This has been the first time in my life that I've ever worked out on a regular basis for more than a week. It all started when I decided to sign up for the sprint triathlon in October of last year. As soon as I mentioned it to my husband, he jumped on board and we began training.
I couldn't even run 1/4 mile. I didn't know how to properly swim laps. I hadn't ridden a bike in ages.
I was shooting for the stars you could say.
I started training by running first, as I thought that would take me the longest to prepare for. Eventually I added in swimming and biking, alternating between the three during the week.
Now, many months later, I've maintained the variety in my workouts, but pulled back a little bit on the intensity.
So, the list above shows what my daily workouts look like. Sometimes I change up what I do each day, but that is a general look at what I accomplish weekly.
One of the main reasons that I've been able to maintain this workout routine is due to my husbands' encouragement. He and I go to the gym together every morning, so I can count on him waking me up and holding me accountable to go with him. I've really come to enjoy doing it together.
Another factor is finding things I enjoy to do without overdoing it. I tolerate running, but I don't desire to run everyday. I really enjoy swimming, so I look forward to doing that during the week as well. Biking is probably my least favorite, but a spin class makes it all go by quickly.
I don't anticipate ever doing a long run, like a half marathon. I chose a triathlon for my goal because it's 3 different activities all done in short stints. I can wrap my brain around swimming 5 laps, biking 12 miles, and then running 2 miles--but the idea of running 13 miles straight sounds like torture. So, make sure you set goals that motivate you!
I buy the majority of my workout clothes from TJ Maxx or Target. I don't like to spend a pile of money on clothes I'm going to sweat in.
If you are looking to start a workout regime, keep these things in mind:
1. A partner is crucial. Accountability is hugely important. Find a friend to go to the gym with you at the same time and even if you go and do different things while you are there, atleast you know someone is counting on you to show up.
2. TRY classes. I was so apprehensive to do classes, but they really are enjoyable and it's usually a great work out.
3. Find a schedule that works for you. I never in my life would have thought that getting up at 5:00a would be something I like doing. But I really love the fact that I'm finished with my workout (which typically lasts between 45mins-1hour) by 7am. I come home, make breakfast and watch the news. It's a lovely morning routine.
4. Don't obsess about weight loss. My original goal for doing the triathlon back in the fall was to simply say I did it. I wasn't trying to lose weight, but I did anyway. It was a pleasant surprise! Since then, my goals have simply been to maintain this healthier lifestyle and if I lose weight, cool. If I don't, oh well. Health is more important than being "skinny".
I'm doing another sprint tri in May, the Ramblin' Rose triathlon in Raleigh. I'm looking forward to it and am anxious to see how I've improved!
What have you found that is motivating and pushes you during work outs? Do you set goals (like a triathlon) or just try to get into a routine?