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I've been doing a beginner's (IE, strength and endurance building) form of high intensity interval training (aka, HIIT.) A warm-up, work out, and cool-down usually take about a half an hour, so it's fairly easy to fit in. Because the work out portion is usually only 10-15 mins, it's supposed to be done every day if possible, or only a day or two of "active rest days" if not. (Right now, I'm not into the very intense workouts, but someday!...) I haven't lost weight yet (been 3 weeks) but I do feel stronger and can do the exercises faster and better. I tend to exercise between dinner and my shower. I'm not a morning person, so I don't want to get up earlier to exercise and shower. And I sweat a LOT so not showering isn't an option haha. I do have to make sure I don't eat a heavy dinner, though, or it'll be late at night before I'm ready to exercise. I usually try to work out sometime between 8 - 9pm.
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The "fitting it in" part of your question is something that I have to work at myself.
I am lucky, I live in a big city, close-ish to where I work, so I walk to work almost every day. It's about 4.5 km (about 2.75 miles) and takes me about 45 minutes. (The only day I don't walk to work is during the school year when I take a class at the other end of the city and drive there right after work - I walk every day during the summer.) I try to run at least once every weekend day and during the summer, I incorporate my local farmers market into my run! I end my run there and then get to buy fresh produce for the week. I also try to run home at least once per week, too, but not in the winter if its slippery. Sometimes I'll go for a quick short run, or Tabata run in the morning, but I haven't been so good at that of late!
I know myself - I know that I prefer to work out in the morning, that I am usually really tired by the time I'm done work so I don't want to take a class at that point, its just not something I would keep up with. BUT I will run home because that's transportation and it saves me transit fare if I was to take transit instead. lol
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I walk...a LOT! But I enjoy it!
I also Belly Dance and that will kick your keister. It helps in so many ways, I cannot speak highly enough of it.
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During the school year, I strength train 3 times a week. I walk, use the elliptical machines, ride bike. During the summer, it's hit and miss with the kids home.
I walk 5-7 miles a day and have been trying to run part of it...I am now up to 1.25 miles.
I do spin class, aqua fit, and an ab and body strength training class at the gym. Guess I need to start logging in my fitness. I think mixing it up is a good thing to prevent getting in a rut.
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Hmmm, I try to mix it up a lot cuz I get bored too quickly - work out at the local Y 5 days/week and try to do a number of different combos of cardio and strength training - Kickboxing, Step Aerobix, Yoga, Strength classes, Boot Camp/Circuit Training
Generally, try to do 90 minutes per day.
I eat like a horse....to be able to XZ - or - is it the other way around? :)
I swim, stationary bike, free weights, DVD's at home, gym, hike in the mountains, etc. The kids can participate in any of those activities. I try to do 45 mins to 1 hour 4 to 5 days per week. We usually use Sunday after church for a hike in the mountains.
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I would suggest walking with weekend hikes. Also geocaching is fun and there's a spark group for geocaching. If you have a smartphone or a portable car gps, then those are usable for geocaching. We've done it with highschoolers and they had a blast but it's also good with yo and up, especially if you find a cache with stuff in it. www.geocaching.org can get you started.
I would suggest choosing hikes with something specific to get them started. My kids first hikes were to waterfalls with a promise of taking shoes off and getting feet wet. We live near the Appalachian Trail and have hiked to an entrance point to provide snacks / rides for hikers - kids loved talking to the people and hearing about their experiences.
This way the kids "aren't exercising" but doing an activity. The geocaching is also great to do when traveling as there are caches all over the place.
If I knew what area you lived in, I could probably suggest some fun hikes.
The kids also enjoyed bike riding and canoeing. Currently I'm learning Tai Chi and we have a couple of middle schoolers and a high schooler doing the classes with their moms.
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I do Zumba, Step Aerobix, Yoga, walking, Circuit Training ( group class that used lighter weights with cardio in between), 30 minute classes that concentrate on the abdominals. I also do the Machines for my arms, the tricep push down is my fav.
I do all of this with the exception of walking at my YMCA, which I walk to since its about a quarter mile away. The Zumba class, you can bring your kiddos, they are often the highlight of the class, so cute to see them in action! The Y also has a nursery with limited hours. My girls in in their twenties now, so I don't need child care, but when they were young, I always made sure any gym I belonged to had childcare available so that I never was held back from working out.
Walking is a great form of exercise. I like to do it in the evenings in the warm months, sunset is perfect, bc I'm too old to be out in the sun.. did too much of that when I was younger... and its usually a lot more comfortable temperature wise. You really don't need anything other than a well fitting pair of shoes and comfortable clothing. Kiddos can come with, or an adult friend. I really like walking by myself or with my dogs as it gives me an opportunity to clear my mind and be in the moment.
Some people enjoy listening to music or podcasts if you have an ipod. NPR has a variety of programs on a range of subjects.
I'm sure team members with young kiddos will be on to share their tips with you...
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I am wheelchair-bound so my exercise is limited--which doesn't help weight loss.
Just a quick question...What do you do for exercise? How do you fit it in? And how long do you workout/how many days a week? I am trying to figure out the best way to work out, with kids or without (because I am trying to get my kids to be more active as well) My goal is at least 30 minutes, at least 3 times a week... Hoping this will help me feel better, and make it possible for me to enjoy my kids more