With a little over 2 weeks into the year, I feel like I’ve finally fallen into a regular routine of gym going. Considering the way I felt about the subject just a month ago, I’m actually pretty impressed with how well I was able to get back into it. Although I tend to be pretty autonomous when it comes to my workout routine, my plan is to switch little things up here and there to keep my body’s progress from becoming stagnant and also to keep myself motivated to push on.
The last time I checked in, I was really just getting back into the exercise game with a focus on cardio and light weights here and there. You can read my first week plan here.
This week, I still kept the cardio going, but added a more solid weight regimen to the routine. I purposely chose to start each workout with 25-45 minutes of cardio depending on how much time I had available, and then follow up with the strength piece. Since I still am trying to burn off that layer of fat from December, I kept cardio as my priority by putting it FIRST in the workout. This way I would not run out of time and end up cutting cardio short, or worse, talk myself out of it altogether. Getting right on that machine and entering the full amount of time I had available helped to keep me accountable, and by today, 45 minutes didn’t seem long at all.
Unlike last week, I pushed harder by going back to the weights I was at before the break and pushing out 3 full sets of 12 on each machine. I alternated upper body, lower body, and core days when it came to strength and tried to pick a weight where I was really feeling a burn by rep 7. I would love to do more in a day, but to be honest, I have no more time and sleep, dinner, and work must take priority as well. I’m sure I am not the only one in this time crunch when it comes to exercise, so let’s do the best we can in the time we have.
I can already feel my body slowly changing and am sure that by summer, I will be able to show it as well! I hope you will join me on this fitness journey and make your 30’s your fittest years yet!
WEEKS 2&3 RULES IN A NUTSHELL
Start with cardio. 25-45 minutes is great!
Weights second... alternating lower and upper body days.
Fit core exercises in wherever you can.
Stretch and hydrate!
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Up next: Strength, then cardio!