Looking for exercise ideas.... for a VERY busy professional.

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CadenceB

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Posted: 15 Jun 2010, 16:36
I work 65/hrs a week and have been searching for exercise ideas. I need quick, effective workouts. I'm going to try some yoga a couple nights a week. Anyone else have anything?
Rnbwgrl

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Posted: 15 Jun 2010, 20:16
try circuit training, 30 minutes gives a killer workout!
CadenceB

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Posted: 15 Jun 2010, 20:19
I've done tons of circuit training! Would love to find a gym with a pre-set up training cucuit like my old gym from the last town I lived in..... I hate the gyms around here, feel like they are all geared to the meat market.
prov192021

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Posted: 15 Jun 2010, 23:01
Effective & motivating.. check out Jazzercise's website to see how close one of their locations is on your driving route. It's an awesome workout.. you will leave there dripping sweat if you are taught the movements correctly. 1 hour program.
Nodaa

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Posted: 16 Jun 2010, 01:27
CadenceB wrote:
I work 65/hrs a week and have been searching for exercise ideas. I need quick, effective workouts. I'm going to try some yoga a couple nights a week. Anyone else have anything?


I like sports as FUN, so not feeling bored. I always play SQUASH. It is really fun, and it burn many calories in just 30 MINS.
loebner

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Posted: 16 Jun 2010, 07:26
For weight/conditioning make walking part of your commute. e.g. get up earlier. Can you put a treadmill in your office? If so, look into trek desk (http://www.trekdesk.com/) which allows you to walk and work.

For strength training: 20 min a week: buy a pair of dumbbell bars some weights, and an inclining bench for home or office. Then, do 7 or 8 exercises. One set, 8-12 reps, with the heaviest possible weights, to volitional failure. (start slowly, though, and work up) Work out 2x per week, 10 minutes per session = 15 to 20 minutes per week.

Start with weights you can only lift 8 reps. Keep at this weight increasing reps, 2x per week, until you can do 12 reps, then add a little weight so that you can lift for 8 reps (remember, only one set is necessary) The trick is to add a little weight. With dumbell bars you can get 1.25 lb plates, which allow an increase of 2.5 lbs (2 plates per bar)

BTW, I'm an ACSM certified trainer.
lindyflowers

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Posted: 16 Jun 2010, 08:07
Have you looked into the wii fit plus? It has done wonders for me
kelykazelli

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Posted: 16 Jun 2010, 09:26
Can you take the stairs? I work on the sixth floor, and take the stairs between 1 and 5 times per day. Everytime I come into the building in the morning or coming back from lunch, plus, if I feel sleepy or sluggish I'll jet down the elevator and back up the stairs for a quick pick-me-up. It takes me less than a minute (now that I've been doing it a few months) and gets the heart rate up quickly - add a little arm action for a bigger challenge, as raising your arms above heart level is a rate increaser, also.

Besides that, I've tried to be extra conscious of my daily movements and pad them with a little strenth and flexibility conditioning. When I get the milk out of the fridge, I do a few lifts with it with each arm. When I feed my dog, I sneak in a couple of lunges while I fill the bowl. When I go around a curve in my car, I tighten my abs and lean away from the g-force. While I'm in the shower with conditioner on my hair, I drop for a few quick pushups. While I'm standing at the microwave waiting for something to heat, I do some high stepping. If you sneak in just five extra minutes , six days a week, then you've added a whole 30 minute workout to your weekly total!
flanman

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Posted: 18 Jun 2010, 15:50
I am just finishing phase 2 of my hcg diet. Once I start Phase 3 and starting taking in a more normal amount of daily calories I plan on getting an elliptical for my movie room. I will get up 45 minutes earlier, eat breakfast and then do 30 minutes daily on the elliptical for exercise while watching some tv. Only way I can find a realistic way to include regular exercise in my busy live too.
kar1mack

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Posted: 18 Jun 2010, 16:05
Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred DVD. 20 minute workouts surrounded by about 8 minutes of warmup and cool down.
sezygirl4u1

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Posted: 18 Jun 2010, 16:18
I am using Billy Bob's work out DVD's every morning for like 30-45 minutes..
Tressatnt

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Posted: 18 Jun 2010, 16:32
kelykazelli wrote:

While I'm in the shower with conditioner on my hair, I drop for a few quick pushups.

That's funny, I do calf raises in the shower!
mb76

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Posted: 18 Jun 2010, 17:00
Try circuit training. Complete a strength training exercise followed by a 1-2 minute cardio spurt. For example squats followed by jumping jacks for 1 minute.
datadoll

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Posted: 20 Jun 2010, 21:21
I love my eliptical! Intensity makes the difference. Even at a slower pace, it can cut the time in half compared to walking.
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melmi20

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Posted: 21 Jun 2010, 10:21
I'm a big fan of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Gives you more bang for your time. Going 15 sec all out on an elliptical and 45 sec at a moderate pace, repeat for 15 minutes and you can either be done or continue at a moderate pace for an additional 15 minutes (preferred).
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rjenkins27

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Posted: 21 Jun 2010, 12:10
I too am a very busy person. For me, I've decided 4 hours per week is not much to dedicate to my health. I may add more later, but for now, I've convinced myself that a mere 4 hours a week is "doable".

Because I am very busy, I exercise at night. My schedule is too hectic to do in the morning or during the day.

I break the 4 hours into 3x30 minutes on strength training and 5x30 minutes for cardio.

I recommend getting equipment you can use at home. I have a bow flex and an elliptical. I've been jogging recently for cardio and am finding it to be a nice addition.

Being that I abhor exercise and have many excuses why I "can't" do it (work, family, etc.), keeping it somewhat limited is working for me.

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k8yk

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Posted: 21 Jun 2010, 12:14
I work 60-80 hours a week as well. Yet I have made time to go to the gym 5 times a week for over a year and a half. It's all about committing to it. I think of it as my second job. No excuses. My health more important than my job. If I can't get 1 hour a day to myself for exercise, it's time to look for a new job. I'm not going to put myself aside for ANY amount of money. It isn't worth it.
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terri...

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Posted: 21 Jun 2010, 20:05
wow that is great and very inspiring
thanx tc
letoner

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Posted: 22 Jun 2010, 16:32
CadenceB wrote:
I've done tons of circuit training! Would love to find a gym with a pre-set up training cucuit like my old gym from the last town I lived in..... I hate the gyms around here, feel like they are all geared to the meat market.


You have to look around...if you have a Curves or a womens gym (sometimes they are smaller) they usually have them...

I don't have them near me but did a few sessions with a trainer who went through and helped me set up circuits to focus different areas...now I use them when I go to the gym since most gyms have the same types of machines near each other in groups
foodisevil

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Posted: 22 Jun 2010, 17:12
The gym is a great idea, BUT if you have children OR can't afford the membership, It may not be a dedication issue, but a logistics issue. Try craigslist. I got Tony Little's Gazelle for $40 from there. I have been using that and attmepting Jenny MaCarthy's Your Shape for the Wii. Hope these help! Smile
My start weight was 336. This was taken on 5/14/10. Unfortunately I can't get this to correct itself.

I know "Foodisevil" was not the brightest choice for a name, but I was grasping for straws when most everything else I tried was taken. I know that not all food is evil, just chocolate and McDonald's, lol!



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