Today I saw my doctor so I could get some heart rate parameters for my workouts as my trainer requested. I'm on meds for tachycardia (rapid heart rate) and have to be careful with how high my heart rate gets, especially during workouts. The last two times I did a warm up with my trainer my heart rate got to 146 the first time in 6 minutes and then 158 the second time (doing the heavy ropes) in 5 minutes.
Unfortunately, according to my doctor, I have to keep my heart rate between 90 - 140 while working out which means I need to work out slower and at a lower intensity but for longer amounts of time in order to get anywhere. My trainer told me that I need to plan for an hour and a half a day five days a week at the gym and maybe take some walks outside on gym days as well.
I'm also being sent to a cardiologist to be on the safe side and I'll talk to them about the heart rate and exercise thing too. Obviously my heart and the rest of my body and health will improve with exercise and weight loss but it'll take me a while to get there.
I'm okay with this time span and the time I need to spend at the gym, the hard thing is finding good times to fit it in. For example, today about half way through my workout about seven guys wearing army/navy and marine shirts showed up and took over the gym with their muscles and their crew cuts and their rope jumping and bag punching and, basically, I felt really out of place and crowded. I realize that's my issue and it's not like they bothered me or got in my way, but I prefer the gym when it has less people in it. I think I'll have to plan it out week by week though because we only have one car and between appointments and driving people around my day gets split up pretty badly, especially Wednesdays and Fridays when I work.
Today, as I posted in my workout day post, I did leg day. OMG my legs felt like jello when I was done and I know they're going to hurt tomorrow. Yeah, it'll be a "good" hurt but a hurt nonetheless. I'm planning for "pull" day on Thursday and "push" day on Saturday since I have to leave a day to rest in between, so tomorrow the goal is an hour of cardio. I also found an app for my phone which will tell me what my heart rate is which makes tracking it during workouts much easier!
So, basically, everything is organized, planned and set to go. All I need to do is get off my butt and actually do it!