Posted 31 May 2007 - 06:25 PM
Basically now my overall workouts/get in shape routine tries to consist of the following as long as my schedule isnâ€™t out of what and Iâ€™m in a normal routine with work and personal lifeâ€¦
Try to work out early in the morning 3 out of 4 days during the week around 5:30am, consisting of 20 minutes of hard jogging/running on the treadmill, 15 â€“ 20 minutes of upper body weightlifting (time pending), and working out in a fully heated sauna (at least 175 degrees Fahrenheit, probably around 200) for about 20 â€“ 30 minutes doing as much stretching, sit ups, leg lifts, leg raises, arm/bench pushups as I can, and some light interval jogging without over exhausting myself early from the high heat, because it can definitely wear on you quickly. I rarely workout at night, thatâ€™s the time for my body to rest.
Perform a spinning class Friday evenings for about an hour, and then go in the sauna for some more workout time if I have the energy or go in there to rest the body. Sometimes I lift weights after spinning if I have the juice, sometimes I donâ€™t. I donâ€™t lift before spinning due to having to grab bike handlebars, want my arms to be loose, etc.
Over weekends, I try to bike outdoors around 20 miles once, and one day of outdoor running during the weekend of about 4 â€“ 5 miles. If Iâ€™m not too busy and I have the energy, Iâ€™ll lift weights or work out some in the health club sauna.
So, I try to do a lot, and itâ€™s pretty demanding at times with work and a fairly long commute time and such. Sometimes my body will just say no, especially with one of my knees that will never be 100% ever again due to an ACL and MCL tear about three years ago. However, I just try to keep one main thought in my head that itâ€™s only roughly 1 â€“ 2 hours of wear and tear on the body a day. I have the other 22 â€“ 23 hours of the day to rest the body with little wear and tear.
But recently switching from working out in the evenings to the early morning time has served me well, as well as recently starting to exercise in the sauna. Since last Thursday, the only day where I havenâ€™t done much physical activity was on Saturday, and I was outdoors for a good chunk of that day playing golf, so itâ€™s not like I was lying around being a lazy slob.
Nobody will mistake me for being an athlete or a cross country runner anytime soon, but Iâ€™m really starting to see a difference lately in my physical appearance, slowly starting to get more toned and Iâ€™m not getting gassed out after just 10 minutes of exercise. I really feel my physical stamina and endurance really starting to increase more. My mental attitude is changing as well, wanting to exercise and wanting to fight through the hard jogs or the high heat. Everybodyâ€™s body is different, but from what I have recently been doing exercising, Iâ€™ve never felt more disciplined and determined from a physical and mental standpoint as I have recently, not so much from the weight losing aspect, but in being fit overall. I feel much more determined than I was when I dieted and lost a lot of weight a few years ago. Iâ€™ll never be the most physical person or fastest guy out there in my lifetime. But, at least for now, I have that mentality that I will never, ever quit or give up. Hopefully that will stay with me for a long, long while.