I started consulting in November 2012. The 4-hour a day commute tires me out and leaves me with absolutely no time to do anything else, much less go to the gym. So, I haven't gone to the gym since January 2013 and have since put back all the weight I had lost, and much more, and have lost shape.
I am going to start a 1-hour walk from tomorrow morning and my plan is to do free-weight dumbbell exercises after the 1-hour walk.
I've been so used to going to the gym that I am a bit unsure if just a pair of dumbbells would be enough?
Can I lose back all the weight, develop muscle tone and get back into proper shape with just a pair of dumbbells?
My plan is to:
1) Walk 1 hour for the next 30 days because I cannot jog or run with all the weight I have put on now.
Follow that with a few dumbbell exercises such as lateral raises, frontal raises, chest press, shoulder press, hammer curls, and concentration curls and full body-weight exercises like squats, lunges, side-lunges, push-ups, pull-ups, ab crunches and some stretching.
2) For the next 90 days, replace the 1-hour walk with a 40 minute jog. Then, do the same dumbbell and body weight exercises.
3) For the remainder of the year until 31st December 2013, replace the 40-minute jog with a 20 minute mix of jogging with short lapses of running (30 - 90 second lapses). Then, to follow that with a dumbbell and body-weight workout routine same as the one I described above.
I plan to do this workout 5 days a week and plan to lose about 57 lbs weight and gain some 10 lbs lean muscle mass after that.
All the walking, jogging and running I am planning is going to be on the ground.
I love the gym and still hold my membership there although I am totally unable to go because I leave home pretty early for work and come back very late at night. The gym is also quite far and in the opposite direction.
Therefore, I was planning on just doing the dumbbell and body-weight workout routine I outlined above.
Is this routine enough to get me back on shape or am I going to need to join the gym again?