This summer I couldn't afford a gym membership so when it was too hot to run outside or raining I would do this exercise video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3zAG4zvVpc
I really like it and feel like I've gotten a good work out from it afterwards.
So a breakdown of what I do...
For running I'd say on average I run 3-4 times a week and their 5km runs. I'll start heading back to the gym when it gets cold since winter in Ontario sucks and my student fees will finally cover it once the new semester starts yay! I vary my cardio routine at the gym by either doing 5k on the treadmill or 35 min on the elliptical on the random hill setting. Some days I'll do the bike or half bike and half elliptical...depends on what I'm feeling :P.
Then after cardio I do about 15-20ish minutes of ab exercises and using the machines for arms and legs. The ab exercises include 1.5-2 min planks (1-3 sets...usually 2 tbh), different leg lift and cross leg things, the boat rowing thing (okay I really fail at names here) which I usually hold a 5lb weight thing for just to add an extra bit of resistance for my arms, and that side to side thing where you sit on your butt, hold your legs up and twist your body from side to side.
If you don't know that many exercises a thing that I've done is pay attention to what other people are doing at the gym and try to mix it into my own routine. It's always fun to switch up your routine a bit to keep it interesting.
As for weight loss lately I haven't been stickin to my diet as much lately but overall since starting to work out and eat better starting at the end of May I didn't notice a dramatic drop in weight and I'm okay with that. My body is much more toned though, my clothing that fit tight from bad eating during the school year fits properly now, and I have a flat stomach. I don't own a scale so I have no idea on the numbers and that's not really important to me anyways. I feel good though and genuinely enjoy exercising...like I'll feel crappy if I go to many days without it. For those of you starting or starting again it's rough at the beginning but ease into it and don't push yourself too hard. Most importantly find a way to make it fun for you
I recommend if there are any fitness free-for-alls at your local gyms to sign up for some free classes and get a feel for what you like.
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