Tuesday, April 14, 2009

How often do you work out?

So today I went to the doctor to get checked out for a possible thyroid issue, and I found out that *gulp* I weigh about twelve pounds more than I did last summer. I hardly ever weigh myself, so it came as a bit of a shock to me. But then I realized that with all the stress eating I've been doing this year (think candy, lots of it) and the fact that I've cut waaay back on running (from almost every day to...maybe once a week) I guess I shouldn't have been so surprised. I'm not too worried, since I'm still within a healthy BMI range. Still, it made me realize that I really need to get back on track health-wise.

And that put me in the mood for a little workout discussion:

When I'm not being a lazy-butt like I am now, I generally do a little running several times a week and some yoga poses (planks, in pariticular) for stretching and strength. Sometimes I'll use free weights I have at home, but I'm pretty casual about it. I live right next to a university gym for which I have free admission, but I don't like working out in a crowded gym all that much, probably because I'm way too self-conscious around all the buff gym junkies.

Your turn: how do you work out? Are you more casual or structured? Do you prefer the gym or your home/outside? And what types of workouts do you do (yoga, pilates, strength, running)? I'd love to hear if anyone has tried an "alternative" type of workout like bellydancing- those classes sound so cool!

PS: Has anyone tried programs like Body by Glamour or the Self Challenge? I'm curious about these, but I don't know how well they might work since I'm less worried about weight loss and more worried about getting back on track.

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  1. Well I've used BBG for about a year and a half now. I really think recording your food is so important for both weight loss and maintenance, at least for me it is!

    As you know I'm training for the half-marathon right now so my latest workout of choice has been running. But I used to be a major gym junkie and did weight training 4-5 times a week! I also used to LOVE going to classes at the gym: spin, step, sculpt, circuits. They are SO fun and an hour flies by that way!

    Lately, since I can't afford a gym membership I've been doing the 30-day shred DVD every morning (well trying to do it every morning, usually ends up being 3-5 times a week) and running and doing yoga!

  2. i did bellydancing at my university and its alot of fun!! its really good cardio and you work your core and its just plain fun. especially showing the moves to your bf! theres also a really good bellydancing dvd- goddess workout by dolphina. shes kinda weird but you feel so good doing all the moves :) good luck! oh and btw i found your blog from glamour beauty blog. im so addicted to it now!

  3. yeah... we're not going to talk about how often I'm working out. Let's just say your maybe once a week beats me. I too have been thing of body by Glamour. Or at least buying a copy of 30 Day Shred.

  4. Oh that is very sweet to talk about things like this :D I am more casual with working out. Having fun and taking it slow is the best way to tone your body.

  5. I do Turbo Jam, usually the 20 minute workout. Which by the way usually has me sweating and I am not a sweaty girl. I like the 45 minute workout but it is hard to squeeze in. And on the same dvd there is a body sculpting workout that is really hard but fun. I do the workout about 4 times per week (I am hoping to look awesome in my wedding dress) and I can see a huge difference in my legs and arms!

  6. Wow- every one has such great advice and ideas! :)

    Amber- I'm horrible at tracking what I eat, because I eat so randomly. But maybe that's why I should do it in the first place, huh?

    Jamila- I'm so glad you like the blog! I'm totally going to check out that bellydancing video now. We don't have any classes near me that I know of, but it sounds like such a fun workout.

    Shoshanah- Don't worry, once a week is my improved time over my freshman year of college. If you buy a copy of the 30 day shred I will too :-P

    Julazy- There's nothing wrong with being casual if you can keep up with it! If I jump into working out too fast I usually end up burning out- taking it slow shows good results.

    Melanie C- I feel like I've heard of Turbo Jam but I've never tried it. It sounds so intense!

    Thanks for the comments everyone!