The Things I Eat Daily thread in the food forum got me thinking and wondering what exercises people do daily.
I try to switch up my workouts between biking, tennis, and home videos and I've recently incorporated working out with a trainer at the gym into the mix.
But what are the things that you do every day (or every other day for strength training)? plank, push ups, crunches, jump rope, bicep curls, etc.
Now that I have a dog I am now walking every morning for about 1.5 miles. I've also recently incorporated short interval jogs into the walk.
I lift weights 3 times a week- what I do there depends on what workout I am doing from my laid out program. Basically it all comes with a warm up, planks of some variation, stability power, squat/ or hinge then a lunge, push pull and one legged followed by metabolic work and foam rolling and stretching.
I guess I do a fair amount of walking everyday...I go to a lot of meetings at work and most are in a different building, so I walking a decent amount for an office job.
I also don't really sit down when I am home. I cook every night, which requires you to stand. I'm always doing something to clean or organize or working on a project of some sort.
Every Day (almost):
- walking for errands
- walking longer distances for exercise
- spinning on AirDyne
Every Other Day (or sort of):
- heavy bag
- hanging abs
- strength-training routine
- kettle bells
- Power Tower
- weight bars
- hand grips
I alternate my strength workouts (upper one day, lower the next). Upper usually has dumbell bench presses, dumbell curls, lat pull-downs, pull-ups, pushups, tricep dips and some other random ones thrown in there. Lower has weighted squats on a bosu ball, russian deadlifts, step-ups, lunges of various varieties, and sometimes some jumping. I do weights in supersets, with core stuff in the interim (planks, crunches or "up and outs," usually). I usually do 10 minutes of moderate stationary bike first thing at the gym, then weights, then finish up with 40-60 minutes of elliptical.
About 5-6 days a week, I use a stairmaster for 25 minutes on high intensity intervals. But sometimes I just want to go a little more slow and steady, so 1 day a week I'll do 30 minutes on it at a moderate, steady pace.
I'm usually doing errands with my mom every other day, so that counts for a bit of walking. I also walk my dog every day for about 10-15 minutes. On Sundays I usually go for a 40-60 minute brisk walk with my dad. Lately we've been doing some jogging too(which I think is insanely fun! :D) but my dad can never keep up with me...
I try to do 20-30 minutes of calistenics 5x a week, but this past month I've been pretty bad, and have been only doing it about 3x a week. However, I've been pushing myself pretty hard in the past few days! I usually do squats, lunges, and tons of different arm exercises with 8 lb dumbbells, along with pushups, tricep dips, russian twists, planks, and several variations of crunches.
And maybe every now and then I'll turn on my Wii and play Just Dance 3 for like an hour nonstop xD It's really fun!
EDIT** Gah, I forgot about yoga! I do stretching and yoga almost every day for 20-40 minutes.
I just started back on a workout routine... I seem to start a lot... heehee! I do Yoga twice per week, 30 min. on the elliptical, sometimes I add some treadmill (depending on my mood and energy, I might run or walk), on the days that I don't do yoga, I do a little circuit of abs/stretching/weights.
I'm actually looking for sites/resources that may outline simple but complete workouts, I forget a lot and can't focus, so I feel like I'm not optimizing my time at the gym as much as I could...
I get bored easily, so next month it might be pilates class or zumba... who knows!
Awesome. This is helpful.
I'm trying to get in the habit of three times a week strength training. I work out with a trainer on Wednesdays and am looking for solid home exercises that I can do on Mondays and Fridays. Between my trainer sessions and 30 day shred, I've gotten a handful of exercises that are helpful and I enjoy.
Any recommendations on much time I should be spending on strength training on these days?
I do 5 hours of exercise every week. I do 2-22 minute DVD's from Gilad Janklowicz (Bodies in Motion and Total Body Sculpt) plus 16 minutes of floorwork of my own that I have used over the years to keep in shape (inner and outer thighs, calves, waist, bicept and tricept, hips, lats), Monday through Friday, and take Saturdays and Sundays as "days of rest". I sometimes throw in Gilad's Elite Force, Cuts and Curves, or Total Body Sculpt Plus, etc., for variation. I've worked out with him on and off since 1985 when he was on ESPN in the mornings before work. Can't get enough of Gilad. I'm 61 years old and more fit than some 25-year-olds thanks to this guy. I think of him as my personal trainer.
I worked out with a series of DVDs for the past year and lost 50 pounds. I hit a weight loss plateau for those last ten pounds. I recently have been attending fitness classes on using the TRX bands. I LOVE the TRX classes, I attend each morning 6 days a week for 1/2 hr to 45 minutes. The trainer switches up muscle groups and workouts so all I have to do is show up and do the workout! It is kick-butt, high intensity workout. I can feel such a difference in my flexibility and tone from ramping up to this level of exercise. I have NO doubt I will be wearing sleeveless shirts this summer!
I'm probably in a bit of rut, though I try to vary it.
Every other day I do strength training or what I call "my stretches," which actually is mostly pilates. We bought a bo-flex, which I used about twice before reverting to what I'd done before - hand weights. They're much more portable. (My husband uses the bo-flex, so it does get used a lot.)
For the rest of my exercise, I run pretty much every day, 3 miles in the morning, choosing from 3-4 different routes. On the weekends, depending on the time of year, I usually run one day and do something else both days - skiing (cross-country or downhill), biking, hiking. During the week, I pretty much always do another 20 minutes or so of something else, usually walking the dog at a fast pace, doing some running in between the walking.
Another kind of funny thing I do is that I do leg lift while I'm brushing my teeth, which also helps my balance. And try to put on my socks one at a time, standing up, with my eyes closed - much more difficult than you would think!
I bike around 13km to work each day, five days a week plus body pump twice a week - although Im thinking of adding another pump session. Sometimes I add in a 30day shred session but Im a bit lax about that. I don't think you can underestimate the value of incidental exercise (which is what my biking is) - Im not think urgggh have to do exercise - Im thinking I have to go to work and get paid which is a hefty motivation for me :D
i do yoga every day. it's my morning routine, wake up, have my green tea, then yoga. if i don't get anything else in i always try to at least get in my yoga. i don't feel quite human without it!
AT my job 5-6 days a week I am CONSTANTLY on my feet walking, sometimes speed walking for eight hours.
Then everyday I either go for a run or use the elliptical machine for 30-50mins depending when I feel like stopping. Planks are also something I do everyday.
Once in a while, I hike, bike, swim laps, go on leisurely walks. Oh and love having dance parties with friends!
Five to six days a week I do workout videos. It's what has worked best for me in the past and so far. Lately it's mostly been Jillian Michaels, though I do throw in a yoga or pilates as well some days.
Walking, of course.
I try to get some extra cardio in throughout the day, just small bursts, whether or not I'm working out that day, by using iPhone apps, running up and down stairs, or just doing things on my own like jumping rope, boxing, high-knees, etc.
I also do housework daily. And cook. Cooking in a hot Southern kitchen is definitely work. But then I eat back the calories. haha
Also, roughhousing and just playing are a great way to be active and good for the soul, too. :)
I run daily.
I have to kick myself in the rear to get to the gym for strength training, but when I do it's pushups, assisted pull-up, chin-ups, and dips, squats, and some mat work for my abs.
I go on at least a three mile walk, a majority of it being uphill. But I love to run and bike as well. I try to use hand weights daily as well and a few body resistance sets.