Today I stumbled across a gym special and decided to join! (30 days for 30 dollars). I have gained back most of the weight i lost and i definitely want to get back into shape the healthy way, this is very important to me! so for the next 30 days i will be focusing a lot on working out. i usually walk/jog outside on my regular path, but i am DEFINITELY a newbie in the gym setting. Can somebody give me some advice...what to do, what not to do, which classes to take!? i'm signed up for spin at 6am...i have done it before and really liked it...but feeling super ambitious and up for anything. i would seriously LOVE to hear some work out routines...i am big on routines and would absolutely enjoy waking up early to arrive at the gym with some idea of what i want to do. i know i can simply ask a trainer there, but i seriously always find my best advice here!!
I have found that changing things up really helps me stay motivated. I ran exclusively for years but it didn't keep me in shape as much as I thought it would. Now, I alternate between running, walking, elliptical, weights, etc. I Don't really have any set routine, but I do whatever I can at any particular moment. For example, when it's really cold out, I hit the gym more. During spring and summer, I take advantage of the nice weather and go outside more often. Long hikes are also fun. I try to do some isometric/weights at least three times a week.
Bottom line - as long as you make a conscientious effort to stay active, I don't really think it matters what you do.
As for working out in a gym setting -- just watch the people around you and follow their lead. Some gyms will even set you up with a personal training session. It's not something you need to do on a regular basis, but maybe one or two sessions would help you figure out how to structure your workouts.
probably motivation is the worse thing. I see you are aiming for variety and that is one of the tools to keep yourself interested in exercising. I haven't read your personal page so I don't know if you are new PWD, but if you or anyone else reading this, might want to check how well your body handles long exercise stints. You might find that one day of intensive exercise doesn't faze you but on another your BG goes too low.
Don't do more than about 15 reps on any one machine, especially at the beginning of any new exercise routine. You might feel like you can do more, but then the next day you could be soooo sore. Pulled muscles are no fun.
I have been doing exercise with weights for the past few years. I think its a great way of getting strength, getting your body into shape (even though it was the low-carbing that caused the weight loss). The added muscle mass does a lot for you- helps metabolism and also I think I read that it might help insulin-wise. In any case, though, what really worked for me is that at my gym there is a trainer who personally works with each person, creating a program specially for them; updates the weights and reps each time I come to the gym,and watches that its not too hard,and i'm doing things correctly. I do recommend working with someone who can direct you, if possible.
I use the Concept 2 rowing machine too. I found the proper technique on UTube. The trainers also helped me. Rowing isn't as popular as other machines, so the machine isn't as likely to be in use. It is more fun than the stationary bike or treadmill in my opinion.
I have neuropathy. I have no problem using the rowing machine. It causes no increase in burning pain, like the treadmill does. Your feet are strapped in.