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Happy 4th

flagHappy 4th of July!  We’re spending the weekend relaxing, spending time with friends, and going to the movies.

I was really proud of myself too, because I got up at 6am to exercise.  I got a good 45 minutes of Jillian in before we left for the day.  I made good choices at lunch (minus the watermelon margarita, which was so worth it), had some great frozen yogurt topped with tons of fruit, and then we walked around the mall for almost three hours.

It was a great day full of family, good food, and lots of great activity!  I felt really good about it.  Today, we’re staying at home.  We’ll be heading out for some grocery shopping, and hopefully I’ll manage to get some exercise in this afternoon.  I only have two days of the 30 Day Slimdown left, so I’m determined to work out today even though I’d sort of rather not.

What I really need though is your advice about the rest of the month.  I’ll be done with Jillian tomorrow (and taking some hopefully exciting measurements/pics) but then I’m at a loss for what to do for the rest of the month…  I have the NYC Ballet workout and P90X… plus whatever I have access to online.

So here’s my question to you.  Can you help me figure out how many days of cardio I need?  How many of strength training?  How long each session should be?  I’d appreciate your help!


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7 Responses

  1. […] Happy 4th – I need your fitness advice! […]

  2. The schedule/routine depends on how much you want to lose and how quickly. Ideally you’d aim for 5-6 days per week, 45 minutes a day. That’d be about 30 min cardio and the rest strength training.

  3. […] Happy 4th – I need your fitness advice! […]

  4. […] Happy 4th – I need your fitness advice! […]

  5. You need to do 25-40 min of cardio 3-5 days for maintanence, 5-7 days for weight loss.

    You should incorporate 2-3 days of strength training (for 25-40 min).
    Every trainer I have ever known/had has gone by these guidelines.

    What I do is 3-4 days where I do a longer cardio session (45-50 min) then on 2-3 other days I do 30 min cardio and 25 min strength (pillates/weights, ballet, etc)

    hope this helps!

  6. Oh good. Yeah, I usually only try and take one day off a week, but if another day slides in there, it’s ok.

    Another big LIE that I found out from my trainer friends is that if you ever start feeling ‘comfortable’ in a workout, you’re not working hard enough.
    For instance, I did 40 min of cardio on the elliptical in the morning but then by evening didn’t quite feel like I had worked out, so I did another 50 min that day. I ended up losing 3 lbs that week.
    The trainers tell people that it should start to get easier as you feel stronger only because they don’t want their clients to give up. When really, what they do is push themselves each time so they avoid the plateaus and continue to look like they do. I had one trainer I befriended at the gym and he said, yeah most of these people believe they only have to go to the gym 3-5 days per week. That’s just what we tell them so they will continue to go. But really that’s just maintanence and if you really want to get in shape, you have to do it every day.
    *sigh* but it does get addicting doing it every day for sure.

    Keep up the good work!

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