What do you for your work-out?

Every blog post I write gives me an opportunity to share with you all what I do in attempts to get healthier.

However, today I have a question for all of you:


What do you to work-out?


My gym membership is up and running and I’m proud to say that I successfully took my first yoga class again!   I walked in the gym five minutes before the class was beginning so I figured – why not!?

Plus, I had no idea what kind of work-out I wanted to do.  I think a lot of the reason I prefer working out in ways like tennis and hiking is because I get to be all over the place!  I get bored in a gym and unless there happens to be an intense episode of CSI:Miami on in background, I’m definitely always watching the clock to see how much longer I have left.


So, I ask of you, our dear readers,


What do YOU do to work-out?  What’s your routine like?  Do you work out at home, in the gym, or the outdoors?  How long do you normally work-out for?  How long do you spend at your “target heart rate”?  Do you ever check your “target heart rate”?   Do you know how to do that!?  If not, maybe I’ll have to make another thrilling instructional video. 


Have a fabulous Wednesday!





6 thoughts on “What do you for your work-out?

  1. Hey Alyssa!

    How are you? I finally have a few minutes to spare out here in South Africa and I remembered I should take a quick peek at your blog again. I read through a bunch of your recent posts and it’s some nice content.

    Getting more on topic however, in response to your post about how we work out… Well without going into all the details, like many of you don’t have free time. The only free time I have is what little time I get to sleep (which isn’t enough on a regular basis as it is). So I have been trying to find ways to do simple workouts in my closet of a room out here in SA.

    Now because I’m working for a Safari company I get plenty of vigorous hiking in regularly. So that’s great for my legs and for the most part covers my cardio. But what about my upper body? That has been the challenge. Especially without having any kind of weights or a gym nearby in the boonies haha.

    I personally, am a big fan of pushups and situps for a general minimal upper body workout. But those are both activities you tend to do on the floor. Well my floor has dirt and God knows what else regularly tracked in from my boots, and as I mentioned before, my room is a closet and floor space is almost non-existent.

    Solution! I just started standing a few feet from the wall and doing these slanted pushups off of it. Now I hear what you’re saying, no it’s not going to be like maxing out on a bench press, but if you do that for about 2-3 minutes at a rapid pace your arms WILL start to burn big-time!

    I ALSO like this because I was in a couple of motorcycle accidents, the first one messed up my back, the second one only made it worse. So multiple times a day I find myself stretching my back and twisting my upper body at the hips to try and relieve some of the tightness and pain. So when I do these wall pushups if I also turn my head to the left and to the right it stretches out the muscles in my mid to upper back. Which is right where the problem is! Two birds with one stone. I am liking it. It’s also somewhat of a fun exercise to bounce off the wall for a few minutes.

    Another nice thing is that depending on how strong you are, you can easily vary your degree of slant against the wall by just standing closer or farther from it and tailoring it to your needs.

    So someone in my situation with essentially nothing available to them should at least be able to find a wall to push off of!


    -The Jonny

  2. I don’t currently have a gym membership so I do a lot of dvd workouts at home. I did just buy the most amazing Groupon for personal training. I have my 3rd of 16 1-hr sessions on Friday. I’m loving it. It’s keeping me motivated to workout the other days of the week as well.

  3. I generally use the gym for cardio and sometimes take Pilates or yoga for strength. Once a week I go in with a friend and work out my arms on the cable thing. I’m not sure what the correct word is for that. For most of my strength training I do videos at home from Blogilates or Tone It Up.

    For my cardio I do 30-45 minutes of intervals. I use the elliptical and warm up on 10 for 3 minutes then do 2 minutes at 14 then 2 minutes at 16 then 1 minute back at 10. I switch off with having my hands on the handles 1 minute on 1 minute off. When I go up to 16 I do 1 minute forward and 1 minute backward. This helps keep my heart rate constantly changing, is supposed to burn fat and keeps me from getting bored. A really good playlist helps too!

  4. I like to mix it up for my workouts. I get a morning walk in just about every day (out in my neighborhood) and if I don’t then I hit the outdoor path at work for 1.5-2 miles of walking. I go for at least one medium-to-long bike ride a week and sneak in shorter sessions in the gym when I can. I take a morning Pilates Reformer class on the weekends as well as Zumba and Barre Burn at the gym at work when I get motivated and don’t have any conflicting meetings. Finally, I’m working to be able to complete an entire 5K run outdoors – I can do it on the treadmill, so I usually do three walk/jog/run workouts every week, too.

    For the heart rate information, I wear my monitor when I ride my bike, when I jog (indoors or outside), and for my Zumba classes. When I walk or do strength training, I don’t ever seem to get into my training zone and the chest strap for the monitor is annoying so I gave it up.

  5. I’m very lucky to have a complete home gym (elliptical, treadmill, bike and weights). The elliptical is my go to machine as I don’t need anything special (not even shoes, I wear slippers) for it. I usually do 5-6 20min sessions throughout each day.

    I did pick up a HRM, I don’t wear it every workout (as I do multiple ones each day). I seem quite consistent … in the zone for elliptical, but the calorie burn is less than my Fitbit or machine readout. I do like the feedback for DVDs and jogging.

  6. 2-3 days per week. I mix between the gym and running outside. Once it gets darks and rainy, I will spend more time on the treadmill at the gym.

    I do core work which means a lot of mixing it up – planks, leg lifts, pull ups, push ups, band work, etc.

    And running well… is just running 🙂

    Dont care about heart rate, I care about whether or not I am out of breath. I figured if I am out of breath I am going in the right direction. I get bored easily so I have to switch it up otherwise I would go mad.

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