I'm down for more fitness inspired posts, but in reality, I think everyone should take what I say (or anyone untrained) with a grain of salt. One size does not fit all and it's tiring to hear the same advice over and over again. All I can give to you is an update on what works(ed, ing) for me.
I go though 'phases' with workouts and will be enamored by something for a while only to hate it in three months (sorry, spin class - it's not you, it's me). Here's what I've been up to/will be up to:
With the change in season, I will finally be swimming multiple times per week! I make this my main workout because, frankly, I love it. I've toyed around with the idea of weight training and I've tried it a couple of times...but I always go back to cardio. I just really really like it.
I'm not a trained 'swimmer,' so I'm not strict with my time and doing a stroke quartet. Every time I swim, I aim for a mile of the freestyle stroke. What constitutes a mile varies in every pool due to size (sounds basic, but not everyone knows it...). Ask your lifeguard about the size of your pool and you can google the mileage that way. Or you can even ask them how many laps would be a mile in their pool.
I've been on such an elliptical kick recently. I have/had/might always have a love-hate relationship with running that evolved into apathy. Time for a change if you ask me! To train for summertime swimming, I was/am/sometimes doing 5-7 miles on the elliptical, which takes me about an hour. I just do the 'Quick Workout' setting on Level 6. I've done this on a few different brands of elliptical and found that it's pretty standard. The one at my husband's gym is a little easier (and says that I've burned more calories ?), so I don't mind tagging along with him for a workout.
I have not been doing enough of this, but boy do I love it when I do. In the summer when it rains I love to do yoga as a swimming alternative. Since I'm cardio-focused it gives me a break, while also making me super sore.
But, Quinn, this is not a workout. It isn't, but...the workout you do won't matter if you don't sleep enough. I've skimped on sleep more times than I can count to then push myself through a workout with burning eyes and a buzzing sleep-deprivation induced headache. It's a surefire way to make yourself 1. pissed off, 2. more exhausted, 3. (even worse) extra hyped up when it's time for bed. If you feel like you need to workout, but are so sleepy you think you might cry, go. to. bed.
There you have it, me and my movement as of late. I workout between 3-7 times per week depending on my schedule and my level of exhaustion. I know it's vague, I know it's loose, but it's mine. I'm not a fan of following a set fitness plan (much to my husband's dismay), but I'm sure I'll get around to it one of these days. What's your fitness goal?