This is a continuation and completion of my previous posts on the subject.
Having variety in your exercise is just as important as the quantity, the mileage you put down. Without variety there will be a higher risk of injuries and you will probably leave out some muscles and muscle groups.
I do three fairly easy types of workouts these days. In addition to the running and the forest trips I do swimming and something called isometric training, a form of weightlifting with small weights where you move as little as possible, except for the parts of the body you’re focusing on. I can’t really cut loose right now, as I’m still suffering from the repercussions, the neck injuries three years working in an office brought me.
It’s important to be well prepared for spring, when the hard exercise can truly begin…
During an ideal week I run through forest and fields on Sunday, training weights and make exercises on Monday, swim on Tuesday, run on Wednesday, lift manuals and make exercises on Thursday, swim on Friday and make exercises on Saturday. That’s what I will go for in the weeks to come. It is what I will call a complete exercise program, takes care of and prevents injuries, even though the risk of injury will never go away, removes excess fat and develops all muscles, leading to a sense of well being we can only dream about if we sit still all day.
The isometric weightlifting isn't really that difficult. If you’re inexperienced you need help at first, but after a while everything practically moves forward by itself. As I've pointed out earlier, it is important to not be in a hurry. It’s better to focus on doing everything correct, teach yourself the correct regular schedule than to be a bundle of muscles over night. And then, as you grow more experienced you can choose whether or not you want big or more functional muscles. I prefer the latter.
The swimming is the icing of the cake of all exercise, really. You get to use all the muscles in your body in a natural way. Even those who have done both weights and endurance for a while will discover that there is a transitional period where things take time. It’s a completely different way of moving. But when summer arrives, you don’t need to go through that acclimatization period. You start at a higher level.
Absolute beginners should have forty-eight hours of rest between each workout, even if variety turns all of it into a game more than a hardship compared to one-sided, traditional exercise. Half an hour a day is a good way to start and then move quickly to an hour and slowly increase the capacity from there.
The times I've managed to be in top shape when spring comes, I've really been able to cut loose. I did several workouts during the day. It will be so great if I, against all odds would be able to do that again.
That is indeed something to look forward to, yet another great goal to set for oneself.