A couple weeks ago I started working out every day for about an hour. I feel fantastic! It had made such a difference. I wish everyone could feel this way. Hopefully it will help me lose weight as well.
Don't forget to give yourself a day of rest! :) And if you are looking for more protein (essential for muscle recovery) a good source to have immediately after a long workout is hemp powder (kinder than whey protein). Can mix into a smoothie -- then within an hour after that it is good to have a meal relatively high in protein - beans do the trick here! Or quinoa, amaranth...with nuts/seeds... Professional triathlete Brendan Brazier has some great recipes in his book, FYI :) Keep rocking the workouts, that's great! ps. if you haven't tried yoga I highly recommend it! Good for the mind, body and soul!
I try to keep a daily workout routine as well, but I keep Sundays as rest days or even time to recover from the tiresome daily routine I employ.
What I try to accomplish is at least 30 minutes of jog outdoors and then continue it in our home gym. Though I do not have complete gym equipments, the medicine ball, skipping rope, some pieces of dumbbells and a mat would do. I am not in it to build muscles anyway but just to stay fit and healthy.
I workout about 6 days a week and love it. The only thing I'd be careful with is high impact cardio (like running) it's rough on your joints to do that everyday (well it's rough on mine maybe I'm special!) It really does help energy levels though.
Gina Kolata of the New York Times has some very interesting things to say about exercise and the myths perpetuated by corporations in the pursuit of profits in the fitness industry. In her book "Ultimate Fitness:Ultimate Fitness: The Quest for Truth about Exercise and Health" she indicates that the variation in physiology amoung humans is larger than most people admit. She is an exercise hound. However, she follows the best science and doesn't pretend that this is the best path for everyone. Those who are healthy tend to enjoy exercise more which would lead us to assume that more exercise is better. The cause and effect can be misunderstood.
Her views may be controversial among people in the fitness industry, but she has sought out the best science (which is admitedly very limited). Walking 30 minutes 5 times a week would benefit most people. Extending this to say aerobic exercise of an hour a day five days per week as optimal for everyone, is not grounded in science.
We need better science to help us understand the ideal exercise prescription for each person. It could be that my exercise requirements are quite different from my neighbors. We need better science on this topic to help us understand this important health factor.
Although I don't see it as exercise,my yogasana (yoga asanas-postures) is one of the key aspects in my life.Afterwards I go for an about 2 mile run.I also do some light weights-3 lbs.Everyone needs to get their 60 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every day! try experiment and find somehting you enjoy!
Certain personas tend to get idealistic at the height of their training regiment and plateau at a certain point. This can cause a type of burnout too if you are prone to that type of thing and cling to superficial observations easily.. I find it helps to run a hybrid workout for balance. I won't pretend to have the same healthy diet as most here (yikes, not even close...), but as a future benchmark it is intriguing for reference.
This one runs a segmented solo training platform. explosive strength training with "forms" and then on alternate days focuses on cardio and lighter weights for certain muscle groups or ranges often overlooked.
Nice for balance, and the light days are like a vacation...except for this one new cone drill I threw in a while back..but like whatever right. It made the difference for me because my legs didn't feel heavy anymore afterwards. It's like I didn't allow myself to get past it regardless of the 40's and circuits ..yammer yammer.. But I knew what I was going for skill-wise and that helped.Some people are like that..have to cover all the bases but not allow it to morph into some hydra-headed platform. Practice versus theory collisions and whatnot...
I'm glad the original poster got something going for herself. Energy building energy..and even better when you get that second burst in the middle of the workout.