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Monday, October 08, 2012

I've gotten back on the exercise wagon. My eating is just as close to perfect as I can make it and I don't really see any results on the scales. So, after a one year break, I've begun exercising again. I'm going to the local gym and I really like it there.
I am an all or nothing person... I believe most of you who know me are already aware of this! lol I'm seriously wondering how much gym time is enough and how much is too much. I know the body needs time to rest, but those 40 - 60 minute sessions on the recumbent bike don't actually burn all that many calories though they do also give me the cardio I need to get in. So.... is it too much for me to go to the gym at 6 a.m. before work and then go again on my way home in the evening? Can anyone share with me what their routine is and how effective it is for them? I'm thinking maybe the cardio/fat burning of the bike in the morning and toning and light weight training in the evening. I can do this Monday through Friday, maybe even go in the mornings on Saturdays. I would take Sundays off. Any thoughts?
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  • SOFT_VAL67
    i have a recumbant bike, that, when i bought it, i was in love, loved using it daily, then i kinda fell away from it.
    then i bought a stair stepper, liked it, didnt love it..weights, same thing, used them, but not enough
    but then i started or two days a week, about 20 minutes at a time
    then one day i realized an hour had passed, and then the next time i said well i have to do at least an hour now.
    then i discovered music on my walks, then i discovered certain songs motivated me on the walking track, and others motivated me in life, and i wanted to keep walking so i could keep listening...
    and i am also using the weights alot more now too....i even do it up old school somedays and do just aerobics or calistentics, however you spell it.
    i just do bends and twists and get down in the floor and do leg lifts etc....just so long as im moving and working out and trying to find ways now to tone better
    to contour i guess
    but for me, i get up right now, around 630 am, and try to get everything i need laid out the night before, phone, ear buds, shoes, socks, shorts, hoodie now that weather is cooler, some days a cuppa coffee, but mostly not....i get to the track around 715 and walk an hour, or maybe an hour and a half and somedays, maybe 3 days a week, i go back again in the evenings....around 5 to 6 for another hour
    of course, i do not currenly work, which makes it alot easier
    but i wish u all the luck in the world and hope you find the way to get your routine worked out....
    1988 days ago
    Thanks everyone! You've given me some good ideas! I think I may start with once a day 6 days a week, alternating cardio and strength/toning. I really wish my gym had a pool! I STINK at using the elipticals but they do burn more than the bike... I just hope I don't fall off! My last attempt at running was NOT a success but that is what I'm shooting for in the future. Thanks for all your input!!!
    1988 days ago
    I think you will have to see what you can handle. It is probably better to start out once a day or 5 times a week for the first couple of weeks, then see if you have the energy to do more. Don't want to hurt yourself or feel that it becomes too much and you can't do it at all.
    Any exercise is good!
    Your doing awesome!!
    Hugs and Squishes!

    1988 days ago
    I am an all-or-nothing person too - struggle with that as I usually go for the "all" side and then burn out and end up in the "nothing" side. Whatever you end up deciding on the gym routine, just make sure it is something you can sustain so you don't burn yourself out and quit - maybe I'm projecting my issues on you, sorry about that. I'm very proud of you for everything you are doing to take care of yourself. You are such a beautiful person, inside and out. Love your dedication!
    1988 days ago
    What has worked for me: M/W/F: Strength training (40-50 minutes). T/TH/Sat or Sun: 3 mile run followed by 1 mile cool down fast walk. The running was a big change for me, as I have never been a runner in my life, but after I had WLS last year, I very quickly had LOTS of energy to burn off, and I found running to be the way to burn that energy, plus it helped keep my weight loss steady.

    I like to walk and ride the recumbent bike, but I just found it does not burn the calories the way running does. A good alternative that I sneak in from time to time is to sub swimming in (40 minutes) for a run/walk session.

    I still do yoga and tai chi when I get up in the morning, and of course walk our dogs each day in the morning, but my average total exercise time per day is ~80 minutes.

    Hope this helps. Good luck!
    1988 days ago
    Hi Nancy,
    From everything I've been researching the past year, every other day for cardio is best and then do strength training on the other days--Exercising everyday is great--just mix it up.

    Maybe the cardio in am and strength/weights in the pm will work for you as long as you don't over do either--balance.....

    What ever you do will be best for you. I'm all or nothing too just like you--find a balance. It will not only be great for your body, it will help you to practice being in balance in other areas.

    Love ya,
    1988 days ago
    So glad to see you back on sp my friend. You'll find a routine that works for you.
    1989 days ago
  • KONRAD695
    I think you'll be fine with twice a day, if you do it smart. Try mixing in weights, yoga, aerobics, or something for your 2nd workout. The morning you could do the wake up walk, bike, swim, or run. Give yourself some rest periods though (rest=2 mile walk). Be careful not to double up on muscle groups. I recently hurt my knees and can't get them back into shape. It might not have been the work that hurt them, but I had nothing left to help them out.

    My weight loss with doubles. I walk around 2 miles in the morning with dogs(5/week). Then I do fast walking, rowing, weights, aerobics, or combo (5/week). One day is off, 2 days single, and 4 days double. My Spark calories are supposed to be 2200-2600. Last week I stayed between 1200-1700 calories. By Friday I lost 3.8 pounds.

    Now the down side. Saturday I was tired and lethargic, couldn't put out a full workload. Spent the day eating 2800 calories started feeling better Sunday night. Also, I get my knees to heal at all. My body is too busy eating itself to fix itself.

    Now i'm going for the 2200 calorie day with 20% less workout time.

    Hope everything works out for you. emoticon
    1989 days ago
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