Some people say to do strictly weight training, others say some cardio in the mix. How often? I like to walk but I don't want to do my walks and then turn around and do weight training. I will get bored and quit working out all together then. Can I do some sort of routine? Walking 3 times a week, and weight training 3 times a week? Help!
This is far too personal a question to get a standard : "Do X" response.
Sadly the best that I can advise is to structure around your personal capabilities.
Im a huge proponent of High Intensity Interval work, with 3 cardinal rules.
if you dont have all 3, youre doing it wrong. change it up.
Then you have to balance it with Adequate rest for YOUR fitness level. for some, thats a day. for others thats 3-4 days.
Anything you enjoy or will do, is 100x better than X you wont do.
Keep eating Paleo, and sleep MORE than 8hrs a night.
I cant stress the benefits of extra sleep in our stress induced world enough.
Definitely overthinking it. 2-3 days per week of weight training and leisurely walks whenever you feel like it will give great results. Don't try to schedule/structure your walks as "exercise", just go out for a walk and enjoy the fresh air. Keep weight training simple, stick to a few basic movements, learn proper technique, and aim to progress by adding weight between sessions.
Avoid excessive mid-level cardio like distance running or the dreaded ellpitical machine. If you want to do Real cardio just do a couple short sprints or a couple sets of burpees and be done with it.
it would depend on your goal(s):
if you are not a professional athlete
-----that is your fortune does not depend on whether you are more or less proficient/effective in a certain skill (running faster, lifting heavier, or having more defined musculature)-----
fretting too much over routines just doesn't make that much sense as long as you don't HAVE to workout to offset ill effects of your diet: eating 'right' [='paleo', however you define it for yourself] alone is already a great deal: "Walking 3 times a week" - are you bedridden for the rest of time?
what i'm trying to say is that any physical activity is a 'workout' - - - - - but 'gym-confined' or other 'structural' workouts of today for a single purpose to lose weight is nonsense (if that is the goal you're trying to achieve)
Up until recently I had been running about 10-11 miles per week, about 3-4 miles 3-4 times per week, and very little strength training. I have been full Paleo for about 3 months and lost about 6-7 pounds initially, then nothing more.
A month or so ago I stopped running and switched to brief, high-intensity workouts such as kettlebells, floor exercises (push-ups, etc) and burpees, and almost immediately lost 8 more pounds. I went down 1.5 pants sizes in just a few weeks. The effect was really dramatic. This was AFTER running regularly for about 2-3 years. I didn't change diet or anything else, so it seems like the running was keeping the weight ON. I was also frustrated that I was not gaining any strength, but after just a few weeks of kettlebells, I have noticeably better muscle tone in upper and lower body, and feel substantially stronger just while walking around.
I am now a big believer in the HIT or HIIT thing. Not only are the effects great, but it takes up less time, and is more fun. My workouts are only 20-30 minutes every other day.
My view is that diet is 90% of fitness. Anything active you want to do should just be that: stuff you WANT to do. If you're ever forcing yourself to do it, then you're doing it wrong. If all you want to do is go out for a walk and enjoy nature, go for it. If you want to do SEALFIT WODs (http://www.sealfit.com/), go for that too. Long, low-to-moderate, chronic cardio (think long runs, long bike rides, etc) are generally bad for you and I wouldn't advocate them. BUT I know lots of people who actually ENJOY it (not doing it out of obligation because they think it's good for them), so I wouldn't tell them not do to it, just recognize that it's not good for you. I over train. I do Heavy Weights, CrossFit, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, plus random other activities. Sometimes two-a-days. I know it's not optimal for my fitness, and I'm not fooling myself that it's making me awesome, but I enjoy the activities too much to give anything up right now.
Basically: do what makes you happy.