Weekly Fitness Routine
I was never one to consistently work out, in fact my workouts in high schoo consisted of soccer practice or when my softball coach “made” us run around the field. I pretty much stayed in shape throughout high school, I mean I was never out of shape so I counted that. Although I wont lie, soccer practice and games were mainly running so I have always been able to run a consistent seven and a half minute mile time.
When I got into college and there were no sports to play (I will not do intramurals because I’m super competitive) and when I started going to the gym that’s when I started getting sick so I didn’t work out my first year of college. Flash forward nine months and I was living at home, we got a membership at the YMCA and then we started going to the gym during the weekdays.
We can then skip ahead six months because I was always too tired to go to the gym during chemo, although I did go a few times under the watchful eye of my mom. Now that chemo is done I have been going to the gym almost every day during the week and I have been refereeing basketball games on Saturdays so I have been working out pretty much six days a week.
I thought I would share my Weekly Fitness Routine because since I have been working out I no longer have been losing my breath going up the stairs and I am even not getting as tired anymore. My fitness routine is still modified to the whole “I’m still healing from chemo” thing but I still workout to my fullest potential.
Monday-Leg Day, so far I have been using the rowing machine or riding a stationary bike. My oral next week is to be able to run for at least five minutes on the treadmill and to lose the leg circuits around the gym.
Tuesday- Yoga, being a member at the YMCA means being able to participate in various classes offered and on Tuesday’s there is a multi-level yoga class that focuses on build flexibility and balance. This weeks class was a killer workout on core muscles and legs, it was amazing.
Wednesday- Arm Day, I never really had a lot of upper body strength, of course it takes a lot of strength to pitch a softball forty plus feet to cross the mound in fastpitch but that really only worked out half of your body. Arm Day consists of doing high religions and lower weights on the arm circuits. My mom and I rotate three-four times on each circuit to ensure that we are working out each and every muscles in our arms.
Thursday- Cardio, increasing heart rate and actually moving while working out is the best way, in my opinion, to increase stamina and lose weight. On Thursdays, we run on the treadmill for a bit and then do various excercises of squats, burpees, Russian twists and more. Since my cancer was wrapped around an artery in my heart doing this before was hard but now that the cancer is gone, it is so much better being able to breathe while increasing my stamina.
Friday-Core Day, When you play sports throughout high school and even competitive sports, you get some killers abs, like I’ve had a six pack since I was in middle school. When I started gaining weight from the chemo, my abs started going away as my stomach got bigger. And while I do not care what anyone thinks, gaining so much weight in such a small amount of time was nerve wrecking. I am self conscious about my weight mainly because I feel how out of shape I am and I absolutely hate it. So core day consists of strengthig my core muscles and losing the extra weight I have gained.
While steroids really make you eat more than what you should, I finally understand what happens when you eat more than what you should. I just recently started this but I am really watching my calories and will be eating more vegetables. It’s a good thing that I really liege eating my greens. On top of eating healthy, I have implemented using essential oils apart of my duality routines including working out. I am on my way to being in the best shape I have ever been and as long as I continue with this routine, I have no doubt in my mind that I will be able to do it.