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Do You Have a Workout Schedule?


Friday, February 22, 2013

I've been thinking lately of making a workout schedule. Basically I've been trying to decide if I need one. When I was going through some paperwork at home, I found a handout from SparkPeople about designing your own workout. So I have an idea of how to start doing this.

My questions to you are: Do you have a workout schedule - why or why not? If you do have one, how did you put it together? What does your schedule look like?

I'm just looking for ideas so I can start working on mine. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!!!

Deirdre
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1BEACHWALKER 2/24/2013 2:14AM

    I made streaks on my page to so many things a week. I just make sure I stick with it and make it happen. I have a more flexible schedule than most since I don't work outside the home though. Usually walk/hike every other day for 1-4 miles, depending on how my knees are feeling. In between, I do St and other indoor exercise-like SP videos. I stretch after every routine or walk, even if I vacuum. Stretching is so important! I take one day off a week too..no exercise at all! Good luck! emoticon

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ONEMONSTERSMOM 2/23/2013 9:25PM

    I don't schedule mine but I have a goal for a minimum of 10 min a day. When depression is bad and I don't feel like moving I at least do the 10 min at some point. On the good days I usually bring it up to 30 min. Then Fri and Sun evenings I play pool. When spring comes ill hopefully get walking again until then it's Wii fit.

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SCOUTMOM715 2/23/2013 5:47PM

    I do ST 3 x a week, usually Tues/Thurs/Sat. I walk 6 days a week and now i'll be starting a Zumba class on Monday, so I may change my walking to 5 days a week. I agree with KRICKET4, I plan my workout times as an appointment (don't want to miss them).

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EMMACORY 2/23/2013 3:08PM

    I don't have anything set in writing. I try to look ahead and see when I might get to the wellness center. I like to do water aerobic and they have a water treadmill. I also use the machines for ST. I find it easier to get my 10,000 steps if I do make it to the gym.

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PINKNFITCARLA 2/22/2013 11:33PM

    I do, it varies weekly, but I do ST 3 days per week at the gym, walking 5 days per week and other cardio 2 days per week. I have a fitness journal where I write what my plan is for that week. I initially used Spark People's feature that makes a plan for you and really liked it.

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SUE5007 2/22/2013 3:45PM

    I go to the gym at work at 3pm every day I possibly can. I consider it "scheduled" into my day so I will treat it as being important and I am less likely to skip it. Right now I am focused on strength training so I am doing videos in the classroom at my gym. But in another month or two I will start running again. I will probably run one day then walk hills the next day along with continued strength training.

I totally agree with deciding how often you want to go and for how long. Then pick a time that works for you. If that is 9pm then so be it. There is no bad time to work out.

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MINDBEND 2/22/2013 2:35PM

    I also think it's a great idea to have a plan. It keeps you motivated and you know what to do each day w/o thinking.

Depending on your fitness level, I'm not sure how much or how often you aim to work out. Some people do it daily, others every other day, etc.

- First decide how often u want to go. Experts say one should get at least 30 min excercise daily, but that doesn't have to be at the gym or home gym - could be any active activity. Also fix the best time of day to go that works best for you.
- Aim for at least 30 min of cardio and 2-3 weight sessions/week.
- Do different kinds of cardio each time. DOn't do the same one each time, or your body will grow tolerant to it and then you won't see thes scale move as much.
- If you want to challenge yourself, do cardio at a regular, comfortable pace (but not where u are out of breath) for 3 minutes, then for 1 minute or 30 sec, go fast. Then repeat the same cycle. You'll burn a lot more calories in a smaller amount of time.
- Don't do weight training back to back - always have a day off from weights in between so your muscles can rebuild and recover.

For me, since I work full time with a family, it's impractical for me to go daily, so I go every other day - MWF and Saturdays(saturdays when I get up!)

I'm training for triathlons so my workouts are intense, but goes something like this:
Mondays - bike/run bricks followed by weights/core work
Wed - Swimming and biking followed by swim and weights/core work
Fridays - cross training (either stairmaster, elliptical, etc)
Saturdays - bike/run bricks and swimming

hope that helps a bit. Any more q's feel free to shoot me a question my way! I'd be happy to look over your schedule once u make it.

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KENDRACARROLL 2/22/2013 1:34PM

    Monday & Wednesday - Zumba
Saturday & Sunday - Hiking
All other days are optional and usually I don't work out...
I think it's a good idea to make a plan & treat workout time like an appointment.

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