The gym is not everyone’s fav place and there is nothing wrong with that. While I do think exercise is so important for physical and mental health, there other ways to do it aside from going to the gym. I know that it can get boring sometimes, and idk about your gym, but my gym near my house is kind of dirty sometimes. With that said, my preferred method of exercise involves going the gym, so this blog will focus on what I am currently doing there. I titled this “My Outlet” because that is what the gym is for me sometimes. A place where I can go, know what I am doing there, feel good during and after my time there, and take a break from school. I encourage you all to find YOUR outlet if you don’t have one.
Basically, I go to the gym 5 to 6 days a week depending on my school work load, but I always take at least one day a week off. Last week, I took three days in a row off and it felt good to get back this week, but it was not the end of the world for me that I didn’t make it that much last week. Listening to your body is so important when it comes to exercise because overworking your body can hinder your results. Being that most of the day I am sitting either at my desk or in a classroom, I try to get in at least 30 minutes of cardio each time I go. Right now I am doing the stair-master 30-60 min a day depending on how I am feeling that day. Doing 60 minutes on the stair-master can be really draining, and it took me a looong time to be able to stay on for a whole hour. I usually watch YouTube videos and listen to music to get through it, but I am always happy I did it once it’s over. I typically go on level 7-10 on the fat burner mode.
Side note: the “calories burned” number on cardio machines are no accurate so I would not rely on them being that they do not take into account your gender, age, height, weight etc. I only choose the fat burner setting because it speeds up and slows down the machine in intervals without me having to touch anything.
After I do cardio, I lift. Some people prefer to lift and then do cardio, but this is what works for me. Right now, I do not have a split where I train a certain body part on a certain day of the week. I just kind of go in and workout whatever is not sore, or whatever I am in the mood to. If I am going to do legs, I will usually only do legs that day. I tend to do back and arms together, and shoulders get their own day as well. I have been working out long enough in the gym to the point where I know most of the exercises that work for my body, and will sometimes make up routines while I am on the stairs. When I am done with my lift, which usually lasts 30-60 minutes again depending on the day, I end with box jumps. For those who don’t know what that is, the name says it all. You just jump up on a high surface. I do 4 sets of 25 jumps unless I am super super tired…. then I do less lol. My routine changes all the time because I get bored of doing the same one, but once I decide on one, I will stick with it for a little over a month. My school has a nice sauna, and I looooove sitting in there and stretching for 10-15 minutes after my workout.
If you workout a lot already, then I am sure you already have your own routine, but if it is something you do not do but want to start doing, then do it!! Take baby steps, try new things, ask for help if you don’t know how to use something in the gym, and have fun with it. I like working out because it allows me to take my mind off of basically everything once I get focused. There are certainly other things that can do this for you though like reading, art, writing, listening to music, and so much more. So, if you hate working out, that’s cool too. I just think it is important that we all have an outlet because sometimes we need a break from everything else (like school work) for a little. As always, I hope you took something out of this read, and enjoy your day!