Workout Charts?I'm trying to help my friend lose weight and I'm having trouble finding a good workout schedule that I can print out any ideas? Or several Ideas?

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ako6777 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When deciding on a work out regimen you need to decide what type of routine you are looking for.  Will the exercise be for a beginner, for muscle building, fat lose, strength, etc. Your workout routine is then developed based on what you want the end result to be.  If your friend just wants to lose weight you want to make sure she includes cardiovascular exercises and weight training in her regimen.   

Cardiovascular exercise involves the large muscles and helps work the heart and lungs, making them stronger.  Weight training will increase muscle mass.  The more muscle mass your friend has the more weight she will lose.

Depending on your friends fitness level (she should see a doctor before beginning any excersise program) she should start with a minimum of 30 minutes of cardiovascular excercise (walking, biking, swimming) five days a week.  She should include weight training every other day and increase her repetitions slowly.  Always remember to stretch before and after the workout.

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The previous thoughts were well warranted.  Workout logs or charts are very good in charting progress and improvement.  One of the challenges present in starting and maintaining any workout routines for either overall health or losing weight is the frustration that develops.  Essentially, one has to give more effort and there is little in way of actual reward in the short term present.  For example, if the person has to wake up before hours to workout, there is a sacrifice of sleep present.  The workout log or chart is a good physical reminder of why what is done is actually done.  It provides a presence of a goal in its display and could provide motivation when it is needed.

rana-dom | Student

You could make one.

e.g. 10 push ups, sit ups. 20 minutes running

then slowly build it up