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My Workout Dilemma

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Been doing well on my injury goal of being in equal or better shape then going into it. While there is still some rehab to do, over all my wrist is functioning as well as can be expected right now and I met my goal.

Now on to my next phase, the workout dilemma.

The workout dilemma for me is an interesting one. Quite simple, I do not know what counts as a workout and how to accurately track it. After reading many articles on Spark and other websites, it is even less clear then before. Here is what I consider a workout:

5 minute low level cardio
5 to 8 intense weight lifting exercises of a region (e.g. Upper Body, Lower Body, Core) usually 30 minutes
Jump Rope 120 times in a row or more (3 min to whenever I succeed)
30+ minutes of mid to high (heart rate at during mid 135 to 170 during intense intervals) cardio
Steam room/Stretch

Yes that is all in one day. That to me seems like a basic workout. It is less then what I did when I was an athlete but more then the average bear. One problem, it didn't seem to help get the results I was looking for. This was my routine before getting injured.

When I talked to other people they viewed this as doing a lot. After observing people at the gym in my injury state and having to pull back, I now sort of agree but still desire that level of activity.

So what now. How do I solve my workout dilemma?

First I need to know what is working out. For me, playing basketball for 2 hours is fun, not a work out. A 2 mile "casual" walk which takes me about 30 minutes, not a workout. I can do both of those and never track them because to me, they are just simple relaxing things to do. So I need to define what a workout is. What is exercise so I can honestly know and track what I am doing.

Second, I need to split up the weights and cardio. Time wise, this is harder then it seems. Having ADD, structure is helpful and always being pulled in a different direction everyday is not a strong point for me. But I also need variety to keep my interest. So how do I structure a workout plan that will provide consistency and variety? Sounds like an oxymoron no? As of right now the answer seems to be the 30 min. workout a day paced to music. This should also help balance my ADD too.

Third, I need to track the random stuff I do. When I go for a de stressing 2 mile walk, I track it. When I go shoot hopes I track it. If I walk around a nature reserve, I track it. Being as active as I am (especially in the summer time), this will give me a better base line of what I burn so I know what to consume and not feel bad about it. The not feeling bad is the hardest part.

Finally consumption. Being a larger guy I consume more food for basics of life. So I need to balance out my tracked exercises with the right balance of food. If I cannot afford the right balance, then I need to pull back on the workouts. It is a tough balancing act but do able.

Hopefully this will help solve my workout dilemma. It will take a few months to know really. If you have any suggestions, please post them in the comments below.

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