Tuesday, October 02, 2012
from TANYAP71's Challenge: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
*What is your current workout/fitness routine?*
I aim for an hour or more of cardio 5-6 days a week. Depending on knee pain, I often do the elliptical or walk, either on the treadmill or outside. I prefer high intensity, high impact exercise (solo: running; group classes: Zumba, Body Combat, Body Step). When money allows, I'll throw in spin classes or swimming as low-impact alternatives to the monotony of the cardio machines. Also according to finances, I'll throw in horse riding lessons, but that's supplemental activity, not part of my cardio quota.
Stretching goal= 5 minute minimum post-cardio, concentrating on legs and, recently, lower back
I recently started taking Body Flow, a choreographed tai chi/yoga/Pilates class, on Thursdays, which presents an awesome novelty in its challenges. It also calms me down.
Strength-wise, I aim for 2 days/week each for upper body, lower body, and core.
Upper body= usually weight machines, sometimes resistance bands or dumbbells; lower= a mix of the goddawful knee rehab exercises, using ankle weights, I was assigned by orthopedic doctor #3 + floor exercises + stability ball or machines; core= floor exercises + slant board, or ab work in group exercise classes.
I slack a lot, though, because every single ST session hurts my neck, sometimes aggravates back pain, and because my PT exercises are downright hateful.