For starters, please bear with me as it will probably take more than one shot to figure out exactly what it is I have a question about, but here’s the first attempt:I’m interested in reducing the intensity of my exercise without compromising the mood boost I get from a nice, hard workout.
I can deal with having to reduce my calories in order to maintain my weight loss goals, but I will have a harder time not getting that “endorphin kick” (assuming science backs that up and that’s really why I feel so great after a sweaty workout).I’m curious about other people’s experiences with this.
Have you done it?
What did you switch from/to?
Might I ask why you made the switch?Does anyone have ideas of what I can start switching out or outright changing in my schedule?
And I realize that it’s a hard question for others answer for my specific situation without knowing what I’m doing in the first place and why I would want to reduce. So, here’s some of that info in case it’s helpful for generating ideas?
I’m 32, I’ve had 3 kids, I’ve been a home exerciser for years since that’s what’s works best for my husbands work schedule/kids wake up times etc. I think I want to start lowering the intensity because our current life stage demands that workouts be done before the kids are up and my body just doesn’t love that anymore. I’ve been making low impact modifications on cardio days for a while now but I think, based on how I feel, more changes need to be made.
Maybe this is helpful info too? Idk, I always feel sort of bad asking for help on the interwebs because of the lack of context for those kind enough to offer the help. I’ll try to provide a little context without typing a novel.
I used to be a runner but switched to strength training with dumbbells (3x) + body weight cardio exercises(2x) years ago. I fell in love with lifting and although I only have dumbbells (3-40lbs) we do hope to buy a bar and plates at some point but it might be a bit as the demand for them is high right now so the prices aren’t within our affordable range.
I wonder if I start reducing my 2x a week cardio down to pure low impact (I’ve been making modifications as needed but I’m considering just throwing them out entirely and going for a brisk walk in the early am on these days) if that will be “enough”? (For help with mood) maybe I’ll just have to try it out for a bit and see if my body adapts haha