Working out has become a big part of my life. I workout pretty much every week day and occasionally on the weekends as well… depending on how I’m feeling. I was a pretty active child. I grew up swimming and had swim practice every day and then I also played basketball in middle school and tennis in high school. I think that being active is so important and crucial for living a healthy life. Not only does working out help maintain a healthy weight, it also helps to keep your heart healthy. Why would you not do something so simple to make you feel better and healthier?
I think the hardest thing about working out is actually starting. I have those days where I just want to skip the gym and sit in bed, but I’m at the point where I know that I’ll be much happier if I don’t end up skipping. Just do it and don’t think too much into it. Also, if you really, really don’t want to go, then don’t because you’re just going to end up sitting on your phone in the gym and that would be counterproductive.
I think it is also difficult to know exactly what to do to workout. Sports are a great way to get active. I personally really enjoy going to the gym. When I first started going to the gym, I wasn’t sure what to do or what I would enjoy. I just tried everything (treadmill, elliptical, biking, weights)… eventually I found out what I liked. You really just need to give everything a try because you will find something. Whether you like yoga, HIIT, cardio, weightlifting, etc., just know that you’re doing something great for yourself! Here is what I personally like to do at the gym each day (I don’t follow a strict schedule, but here is a sample workout week):
Monday: I’ve recently discovered that I really enjoy the Peloton bike. My gym at school doesn’t have the actual bikes, so I just use the stationary bikes that are there and use the Peloton app. I do a 30-45 minute workout depending on how much energy I have. I love Peloton because each workout is so different and the instructors are GREAT! Along with Peloton, I will do some ab workout and some pull ups and push ups. I also hold a plank as long as possible because planks do so much for your body!
Tuesday: I have been a runner, but I feel like running is one of the best workouts and makes me sweat the most. I will run on the treadmill as long as I can…ranges from 1 mile to 3+ miles. The only thing that gets me through the run is music, so make sure you have a good playlist! Then I will do an arm workout (Tone It Up has really good workouts, so check them out). I really like doing pull-ups, push-ups, shoulder presses, etc.
Wednesday: Once again I do a Peloton ride. I try and do a Peloton ride at least 2x a week. I think it is great because the rides are more high intensity and really get my heart rate going. After Peloton, I’ll do some leg workout such as squats with a shoulder press, jump squats, lunges, etc. Of course I have to do my plank too.
Thursday: I will either run again or I’ll do elliptical or I’ll just walk on an incline. Walking on an incline seems easy, but it makes you SWEAT! I walk around 45 minutes and I’ll just watch Youtube or something. Then I’ll do an ab workout and maybe some arms.
Friday: Friday’s I typically either do Peloton or I run. It honestly depends on how I am feeling. That’s so important…listen to your body! I then will do an ab workout and maybe some yoga. I’m not a huge yoga person, but I really do believe it is a good workout. It makes me exhausted and my muscles definitely get sore the next day. Yoga is really slow for me, but I do it because it really makes you strong!
As you can see I don’t have an exact workout plan. I really just like to do whatever I’m feeling. I always do at least 30 minutes of cardio because cardio is my favorite, but I also really like doing body weight exercises. One of my favorite things to do are headstands…straight core! I would like to get more into weightlifting too, but we’ll see if that actually happens. If I were to do one exercise only, it would be plank because it works so many different muscles. It is so important to have a strong core too because your core supports your back a lot! I just hit a 2 minute plank, and am slowly working towards a 5 minute plank. Check back in to see if I make that goal. Also, comment below your favorite workouts or why you love working out!