When I was in college, I used to pretty good at keeping up a decent workout schedule (three days a week during normal times, at least one day a week during extremely stressful exam weeks). My workouts would usually be one of the following:
- Running ~3 miles;
- ~45 minutes on the elliptical; or,
- General weight lifting (all major body parts, 10-20 reps at average weight, 5-10 reps at very difficult weight).
This ended pretty much instantly when I got an internship which required a four hour total commute every day. I didn't have time for anything except driving, working, and sleeping, and I was basically living out of my car on fast food.
Since then, I've gotten a permanent position at the company and have relocated closer so that the commute is much better. But in the intervening nine months, I've gotten very, very out of shape (definitely the worst shape of my life). I've gained a lot of weight and my cardiovascular endurance is shot. I've tried to hop on a treadmill or elliptical and do my old routine, but all that this accomplishes is me getting angry and hating myself for not being able to do it anymore and letting myself go.
I'm not a trainer and I don't know all the math and science behind fitness; I always just went to the gym and worked out, no problem. Since my body just doesn't seem capable of doing what it once did, is there a good way I can ease back into it and get back to where I was? How can I start, and how should I pace myself?