Advice for the perpetual beginner

  • nhnelson

    Posts: 113

    Jul 20, 2010 4:12 PM GMT
    Hey Men,

    I haven't posted here in a while, but I'm glad to be posting something again. Here's my problem in a nutshell, dudes: I'm always starting over. I work my way up to a half marathon, and then I stop for too long, and start again, only able to manage a couple of miles. I work my way up to squatting twice my bodyweight and then I give it up in favor of some other kind of activity (sometimes, but not always another sport or exercise regimen; it's sometimes studying or extracirricular things which require more of my time than normal). So, outside of the most general advice, which is "pick a plan and stick to it." What sorts of things have you found useful in keeping from starting back at square one?

    Also, on a related note, how often do you switch up your routine? What sorts of goals are realistic for someone who's just looking to improve overall fitness? And if you change your routine for freshness' sake, and that change results in removing exercises that heavily target specific muscles (let's use the bench press as an example), how do you ensure you don't lose strength in those muscles?

    TL;DR I need help with sticking to a single workout plan
  • rnch

    Posts: 11507

    Jul 20, 2010 4:13 PM GMT
    i only run when chased. icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 20, 2010 5:42 PM GMT
    I do something different every workout. I've never stuck with a "routine" for more than a few days at a time.
    As for losing strength, keep track of which muscle groups you've worked, and need to work. Maybe you gave up bench pressing for a some fly's, dumbbell presses, and weighted push-ups instead. Just make sure to hit all your major muscles groups every week to keep them conditioned and strengthened.

    As for running, you have to stick with that or you'll lose you found out. The only person who can motivate you to stick with that is you. There is no substitute.
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    Jul 20, 2010 6:58 PM GMT

    You kinda sound like you get manias, work up to a goal and then drop them in boredom. That´s fun, but not much good for long term fitness or character development.

    IF that´s true then chose something, or a variety of things and be more moderate. You don´t have to train 90 mins a day, 6 days a week. 45 mins 3-4 times a week is fine. have a mix of stuff that you like: a circuit class, a yoga class, spinning, whatever.

    Build in variety and be more moderate.