Exercise routine

I change my routine fairly often.  Why’s that? 

  1. I poop out
  2. I get more energy
  3. time constraints
  4. general activity level
  5. I get bored
  6. I get interested in something new

At this point in time, December 2009, I go to the YMCA, about six blocks away, three times per week.  That, I can say, I consider a staple to my routine and has been for a bunch of years now.  I did have stretches where I went four times, and I found that hard to maintain.  We’ll see what the future holds.

My routine at the gym right now consists of 20 minutes on the treadmill, 3.5 percent incline, at 3.4 to 3.5 miles per hour — a fast walk.  Then I either do the arc or elliptical for another 20.  After that, I go into the resistance room and do 3 to 4 machines for the upper body (3 sets of 15 reps), and 3 to 4 machines for the lower body (again 3 sets of 15 reps).  On Saturdays, I add another 20 minute routine that consists of a set of stretches, crunches with a 6 lb medicine ball, bridges, and a few other exercises my trainer showed me to help with my core.

I have incorporated 5 minutes of the rowing machine, which felt great.  I have done the bike on days I thought I should mix things up, the recumbant and the regular bike.  I find the recumbant hurts my back sometimes.

I like to walk at least a mile a day in the neighborhood.

I try to do exercises at home on the days I don’t go to the gym, in the evenings when we’re relaxing in front of the tv, I do any and all of the following in that routine:  leg lifts, crunches, bridges, side bends, several things with the free weights.   

When I started at my hightest weight I did marching in place for anywhere from 15 minutes to a half hour, and walking.  Maybe some of the other home exercises like leg lifts and sidebends too.

My future goals:  to take classes, like yoga