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Let’s get moving

D-Blog Week Day 5: Let’s get moving

In a post last August, I mentioned that I had joined a gym, and was going a few days a week.  It’s been 9 months since I joined, and I can feel a difference in how I feel on the days that I do go.  Admittedly, I do need to work on going more.

On the days that I do make it to the gym, I still follow the structured cardio routine devised by the trainers based on recommendations from my doctor, but I’ve also added some weight training.  That routine consists of 3 stages: a warm-up stage, a work out stage, and a stretching/cool down stage.

My warm-up routine is pretty simple.  It’s just 3 to 5 laps around the indoor walking track to get my heart rate up and my muscles ready to workout.  Once I’ve completed the warm-up, I move on to the real workout.

As I said, the routine I follow is mainly cardio, with some weight training added for variety and strengthening.  We are focusing on strengthening my heart, and getting it working better.  Walking, bicycling, stair climbing, etc… are all forms of cardiovascular exercise.  And not surprisingly, are the three main components to my routine.  And what I do from day to day varies.

Some days the cardio portion of the workout is divided into 3 parts; I start out walking on a treadmill for 10 minutes, then spend another 10 minutes on a recumbent bike, and finally another 10 minutes on a step machine.  Other days, I spend 30 minutes on the treadmill, and then move on to weight training.  Finally, I finish the session with a little stretching and cool down period.

It’s a pretty simple routine, but it does the job. When I do it anyway. 🙂

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  • Bob P

    Out of curiosity: is the variation from day to day based on what you feel like doing, or is it assigned as part of the program?

    • Mike

      Bob, the goal is to do 30 minutes of cardio per session, but it is really up to me how I get it done. The trainers recommended splitting the 30 minutes across the three different machines, and I do that some of the time. But if you do the same thing over and over, you get bored and tend to want to give up.
      So, I mix it up, to keep it interesting and challenging.