. If anybody has any motivational tips, that would be awesome, too!
Post # 8
definitely couch 2 5k! you can repeat weeks if you’re having trouble.
i would start working out 5-6 days a week so you get in the habit of it right away. it can be difficult to add days once you’re used to a certain number.
Post # 9
I have the same problem! I’ll do really good for a week or two & then I’ll be super busy one week & it throws it all off balance.. I’m working out right now 5 days a week, one rest day during the week & one rest day on the weekend.. So far so good, just two weeks though.. I’m doing something different every few days so that I don’t get bored.. If your a morning person you could try working out some days in the morning.. Also, if you haven’t tried the Billy Blanks Bootcamp Workout video’s they are really good.. And you definitely won’t get bored! I’ve been switching between that, P90x, the gym, and I just started the 30 day shred.