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Exercising regularly again.

Friday, November 16, 2012

I'm trying to get back in the habit of going to my gym regularly. I used to be much better about it, but then I started slipping and only going once or twice a week and eventually down to not going at all. My membership fee is $10/mo, which is great for my limited budget but also affects my "I'm spending money on this. I need to use it drive."

Anyway, the plan I want to follow is this:

Sunday: Day Off
Monday: C25K, elliptical, 30 min
Tuesday: Strength training, at least 30 min
Wednesday: C25K, elliptical 30 min
Thursday: Strength training, at least 30 min
Friday: C25K, elliptical, 30 min; some strength training, length depends on how I'm feeling
Saturday: Misc. - walking around the neighborhood, yoga, bike riding, etc.

I'm currently sitting at Week 2 of C25K (1 1/2 minutes running, 2 minutes walking). While I probably can move on to the next week, I'm going to stick at this one for a while so I can build up my running endurance. I typically run at 6.5-7.5 mph on the elliptical (at the lowest resistance), but then my walking speed is pretty slow. I feel like I should stay at this level until I can walk at a faster pace while still maintaining that running speed. I'll work on upping the resistance later after my initial endurance is better.

I know it's ambitious to go from basically nothing at this point to 6 days a week, so I'm considering ditching the Saturdays just until I get myself back into the habit of doing something most days.

I always hear different opinions on whether or not you should exercise every day. Some say it's an absolute yes, but others also say it's a good idea to take a day off to give your body time to recover. Personally, I believe in the latter. That, and my schedule on Sundays doesn't exactly allow for exercise without throwing off my schedule for the rest of the day or being so late at night that keeps me up too late from all the endorphins.
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