I see you have great advice. I keep nuts, a protein and a fiber bar, some hard candy and some mini candy bars, a box of raisins, my swim suit, shorts, t-shirt, my shampoo and conditioner, shoes, socks, water shoes, and a brush in my gym bag. I don't eat all my snacks but depending on how my blood sugar is, I sometimes need a fast sugar fix, I usually need something when I finish - especially when I swim because I will often stay in the water for 2-4 hours at a time. It goes long past being EXERCISE and becomes fun and relaxing for me. Starting off with 30 minutes 3 times a week is not a bad PLAN if you are PRETTY sure that is going to fit into YOUR life and YOUR schedule. It is okay to start with "AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK" as your initial goal and then up it when you see you are able to - that way instead of being disappointed in yourself, you succeed and usually at the start will EXCEED expectations. Depending on where you stand health and fitness wise, you might start with a LOT less - 5 - 10 minutes, or even more. YOU know YOU better than anyone else.
With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.
I would say how often and how long is really how often and how long you're willing and able to do it easily with no muss/no fuss! It's too easy to start off like New Year's resolutions and commit to something that turns out to be unrealistic after a little while. Consider it as starting a new habit. Start small--maybe very small, until it becomes a habit, like brushing your teeth. When it's a no-brainer to do it, then you can increase the parameters. After all, what you're changing isn't just the exercise part; it's also getting there, getting dressed, etc. etc. Some might laugh, but the start could be as small as just getting into the habit of driving to the gym and walking in, then turning around and going home. So take it slowly so you associate all of it with good feelings and not overwhelm, pain, etc...
In my gym bag I have my sneakers, my zumba skirt, my workout clothes, my towel, my 2 bottle of water (that I sometimes forget to fill up at home ) and some money for emergencies. I'm going to take Debbieanne's advice and put a granola bar too.
As for how long, that depends on how fit you are I guess. I do zumba for cardio and only go for 10 minutes on the treadmill before doing my strength training workout. Maybe there could be someone at the gym you could ask for help?
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I normally wear to the gym what i will be wearing in the workout and jsut take a small bag that contains a cloth for sweat wiping and a water bottle and a small snack like a protein bar or granola bar or piece of fruit, etc. d
If it's only the treadmill I'd start out slow at 10 minutes and gradually build up the time by one or two minutes per day. My max is a 4 mile quick walk. I do upper body strength training as well on the Universal gym.
I know this should seem like a no brainier however I need some help. Ladies what do you pack in a gym bag? What do you suggest to eat before a work out and after? I joined a gym to at least use a treadmill. :) Just starting out how many days a week should I go for and how long of a workout. I was thinking three days a week for at least a half hour. Thanks!
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