Friday, March 24, 2017

The Gym Suite Part Two: Maximizing My Workouts



I have been working out for a little over two years now. While I could still stand to lose weight my increased strength has made worthwhile the hours spent.

Resistance training has become enjoyable even. It grounds me to the physical, an important thing for someone usually locked in cerebral pursuits.

My least favorite part is cardiovascular exercise. Aside from swimming, which feels almost like flying, the process is painfully dull.

Not even music or books make the ordeal easy. I would rather be at home writing.

Then I found a fitness guru online who recommended circuit training without breaks between sets. He touted the increased heart rate to be every bit as good as jogging. And trust me when I say that I never run on treadmills. I walk.

If you want to attempt this I highly recommend talking to your doctor first. It can be pretty taxing.

I am good at listening to my body. At first I could only manage nonstop training with lower body workouts (alternating between split body routines allows me to go more often).

Now I’m able to handle nonstop workouts with every session. Not only do I feel the intensity, the time saved means more writing before and/or after. It’s been great.

Sometimes the intensity earns me notice from other members. I don’t mind. It’s kind of flattering to this aging lady.

How about you? Do you have an exercise regimen to recommend?

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8 comments:

  1. EXERCISE? That is such a BAD word!! HAHA....I walk. That is really about all I have been able to do with the Fibromyalgia. I was doing a heated pool at the gym but it was not really heated enough to really help, but it did get me up moving. I let that membership fall by the way side! Now that I am losing weight I think I will consider trying that one again. Walking seems to be the best for me. Since surgery Dakota and I have been leaving it to the yard or I go shopping! Great job on your work outs. That is AWESOME.

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    1. Bless your heart. Thanks for the kind word. You might want to check around and see who has the warmest therapeutic pool. I've learned they are not all maintained the same. A sports medicine/physical therapy center runs one local pool much warmer. ~hugs~

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  2. I should get one. You're making me feel inadequate.

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    1. That is not my intent. ~hugs~ You get plenty of exercise, I think, and could run rings around me. One all-nighter spent trapping or long day of hauling the cats you save would about put me in my grave.

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  3. Nope, I don't exercise. I should take up walking. If my family history is anything to go by, I will, in a few years...

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    1. I sense you get lots of exercise teaching. ~grin~ Take care of yourself!

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  4. I stopped going to the gym in Dec and feel so guilty, because I thought I'd rather walk on my terrace. I end up not walking most days and I am sitting on the fence over going back to the gym. Sigh. I try to console myself that housework counts towards exercise - especially mopping, sweeping and laundry!

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    1. I should have gone yesterday. ~sigh~ Housework counts in my book, though! I didn't do that, either, opting to write for hours and hours instead.

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