This is my daily routine (except Tuesdays) in order.
- Sticky note notification appears on my computer telling me it's time to exercise.
- Put on some clothes for exercising (usually includes a shirt to attach my MP3 player to and a sweatshirt over top).
- Put on MP3 player (for listening to podcasts - the MVP that makes all of my exercise routine possible since I go insane listening to music or just thinking to myself the whole time), put earbuds in ears.
- Brush my teeth.
- Put shoes on.
- Leave my house at 8-9 pm.
- 10-15 minute warm up (walking to the location that I run).
- Stretch my neck while walking to a park bench (not so much a problem anymore, but running used to really mess with my neck at first as I was so used to just sitting at my computer all day).
- Two quick leg stretches against a park bench.
- Warm up stretches until I get to the spot that I start running (takes 5-10 minutes).
- Run for about an hour (though I don't keep track of time or distance, I run about the same path every time - if I feel like going hard I can finish in 40 minutes, or most days it might take me closer to 75 minutes). Currently I do intervals (run for X time/distance, walk for Y time/distance) until I work up the stamina to run the whole time (which is taking me a very long time).
- 10-15 minute cool down (walking back home).
- If there's no bugs (mosquitos) outside, I'll stretch outside after running and then do the cool down walk. If there are too many bugs, I'll do the stretching when I get home. Stretching takes 10-15 minutes (try to do 20 seconds per stretch, though I zone out a lot).
- Various ab workouts. Right now I've reduced it to just 2-3 workouts (I was doing 3 sets of 10 for each, currently I'm doing 10, then 20, etc. up to 40 or 50, and then sometimes going back down to 10... idk, this part of my routine is a mess that stresses me out with how much I change it). I keep changing which ones I do because ultimately I do all of this exercising because I enjoy it (at least in comparison to my shitty school and computer responsibilities), and I try to cut out things that I don't enjoy.
- Shower (my most hated part of the routine. It's so difficult to shower when you're so tired, but you know you need to do it or else wake up the next day with your skin being fucking gross. I just don't understand how healthy people take so many showers lol, I find them so annoying).
- Ice my legs.
I usually finish everything at 1 am, totalling 3-5 hours, which is probably(?) a fucking lot of time for one thing. I've been able to devote that much time over the past year because I took a break from college and then did only one class the previous semester (and I haven't had a job yet). I have no idea how I'll work this into my routine when I'll be a full time student again this coming Fall and hopefully working as well, or in general how anyone finds time for exercising if they have no other commitments.
I'd like to start biking and doing a small run in the morning as well, just haven't got around to doing it yet. Also going to the gym would really help me, but thus far I've been too scared (same reason that I run late at night - so I can avoid people). And until writing this just now it never occurred to me that these things would take up even more time (like, several hours). Yeah, I have no idea how people manage to do all of this stuff when they have actual responsibilities.