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Old 01-09-2011, 08:12 PM
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starting a new routine...advice?

with a new session of school starting, i'm thinking i need to start working out regularly to help with stress, maybe help with the insomnia, etc.

i plan to hit the gym monday through friday, although i'd really like to do something on the weekends, since i'll presumably have more time then. when i have gone to the gym, i usually only do 30-45 minutes. i've found i don't mind going more regularly and can justify going if they're short workouts.

mondays, wednesdays, and fridays, i intend to start with about 30 minutes of cardio and end with abs/core. would it be best to switch it up between the elliptical, treadmill, and stationary bike?

tuesdays and thursdays, i'm planning to do a short but intense 15 to 20 minutes of cardio and end with lower body.

i don't do arms, because i feel like mine are already a lil scary looking, all wiry and stringy

i'll be going after school, around 7 or 8, and plan to have a rather large portion of steel cut oats with a lil brown sugar, almonds, and walnuts for, what will essentially be dinner. i'm still on the lookout for dried fruit with no sugar added. i know i should eat something after a workout, but it'll already be so late, and i try to get to bed by midnight.

any advice? helps? please? thanks in advance
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Old 01-09-2011, 09:01 PM
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Not eating anything after working out, especially before a long fast, is a bad idea imo.

Personally I would never be able to eat oatmeal right before working out... too heavy. And your body doesn't have enough time to digest and utilize that protein in your dinner before the workout either.

Also, i'm a little confused... are you saying you don't want to work out your arms because they are already excessively skinny, or excessively muscular?
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Old 01-09-2011, 09:13 PM
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i usually start my day off with 3 breakfast tacos and then some frozen lean cuisine sorta thing, sometimes 2.

could i do just a snack post-workout maybe? i rely heavily on string cheese and greek yogurt with a touch of honey for snacks. or oatmeal for my post-workout dinner? i don't have too much time to cook, so anything that i can use as leftovers for as long as possible would be preferable.

i don't work arms, because they're skinny, and also because i don't really look muscled no matter what i do. i also just figure that hoisting a 25-30 pound backpack all day is enough
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Old 01-09-2011, 09:40 PM
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Well in terms of arms, depending on what you want to do, put on size or just maintain/tone and build strength, either can be accomplished depending on how you choose to work out. Lighter weights and higher reps to tone, or heavier weights less reps to build size. IMO a good workout routine should be full body. You can also do things that incorporate core or legs with arms.

I had mega-bony sickly looking arms before, I admit, and i've put on significant mass there since i started strength training.... I would gladly take more though, and I do lift challenging weights.

After a workout you should at least eat some kind of protein for recovery, and I'd say probably some more readily available carbs before if you are eating closely before working out, or you're going to burn out half way through your workout
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Old 01-09-2011, 09:59 PM
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Thank you Pam!

i may just go with the yogurt, some hummus, and a couple handful of nuts til this weekend when i hope to get some grocery shopping in, marinate chicken breasts, stick them in ziplocs, and freeze. maybe some frozen veggies too.
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Old 01-09-2011, 10:03 PM
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I have peanut butter a lot after workouts. mmmmm. And fruit. But I work out in the afternoon and eat a lot more after than i'd probably be able to eat right before bed, unless I wanted to be up all night. Then again working out right before bed would probably make me not able to sleep for some time anyway. lol. But everyone is different
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Old 01-11-2011, 12:43 AM
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Peanut butter is probably one of the best inventions, ever. And it goes well with everything.
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Old 01-15-2011, 08:15 PM
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Peanut butter is probably one of the best inventions, ever. And it goes well with everything.
i have to agree. it was an awesome source of protein when i had gestational diabetes with #5 and #6. it sure did mask the smell of bananas in those tough days.
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