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Exercise for the Long-Term

Friday, February 28, 2020

Yesterday's Premium Coaching was about exercising for the long-term and the more I think about it, the exercise routine I have set up for myself is probably not sustainable for the long-term. The current routine is this:
1. 15 min stretching in the morning
2. Gym Mon, Wed, & Friday for cardio
3, Strength training at home Mon, Wed, & Friday
3. Daily walk or walking tape
4. Yoga Tues, Thurs, & Saturday (Tuesday's Yoga is at the Senior Center)
5. Sunday is rest day

I have an appt with a trainer at the gym on Mar 18th and we'll be adding some strength exercises at that time so I will discontinue that at home.

Can I see myself keeping up this routine for the long term? I tend to go at it too hard sometimes and then I quit because I have trouble keeping it going and I don't feel good. I need to rethink how I'm going about this - because I DO WANT it to be for the long-term and I want to enjoy it and not view it as a chore.

Thus far, I've done OK and not had any problems carrying out my plan until yesterday afternoon. Yesterday should have been Yoga at home and I just didn't have the motivation to get it done. I took the afternoon off! And it got me thinking - how are you going to make this work for the long-term??

What are my current priorities?
1. I definitely want to continue the gym 3 times/week. This will provide me with cardio and strength training (starting on March 18th). I can play around with different cardio routines to keep from getting bored.
2. I definitely want to continue Yoga on Tuesday afternoons.
3. I definitely want to incorporate some stretching - maybe after gym sessions??
4. And I definitely want to have a minimum amount of activity throughout the day - I monitor this using my step tracker - current goal is a minimum of 5,300 steps/day.

Is this sustainable? What's really different? I've eliminated the daily walk/walking tape. Maybe I just do that when I want - especially on pretty days when the sun is out. I've reduced the daily stretching to 4 days. Reaching 5,300 steps is not difficult - especially on gym days if I use the treadmill.

Probably the most important thing is to be flexible. Be willing to alter the routine when necessary. Or mix things up just for a change of pace.

Let's see how it goes. I've been struggling with setting up an exercise routine since I restarted in the beginning of January. I'm still struggling to find what will work best for me, but I'm not giving up.


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    The current plan seems like a bit much to me too. It would be hard to keep up with. Not sure how busy the rest of your life is and what all that you are trying to balance.

    87 days ago
    I think your new list looks much more attainable. Your current routine sounds like it would take up several hours each week and I know I'd have a hard time maintaining that! Good luck with your new plan!
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    87 days ago
    That sounds really aggressive. Maybe you should work up to that.
    87 days ago
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