I need some help getting myself into an exercise routine. I've been working on my diet for the last year and now that I have that in line, the next thing is exercise. I'm not so much wanting to exercise for weight loss or for body image reason, though a little tweaking is always nice. I mostly want to exercise because I think it would enhance how I feel physically.
I am a busy stay at home mom (young kids) who can't get out of the house during "normal" hours because of my husband's schedule. So that means my routine needs to be done in house. I have an elliptical machine that was just given to me. I know enough to know that all cardio is a had idea, but I'm not sure what to do other than that. So I'm looking for some input into:
**How often to do Cardo *Other strength and muscle building exercise that doesn't require a lot of $$/ equipment investment * Working in Yoga ** A good routine/ schedule for doing both.
Body weight circuits are quick, simple (though not necessarily easy, ymmv), and free. 3x a week 3 sets of: Bodyweight squats Lunges Jumping Jacks Planks Pushups Dumbell Rows
I'm a busy student and also too exhausted to do hours of working out, especially cardio, but this has improved how I feel and my overall strength and energy levels during the day, markedly.
I'm a big fan of Mark Sisson's approach to exercise (see below). I think it's a really "less is more" kind of thing. You need to be active in general (as much low and slow as you can do), but what you have to do specifically as "exercise" is a lot less than you might think.
If you were more into weight loss, I'd say emphasize the sprinting more (I do HIIT 2x week), but since you're into just feeling better, I think doing one HIIT session with your elliptical and one resistance session a week (I'd consider Doug McGuff's "simple free-hand exercises") would probably work really well.
All cardio is fine if it's nice and easy - spending time idly rolling along on the elliptical will be better than sitting around. But then with young kids you are probably kept on your feet enough. So as suggested above, once or twice a week spend a little bit of time with bodyweight exercises. Beth's link to Sisson has various modifications for the essential exercises which make it easy for anyone to start and progress with.