Inspired by this post: Can I get an honest review about my workout plan?
I am mainly trying to improve overall health. I'm not training for any particular goal. I only wish to get/stay healthy.
I have always been told that as long as I am getting exercise, it doesn't really matter too much how I do it. However the above post made me wonder if I am doing more harm than good.
Especially since my SO is starting to get into exercising to stay healthy, I want to make sure I don't give her bad information.
From what I understand, if you are exercising only for overall health, then as long as you are safe (no overly strenuous workout that could hurt you) then anything that gets the heart-rate up is a good starting point.
I do know that some things will make exercise detrimental. I don't know what they might be. In particular I noted that my workout has no warm-up at all, and probably misses some key muscle groups.
Is it okay to incorporate an "incomplete" workout into a routine in order to improve fitness? Should I run it past a trainer first? How would I find an honest trainer that wouldn't try to sell me on equipment or memberships?
For example here is my current routine:
Daily 15 minutes of elliptical for basic cardio (adjusted daily to achieve ~130 BPM
5 times weekly of alternating calisthenics
- Consist of 30 seconds of each activity with no breaks between
- Do 3 sets with 2.5 minutes of rest between them
- "leg day": squat jumps, split lunge jumps, 4-pointed leg hops (L, then R), Toe lifts
- "core day": push-ups, russian twists (unweighted), Plank, Leg lifts, lat dips
I feel like I should add a warmup to the calisthenics, but have no idea what to add. Do I need to add specific stretches?
Now I am questioning my entire workout routine and wondering if I have been harming myself more than helping myself.