Monday, August 17, 2009

How Many Times Per Week Do You Work Out?

When I started this blog, I put an exercise survey on the side bar. At the time, nobody was really reading my blog (except for hubby - no, hubby is not "nobody"...), so for a long time only two people had answered the survey: hubby and I... But, over the months, a total of 56 people answered the survey. And here are the results:

2 (3%)
1-2 times
4 (7%)
3-4 times
24 (42%)
5 or more times
26 (46%)

I think it's awesome that 88% of those who answered work out three or more times per week. And 46% work out five times or more per week.

A little while ago, I wrote about the fact that I was going to the gym every day, but that I wasn't pushing myself hard enough. I also wasn't really enjoying my workouts but simply going through the motions. I have since planned and implemented two "push myself" days per week. I have also gone on a few long, very hilly, challenging hikes (which are undoubtedly my favorite form of exercise). I am also making myself take one active rest day per week. On active rest days, I simply play with the toddler - sometimes not so much rest (physically and emotionally)... Because of my small adjustments, I'm again happy with my workouts... I think some self-reflection once in a while is truly beneficial and necessary when it comes to exercise, or for that matter, really anything in life...

So here are my questions for YOU today (I would be thrilled if you answered any or all of them in the comments, but more importantly, ANSWER THEM FOR YOURSELF and decide whether it's time to make some adjustments!):
  1. How often do you work out per week?
  2. What do your workouts look like?
  3. What do you love about your workouts?
  4. Do you feel you are stuck in an exercise rut?
  5. What is one way you can change your routine a bit to enjoy your workouts more (running instead of the elliptical, a class instead of weight machines, yoga instead of stretching, swimming instead of the stationary bike...)?
Be well,


  1. Hey Andrea, first of all, I just found your blog, and love it, I'll have to catch up!

    Second, what great questions! Here goes:

    1. I work out about 5 times per week (used to do 6, but trying to find more balance these days and two days off makes sense right now)

    2. My workouts usually are a combination of strength training and cardio, but if I'm in a hurry, I usually just do weights. Sometimes I also do yoga and pilates. And some days, my workout is just as simple as taking my dog to the greenway for a long walk!

    3. I love the feeling I get after a great workout, I feel like I accomplished something and I'm also totally de-stressed after a great workout!

    4. I was stuck in a rut, but I am completely switching up my routine to try and get out of it.

    5. One way I have been switching up my routine to enjoy my workouts more is by realizing I don't have to be at the gym every single day to get a great workout, some days I can do a quick workout DVD then walk a few miles around the neighborhood. I am trying to listen to my body more when it comes to my workouts. Classes at the gym are definitely a good tool too.

  2. Anonymous8/17/2009

    Great post Andrea!

    1. I work out at least 5 days a week, maybe 6. I always take at least one day off a week.

    2. My workouts are centered around running. I aim to run 3 - 4 days a week, and use my bike for crossing training. Yoga for flexibility/strength exercises.

    3. I love the endorphin rush after a good run!

    4. I don't feel that I'm stuck in an exercise rut because my workouts vary according to the season. I'm outside more in the warmer months and inside more in the colder months - so my routine is ever changing. I do get sick of the gym after a in the winter months though, I prefer to be OUTSIDE!

    5. I'm trying to do more yoga these days - I think there is a lot of benefit from it and I'm working to get into on a weekly basis rather than a monthly basis.

    It's always fun answer questions like this, helps me layout and realize where I am in my exercise routine. Thanks for a little mental organization this morning! ;)

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog Andrea. I am glad I inspired you to start Pilates again. :) I will have part 2 this week.

    Great questions. Here are my answers:

    1. I workout 6 times a week.
    2. Combination cardio, strength training, pilates, flexibility training, kettle bells etc.
    3. After I workout I am energized and very happy.:)
    4. I am not in a rut because I mix it up a lot.
    5. I will include more Tennis. Not playing it often enough. Love tennis.

  4. hey Andrea!! Great post!! :)

    1. How often do you work out per week? I normally work out about 5 times per week!

    2. What do your workouts look like? I usually do one day of straight strength training, two straight cardio days and the others are some cardio combined with weights & yoga
    3. What do you love about your workouts? I love the feeling of accomplishment after finishing! And how I strong I feel from lifting weights! :)
    4. Do you feel you are stuck in an exercise rut? not currently! :)
    5. What is one way you can change your routine a bit to enjoy your workouts more? I would LOVE to add yoga in a couple more times a week. I normally only have one day a week to do yoga... but I'd love to change that to at least 3!

  5. Hi Andrea! LOVE polls! :)
    1. I work out 5-6 days a week
    2. most of my exercise, currently is done on my lunch break at the office. Treadmill 3 miles in 40 minutes or less... I try and jog as much of that as possible but lately, just staying moving is my goal (I stop a lot)... after my jog..i spend about 5 minutes on a rebounder to jostle those T cells :) and it helps un kink my ankles and calves. I then do a short "yogalates" session (combined yoga moves and some pilates. 3 nights a week I do upper body strenght with mostly a resistance band.

    on weekends I walk with the baby.
    NEW TREADMILL shows up tomorrow! so my routine is about to get an overhaul

    3. I LOVE how I feel ... energized...HAPPY...and my RED CHEEKS... I also love to see new muscles are emerging and my body is changing shape and THAT is reward enough!

    4. I hit a rut a few weeks ago (hence the purchase of the home treadmill)...I too need to push myself but it's moslty in the FOOD Dept. I tend to get addicted to my work outs but am trying to keep it all balanced.

    5. I LOVE variety and the changes I know I am going to add is a lot more intentional yoga (with yoga download . com AND .... hopefully more skating )

    btw..HIKING is an all time FAVORITE of mine too!

  6. I really need to work out again. I have been terrible about it for awhile. I always feel so much better after I exercise but I have gotten out of the habit - it's time to change that.

  7. I have the best workout routine, that I am so happy with. Basically, five times a week I workout. This workout includes 30 minutes of cardio (speed walking, elliptical, or running), and 20 minutes of lifting (small weights, the band) OR 20 minutes of pilates. I ALWAYS take two days off, but I'm not lazy on those days, I'm always still active and ride my bike to class, work, etc.

    The thing I love about my workout routine is that I can split it up. For example, if I have a day where I know I only have twenty minutes to workout, then I'll lift for twenty minutes, and count that as half of a workout, out of m total five per day. So some weekes I'll do a half workout on 4 days (which equals 2 full), then a full workout on 3 days (equals 3, so 2+3 = 5!) haha. It really works for me!

  8. 1. I usually workout 3 times a week, and try to have active days in between. On the off days, I walk all over campus, always take the stairs, and walk to someone's room instead of texting!

    2. I love love love love strength training, calisthenics, and plyometrics. I try to fit those in 3 times a week with some jogs here and there.

    3. I love feeling how powerful my body is. I love pushing my body to the limit (during strength, not runs) and seeing how far I can go.

    4. I frequently feel stuck in ruts. I get bored with a routine and then change it completely or just take some time off. My goal this year is to do only what I want to do, and not what I think I should do, and not what my friends do.

    5. If I had the time and the money, I would take a ballet class. I took two classes over the summer, and my legs felt like jelly when class was over! I wish I could do that during the year, but I think I'll just have to make up my own "class."

    Thanks for this post! It's always a good thing to stop and think about what we're going for ourselves.

  9. i found your blog recently and i am not sure if i have commented before or not but i love your posts!

  10. 1) I work out every day!
    2) I run every day, then it varies. Some days heavy weights, some days body weight workouts, some dumbbells work, some tennis or martial arts.
    3) Finishing them! Though the martial arts is special.
    4) I hope so!
    5) I'm not trying to enjoy them, just do them!

  11. 1) i workout every day. no ifs ands or buts
    2) run = 5 times a week. i try to get in the lifting strength every day (in the form of pushups or body weight) and intense lifting with weights and stuff is mostly 5 times a week or more
    3) DOMS. it rocks. and i love running fast and burning up a sweat
    4) not really, my running workouts are different a lot of the time, and i'm changing up my weight training a lot
    5)i really should look into yoga- my muscles are so tight from lifting and running.

  12. For me, I do 30 min of cardio on the stationary bike everyday on an incline setting. I used to run. I love running, but there's been quite a lot of construction happening around the neighborhood that I felt it best to workout at home. I also do roughly 5-8 min of strength training every 3-5 times a week. Primarily 3 type of crunches, push-ups, squats and some arm curls with 5 lb weights.

    I used to have my moments of laziness, but now if I miss a day, I feel like crud. It's become a part of my life. When I do feel like in a rut, I force myself to do my workout, then I feel better afterwards.

    I love my workouts. Plus, I have my ipod with me, so it doesn't get boring. I always change up the music to make the workout better. I used to have a gym membership, but I didn't have much time to drive to the gym workout and go home. It was just too much.

  13. Lots of questions, I better get to work!
    1.4 - 6
    2. a mixed bag
    3.Most everything (I'm a workout dork)
    4. Nope not right now.
    5. Maybe try and squeeze in more time for yoga, but I'm not sure I can right now with my marathon training and GF classes.

  14. 1.How often? 6 days a week

    2.What do they look like? I do cardio on all 6 days, either bike or walk. Then two days a week I do strength training.

    3.What do you love about your workouts? How I feel afterwards.

    4.Do you feel you are stuck in an exercise rut? No.

    5.What is one way you can change your routine? I think all your ideas are great - I like swimming too.

  15. 1.) How often - 4-6 times a week

    2.) They look like - CARDIO...very cardio heavy...probably too cardio heavy. And yoga, too.

    3.) What I love about my workouts - the way I feel afterwards.

    4.) Do I feel stuck in an exercise rut - yes, kind of...

    5.) One way I can change my routine - incorporate more yoga, pilates, cycling, swimming...the list is endles..

    Wonderful post!

  16. Thanks everyone for your awesome answers! It was fun reading about everyone's workouts and what you enjoy most and what you may want to change. Thanks for sharing! :)

  17. 1. I try to workout at least 3 times a week, but usually shoot for 5. There was a time when I was doing 6-7 but it was just too much.

    2. Usually 30-45 minutes of cardio, and a couple times a week, maybe some strength (but I'm bad about that!).

    3. I love showering afterward and feeling a sense of accomplishment ;)

    4. Yes! I am actually having a whole assessment done today in hopes of re-vamping my routine.

    5. I wish my gym offered classes, but they are small so they don't. I am trying to do more DVD's at home and go on more outdoor runs to get some fresh air and a change of scenery.

    This was fun!

  18. Anonymous8/18/2009

    Hey, just wanted to stop by and say "hi!"

  19. Anonymous8/18/2009

    Great post!!

    I usually work out 3-5 days a week, occasionally 6....I really go with how my body feels.

    Sometimes an intense boot camp class, occasionally on weekends a 2 1/2 hour power class...sometimes just a relaxed walk for 20-30 minutes. I really mix it up!

    My favorite part of working out is the mental calmness/energy that I have afterwards.
    Excellent question!

  20. 1. Anywhere from 4-6 days a week, depending on my schedule.
    2. It ranges from 20 minutes to an hour, low intensity to high intensity. I don't have specific days, really, but whenever I can squeeze in a workout, I really try to. Sometimes it's a quick 20 in the morning or at night, while other times I use a full hour if I have it.
    3. I love sweating, pushing myself and proving I can do something I never thought I could do before.
    4. Not right now. Well, actually, I haven't worked out in almost a week due to being sick (blargh!!!) but I felt like I was finally finding my groove.
    5. I'd like to take more classes, especially spinning and yoga. My college offers great classes at their gym so I need to take advantage of that!

  21. 1. 5-6 days would be ideal w/ the 7th day as "active rest". When I am in my best shape, that's my schedule.
    2. Typically 60 minutes. I figured if I am there for over an hour on a regular basis, I am doing something wrong ;-) Sometimes I do a bit more but it's not a usual thing.
    3. I love the endorphins and results!
    4. I am not in a rut since I haven't been exercising much at all LOL I just got back on a routine last night so hopefully come fall, I will be back on track! (On track for me means 3 days of cardio and 3 of weight lifting)
    5. Yes, I take classes or train for events like runs or a duathlon to motivate me.

  22. Great post! i dont work out nearly enough, but I have been trying to get back into the swing of things lately. I do loooove the feeling I get after working out, so it is always worth whatever fight in my mind it takes to get tehre. :)

  23. GREAT post!! I’m so glad you’ve found a good balance!!! Here goes…

    1.4-5 days/week

    2.A mix of cardio (walking only on treadmill) and strength training.

    3.I love that I can read and listen to books; I love that there are SO MANY strength training exercises and I feel so strong afterwards!

    4. Not yet… I did but I stepped it up with ST!

    5.I need to take a class once/week OR do classes at home – I want to mix it up but still walk.

  24. The intensity of exercise you're doing in the gym also matters.