>Running 101>Opinion on Schedule & Cardio
So recently I've been getting a bit stressed and overthinking my 'workout' schedule a lot. I used to have a schedule where I would run Tuesday, thursday, saturday, and sunday, with strength/resistance training on monday/wednesday/friday, and some sort of 15m Abs/core work out on tuesdays/thursdays/saturdays. Basically, I've decided I quite dislike running, in particular on the weekends, and that was to much exercise for me. I'd rather get it all done in the week.I am quite fit and I'm not looking to lose weight, only to maintain it and tone (or lose the small amount of fat that is there) my abs (and body if possible). I'm still undecided on what to change in my schedule, however; to achieve these goals. I currently have a week like this:
Monday - Run + Abs/CoreTuesday - Swimming (squad training)Wednesday - semi rest, Pilates class at school Thursday - Run + Strength +Resistance training Friday - Abs/CoreSaturday - Possible run or otherwise cardio Sunday - Rest (usually working)
My runs are usually 5k and other than pilates/swimming all other exercises go for 15-20m. I'm 15 years old, turning 16 soon. I've heard it's good to run 3 times a week. However I've also heard it's good to do at least 3x vigorous activity in the week. Can swimming on tuesday replace or count as a run? How many times should running be done in the week, along with other activities? I'd rather have my more relaxed or rest days on the weekend if possible, or do at-home cardio then. Can at-home cardio such as dance/workout videos (example, Blogilaties ) replace running? I've found I'm no where near the best runner, however I withstand many other cardio exercises and enjoy them a lot more. In short, any opinions on my 'schedule' throughout the week or advice on what I should/shouldn't do is very much appreciated! I get home quite late, around 5:10pm, so I don't have a large amount of time to work out.Sorry for all the questions....Thanks!
A Saucy Wench
If your main goal is tone, I would focus on weight training more.
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"When I got too tired to run anymore I just pretended I wasnt tired and kept running anyway" - dd, age 7
But I like all the variety in your routine. You're young, and it's a great time to try out a lot of things. Here, we're somewhat biased toward running, in case you haven't noticed. Try stuff, and keep up your active lifestyle!
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rather be sprinting
You know, if you dislike running, you don't have to do it at all. More time in the pool will make you a better swimmer, if that's your preferred sport, and it's great full-body exercise and cardio.
PRs: 5k 19:25, mile 5:38, HM 1:30:56
Lifting PRs: back squat 176 lb
At your age, you are better off with a mix of exercises than with any single one. If you have to force yourself to do something that you really don't like, you will end up quitting it sooner or later anyway. Better to focus on finding something that you like to do.