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.