My workout has achieved a regularity that is comforting. There is enough structure that it covers everything, while allowing for enough flexibility that I can tweak it for tired days, shortened gym time, increased ability and the like.
- Elliptical - do the minutes and level that make sense for you. The goal is to get your heart rate into a good zone for at least five minutes. Do not push too hard, by getting into your max heart rate, here. (220-Your Age). You should be working hard and energized, not wrecked.
- Walk. Recover the heart rate by walking at least ten minutes.
- Rowing machine. Same rules as the elliptical. The rowing machine is a full workout in its own right. If you need to shorten your workout, skip the weights but not the row.
- Walk again, at least ten minutes.
- Abs work
- Walk to cool down
End the whole thing with ten minutes in the hot tub.
Yes, I know it's a lengthy workout, but it's the best part of your day.