Here's the thing -- ever since high school, I've been a very active person. You can read more about my fitness journey here, but today, I'm going to cover what I currently do to maintain a fit and active lifestyle.
Andy and I have a couples' membership to Life Time Fitness; I may be a little biased due to the fact that I used to work there and have been a member for many years, but I think it's the best!
Now that I'm not working with a coach anymore and my fitness goals are much more relaxed (aka simply be active each day rather than training for a fitness competition), I typically follow this routine each week. I don't stress out if I don't hit the gym on a scheduled day -- I like to view it as a big picture scale and know that it all balances out in the end. Some days I just want to lounge around on the couch, while other days I'll go for a 2 hour hike and that's perfectly fine!
Walk 10k steps per day
I track this using my iPhone -- eventually I'd love to get an Apple watch -- but for now, this does the trick. I prefer to walk outside but if it's deathly humid out, or the depths of winter, I hit the treadmill or our local indoor track.
Strength train 3x / week
I divide my workouts into the follow splits, with a different muscle group each of these three days I hit the gym:
Shoulders, triceps + chest
Legs (glutes, hamstrings, quads, calves)
Back + biceps
In the past, I've worked with a personal trainer and a coach, which was SO helpful for learning about the different muscle groups, form, and exercises. I typically do the same exercises each workout for each muscle group and stick with the basics (for example, on a leg day: squats, deadlifts, weighted lunges, prone hamstring curls, calf raises, etc.).
I've learned over the years that I have an ectomorph body type and it takes a lot of work to put on muscle mass. I've found that strength training regularly, eating enough protein, and lifting heavy weights with fewer repetitions rather than light weights with more repetitions provides the best results.
Focus on being active
Even on days that I'm not at the gym, I strive for doing something active. Rollerblading, tennis, and hiking are some of my favorites. I'm not a huge fan of biking so it's rare that I'll do that. I also do cardio on an elliptical or stairstepper a few times a week.
It might sound like I'm always at the gym, but many times I'll lift for 45 min and then do 30 min of cardio and call it a day. In and out in an hour and 15 min -- easy peasy!
Once in a great while, I'll do a fitness class at the gym or lift with a friend, but overall I'm more of a solo workout person.
What's your fitness routine?
Do you have a gym membership or do you prefer to workout at home?