Ah…my fitness routine…this is the topic my brain gets picked about most…
If you have been around here for a while you probably know I am a fitness enthusiast and I LOVE my daily routines. Naturally, I had to make a fitness routine that I could fit into our busy lifestyle.
This fitness routine also had to be done without setting foot in a gym. A few years ago when I first started exercising again I tried to go to a women’s gym.
Between the time it took to get us there, all the interruptions (they would come get me for every.little.thing) and limited child care hours I figured I could get a better workout at home on my time.
Turns out I was right. I finally lost the last 50 pounds of baby weight that I had been hanging on to and kept it off without going to a gym.
After trying many different programs I found what works best for me and the things I enjoy doing. My favorite thing to do is lift weights, but I can’t do that every day.
Well, I could if I split the different groups up throughout the week. In fact, I have tried that but my body just doesn’t respond well to it. I like to keep everything seperate, weight training one day, cardio the next…you get the idea.
My goal has always been to be fit and healthy. While I value a good sweaty workout I am not lifting super heavy weights or running for miles on end.
Here is a quick overview:
- I try to do something active every day.
- I never exercise more than an hour per day.
- I never deliberately work the same muscle groups 2 days in a row.
- I use active rest days.
- Sometimes I use videos and other times I do my own thing.
- When I am working with weights I opt for low weight/high reps.
Wondering why I try to exercise every day? There are a couple of reasons, the first being that it elevates my mood, here is an interesting article on the effects of exercise on your mood. Exercise is also one of my top 3 stress relievers.
How did I determine the length of time to exercise each day? I started out with the standard 3o minutes 3 times a week exercise routine and started adding more time/days as my body got stronger.
Then not too long ago I read this article which implies that the risk of breast cancer is reduced significantly in postmenopausal women. So that is what I shoot for…roughly 300 minutes of moderate exercise per week.
My rationale is that if it reduces your chances of getting breast cancer there has to be other benefits too.
Wait Summer, are you postmenopausal already?
No, but one day I will be and I don’t want to be making these huge changes 10 or 20 years from now. I want to be ready when that time comes. Are we really going to wake up 20 years from now and decide to take control of our health?
Isn’t it better to do it now, that way it becomes a long-term lifestyle rather than something we are doing just because we are getting older?
So to me, it makes sense to get and remain in shape.
Now for the actual routine…this is just an outline of how I structure my workouts throughout the week.
I am not going to tell you exactly what to do as far as what exercises to work for each body part. Why? Because I want you to find what works best for you and I don’t ever do the same things from week to week.
The only thing that remains consistent is the type of exercise that I do on each day of the week (cardio, weights, yoga). For instance this Monday I might do my Les Mills Body Pump videos, but the following Monday I might make up my own weight training routine.
Why do I it do this way?
Because I get BORED! I get bored very quickly when it comes to my workouts. For me to actually stick to my routine I have to be doing something I want to be doing or something I really enjoy.
Life it too short to be doing something dreadful!
That is what I want to encourage you to do. Find the things you enjoy doing and do them regularly.
Do I have a home gym?
No I do not. I workout the living room of our townhouse and I only have very basic equipment…a small weighted barbell, dumbells, a kettlebell, an exercise ball, a yoga mat and a collection of fitness dvds!
That is it! You don’t need huge machines or a treadmill to get a great workout.
Money is tight! How can I get started on a super small budget?
Just get ONE inexpensive set of 3-5lb dumbells and read this for ideas on how to exercise for free!
How do I workout with my kids around all the time?
I wrote a little about that here. My methods probably aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but they work for me.
If you are just starting out my fitness routine may not be what you need!
Like I said above, I started out with just 30 minutes/3 times a week and started building on that. You will gain strength and endurance very quickly if you are consistent.
*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional nor am I a personal trainer! You should always consult your medical professional before making any lifestyle changes. Nothing on Expedition Motherhood is to be construed as or a replacement for professional medical advice!*