What type of exercise are people doing out there? I seem to read so many blogs by Cross Fit enthusiasts. I don't have the budget for that at all.
For me, mostly walking. I like MDA's suggestion of a lot of walking/hiking, lift heavy things once or twice per week and sprints once per week. I'm just not up to more than walking and some flights of stairs at the moment.
Crossfit is fun, but it's easy to overtrain. I noticed a lot of crossfitters with ankle/wrist/knee injuries at the box near me (when I tried it out for a month).
For lift heavy things, bodyweight and dumbbells do it for me.
Just do what you like and what you can afford. Nothing is more depressing than doing things you don't like, just because others do it. I'm not a fitness type of guy, so I don't bother with crossfit.
Instead I just do what I feel like, running up a hill every once in a while (free), skating for a few hours (I bought some 2nd hand skates for 15 bucks), go swimming when it's warm (in a lake it's free), just take a walk if I'm too tired (also free :) ), I do acrobatics every once in a while (lifting people), I dance a lot (all kinds of dances), I love to play tennis or tabletennis if I can find a worthy opponent (I bought a 2nd hand tennis racket for 5 bucks, and there is a free tennis court in my neighbourhood)... but I do it because I like it and when I feel like to, and I don't feel any urge to do crossfit 'because its paleo' or something.
Just think of something you like, alone or with other people, and incorporate it in your lifestyle, and a lot of things can be cheap or free and a hell lotta fun. :)
I do Kettlebells about four times a week (Viking Warrior conditioning and then the standard lifts). Also walk about five times a week for 5-6 miles at a time, I run sprints about twice a week, swim a couple miles a week and hike about as often as I can without getting fired!
Also have an indoor Rower that I use when I don't have time to go out or when it's really cold outside during the winter.
Morning ritual is decline pushups plank pushups and incline pushups along with a bunch of playful stretching.
I've read what MDA says about chronic cardio, but I just love to run. That and Bikram Yoga are my favorites and work so well together for me. Also just started the one hundred pushup challenge b/c I know I need to do more body weight stuff and feel like I have no upper body strenght.
Hey, Kelly. It depends on what your specific goals are. Also, you can do CF-type workouts at a regular gym or even at home if that's all you've got. Bodyrock.tv has some interval-type stuff similar to CF that you can do in the comfort of your own home, and Insanity DVDs are interval type with more of an emphasis on cardio than traditional CF. Personally, my routine varries throughout the year, but it alwasys includes some combination of HIIT (high intensity intervals) and resistance training (weights) and of course good old body weight exercises. If you just want to get in shape, and build a good base, I would recommend running 4-6 days per week to build up some cardio fitness. 2 of those days do intervals (sprinting) and two of them make moderate distance and a steady but challenging clip (3miles is good to start, crawl if you have to). If oyu have the energy or stamina, you can incorporate 1 longer run in the tune of 5-10 miles, depending on where you're at. On top of that I'd recommend sticking to compound movements in the gym 3x per week alternating workout A (upper body), B (lower body), and A again for 3 days a week. After two weeks I'd do B A B. Compund lifts (overhead presses, benches, chins, squats, lunges, stiff leg deadlifts, and rows).
Any level of fitness is better than no level of fitness. Start easy and build positive momentum.
OMG another Kelly! I've never seen so many in one place! (welcome to Paleo Hacks for Kellys!)
walking is best, anything really that allows you to just move, even if in place, lunging etc.
doing a series of sprints is also good (10 sets 10, up a hill or stairs)
I like Beth Chamberlin's kettle bell DVD's. Pilates. Yoga. My new favorite is the ultimate sandbag workout. 20 minutes 3 times a week and my abs and arms are ripped. Or try BodyrockTV. It's 12 minutes a day and it's free!!
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