If exercise or reading about exercise triggers you then just skip this post, but i thought i would answer for those who are interested.
The amount of times i workout in a week vary alot, all depending on my school schedule, my motivation and energy levels and whether i am sore or tired in my body. But generally i go to the gym 5 times a week (sometimes less, sometimes more) and take 2 days of rest where either i am just at school/home all day studying or take a short walk. My activitiy level is definitely alot less than it was before, mostly because there is alot of school work and just other things going on in my life and i dont priortize going to the gym first. But also if i have alot of anxiety or alot of things on my mind going to the gym doesnt help, instead going for a short walk (which of course is also exercise!), is what helps me the best then.
I dont have any workout goals, i just do it because its fun and gives me energy, but i have been thinking more about workout goals and i would love to run a half marathon in Gothenburg next year. However ive been having alot of hip and lower back pain as well as not the right support in my running shoes so i havent been able to do any long distance running... first i just need to get back into the swing of running 10km again before i start thinking about 21km, hahah.
And recently i have been trying to get more into the base strength exercises and some crossfit inspired exercises. I dont have a plan i follow but i try to workout legs 2 times a week, deadlifts once, shoulders and back once a week and core two times a week, as i have realised that a strong core is such a benefit for life and posture and other exercises. And then i try to throw in some chest, bicep and tricep exercises every second week or so, hahaha.
I am the type of person who likes to do the things i am good at and find fun, so i often forget the things i am less good at because they arent as fun, such as working biceps and chest.... but at times that can be a problem because my back and shoulder muscles are alot stronger than my chest and just leads to an unbalance. So trying to remind myself to work on the things i amnt so good at!!
My strength workouts typically last 40-55minutes and usually i just do 3-4 exercises but alot of sets and that works for me now. But like i said, i dont follow a program and my goal isnt to build muscle, mostly i just want to feel myself getting stronger but most of all be more functionally capable. I want to be able to run and lift and do all sorts of things in life.
For example, yesterday when i was moving half of my stuff i was so thankful for the fact that i take care of my body and that i strength train because there was NO WAY i would have been able to carry all that stuff if i didnt strength train!! So thankful for my strong body - and that is exactly why i workout, to take care of my body and be able to do things in life. I mean whats so great about huge biceps or abs if you feel like collapsing while carrying a heavy bag up some stairs or when walking with heavy groceries home.
My goal at the moment is just to try to get back into running and i would love to do more crossfit type workouts as i love the mix of cardio and strength training!
Also about my cardio... well the only cardio i do at the moment is when i feel like going for a walk instead of the gym, and somedays i might walk to school (35 minutes), but otherwise no form of cardio. And i know i need to get back into some form of intervals or running for my CF health but due to wrong shoe support and hip pain i just havent been able to motivate myself to do that - but now my CF health care is definitely take the consequences of it.
Anyway, this post might be a little bit all over the place - but thats because its early morning when i am writing this as well as having a headache. But if you have any questions leave them below and ill try my best to help or answer :)