I’ve been thinking about my workout routine recently and how it can help me lose weight and get strong. As you know I love swimming and that does make up the majority of my fitness time, as shown in my usual work out schedule below:
|Monday||90 minute Coached Swim|
|Thursday||60 Minute Bootcamp|
|Friday||60 Minute Coached Swim|
|Saturday||60 Minute Swim|
|Sunday||60 Minute Swim|
I do 4.5 hours of swimming a week, then only about 1.5 hours of anything else. I also do about 90 minutes of activity through the day, like walking around the office and things, which I count as an absolute minimum.
I have also tried to get in more running by doing the 5k Up & Running Course, but have really struggled to keep the commitment up. I ended up beating myself up and not wanting to run, so I decided to stop until I feel ready to go again. I feel ready now and will going a long to my first running club session tonight! I think I need the social side of fitness to keep me going. That is probably why I like swimming so much as I do it all with my local club and a swim school. I found it really hard to motivate myself to get out running on my own.
I also really want to get some strength work in as all I do at the moment is with the bootcamp. I used to do this by doing Body Pump, but since returning from my big trip I never got back into it and upped my swimming instead. I have re-read New Rules of Lifting For Women in the last few weeks and do like it, but its the commitment at the moment. Bootcamp is only a summer thing and will end in September once it starts getting too dark at the park in the evenings.
I have just cancelled my gym membership. I am thinking that once bootcamp ends I’ll join back at my local gym over the winter and work on my strength there. This is also the time when I stop evening walking as I don’t like to go out in the dark on my own. So I’ll have 2 evening a week free that weren’t before where I can go in the gym. I am very tempted to do at least the 1st phase of NROLFW, but will wait until the time to commit to it on here.
It’s about getting the right balance. At the moment my balance between cardio and strength is off. I’m working on my balance between food and fitness – this will be ongoing for life. I know that working out is not only helping me lose weight, but is also a big help for keeping my mind healthy.
So now it’s about forward thinking for what changes to make in September. Ideas are totally welcome