Help me fine tune my exercise regime please

(4 Posts)

I'm 42 and around 3-4 stone overweight blush

Me and DH have decided that its time to get our butts into gear and do something about it so we have been slowly building a home gym

We have a cross trainer, running machine and rowing machine plus some small weights (1kg, 2kg and 3kg) and one of those ab roller sit up thingies!

I hate the treadmill and cant run on it as for some reason it makes me feel dizzy so I have ignored it (although I could do brisk walking on the incline if I had to)

Over the last month I've built up to doing 30-35 minutes on the cross trainer plus 15-20 minutes on the rower (both have different programs to use so I try and do a different one each time) plus 50 sit ups a day and some arm exercises with the 1kg and 2kg weights

My main aim is to tone up my tummy and improve my general fitness as well as slowly losing the excess weight (am also using MFP for healthy eating) so is there anything that stands out as missing or totally wrong?

Probably a good idea to add in some body weight exercises to build core and lower body strength (weights for upper body are good for aesthetics but you really need to keep your core strong, to look after your back and hips/knees). So I'd say things like push ups (start with hands on stairs and work down the stairs towards the ground as you get stronger), squats and lunges (be v careful with form), planks and side planks, supermans and bent over rows with your weights. Then maybe some gentle yoga on rest days?

Suzannewithaplan Tue 22-Jul-14 11:07:57

Agree with Sleep, do some whole body / compound resistance exercises instead of the arm exercises.

Maybe look at some TRX style equipment for the home gym (that's what I'd do! )
Browse you tube for ideas grin

Newrowsees Sat 26-Jul-14 07:19:58

I'd add to that some interval training. Rather than doing a steady 30 minutes on the cross trainer, you could try doing some high intensity bursts, with rests in between to recover. As you become fitter, you should be able to work towards higher intensities and shorter rests - in terms of cardiovascular fitness that will probably make the most difference. (You also burn more calories that way).

Your setup sounds great though, I'm very jealous! If you can keep consistent you should see a dramatic difference in no time!

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