Workout FAQ: Answers to Your Questions

Hey friends!

So we just left on our summer tour, and I wanted to pop in with a quick little post with some workout Q+A. I got such a variety of questions on workout related posts, that I thought it might work best to just do a post answering those. I have copied the questions and put those in quotation marks, with my answers in italics below that. Please leave any additional thoughts or questions in the comment section! Thanks for reading!

-Allison

“Enjoying” Working Out:

“This probably will sound strange, but do you enjoy working out? And if so, did you always enjoy it? Because I DON’T.  and I was wondering if you had any thoughts on that? Thanks, Alli!”

Well, my answer to this is “yes and no”.  Somedays, I am all excited and others I am NOT. It’s something I try to enjoy, and usually I genuinely do, at least once I get started.  If nothing else, I love the satisfying feeling when I am finished!  But one thing I’d encourage you with, is to remember that you’re not primarily exercising for the fun of it, although it’s fine to have fun while doing it.  Reminding yourself why you’re doing it will help keep you motivated, and I also think it helps to find what you enjoy the most (for example, running vs. lifting weights) and spend the majority of your workout time in that area.  

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Showering Post Workout:

“I know this is kind of a weird topic request, but one excuse I use (whether it’s valid or not) for not exercising daily is that then I would have to shower every day (currently I shower every other or occasionally every third day). Any tips on freshening up after exercising?”

This is a great question, and actually something I had to figure to when I started exercising regularly.  I find that the length and intensity of the workout determines how much cleaning up I need to do afterwards.  Something like a quick ab workout may only require a fast little scrub off with a  soapy wet washcloth.  I tend to sweat easily, so wiping off and applying fresh deodorant goes a long way.:)  For a more intense workout or longer runs, a shower and washing my hair is what I need.  Basically, I have three options: quick scrub with a washcloth, super fast rinse off shower, or complete shower (including washing hair).  I just do whichever seems necessary that day! 

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Back Pain During Ab Workout:

“This is great, Allison! Question: when I do these ab workouts, what seems to hurt more is my back. Is that normal? Or am I not doing it correctly or on the right surface. Thanks!”

The problem could be improper form or surface.   I would recommend watching some professional workout trainers (you can find them on youtube or at the library) if you are in doubt about your form.  Regarding the surface, definitely don’t do floor work (like the ab exercises I posted) on a hard floor.  Carpet is great, or you can get an inexpensive mat that enables you to workout on any floor.  I even use it on concrete parking lots when we’re traveling!

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My Exercise Routine:

“I enjoyed your post. In addition to what you have listed I enjoy exercising for the health benefits. Do you have a certain exercise routine you follow?”

My exercise routine is constantly changing, as I love variety!  Currently, I do one of the following pretty much every day (Mon-Sat): running, strength training/lifting, ab workout, or other workout (sometimes an overall body workout that includes ab/strength/cardio).  I usually workout in the morning. 

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Exercising Indoors:

“Hey Allison,

Thanks for this post!  I kind of have a love-hate relationship with exercising…, but it is something I need to be consistent with. Do you have any good indoor workouts? I had been doing bike rides with my Daddy for a few weeks, but then the weather got rainy, and then it been snowing for almost a week now!  Also, how do you exercise when you are traveling? As you know, we also travel (although not NEAR as much as you!:) ), and with a busy schedule and staying in other people’s homes, it can be hard to find time or ways to exercise. Any suggestions? Thanks again! You are such a joyful blessing to me!”

Yes!  I do almost all of my workouts indoors!  Honestly, the place I find the most inspiration is pinterest!  I have found excellent links to workout videos as well as well as different super simple workout formulas on there.  Below are a few great ones to give you some ideas.  There are literally thousands to choose from!  And the awesome thing is that there are so many good workouts you can do with absolutely no equipment and very little space.  You could workout beside you van or in a guest bedroom where you’re staying as you travel.  I plan to post more ideas this summer on working out while traveling.

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4 Comments

  1. Yeah, exercise isn’t something that just “happens” for me either, but I definitely notice the health benefits, even when I only spend a short time doing it. One of my goals is to walk regularly, and I’ve found it helpful having a workout app on my phone as well — this tends to be a short sequence that can be completed in a fairly small space. Thanks for writing this post 🙂

  2. This was so encouraging! I used to run until I broke my leg three years ago, and somehow I’ve just let it get away from me since! 🙁 You’ve motivated me to get back to exercise and running. Thanks! PS: I have back pain, too, when I do crunches and was told by a Y trainer that it comes from using your back muscles to do the work until your abs get strong enough to do their own work. Makes sense to me!

  3. Hi Allison! I have a question. How long do you usually exercise and how do you fit it in such a busy schedule? Thanks for your pretty awesome blogs btw! Sincerely, Jochebed Benchea

  4. I am not one to LOVE exercise but I purposed to do it for my health. I feel better over time and that’s important. I exercise 3 times a week (M/W/F). And for the gal who asked about the shower thing, I was the same way. I figured out a routine that suits me well, maybe it will help you too. I get up and step right into my exercise clothes that way I am already ramping up to it. I read my Bible and pray first, just because the house is still quiet. And then I feel ready to jump into my workout. It’s just a 15 min. workout, but intense. Those days that I don’t feel like working out, I tell myself, “It is only 15 min. and then I’m done!” After my workout, I take a full shower and wa-la! I did it! Truly this is an accomplishment for me. 🙂

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