Today I did some skiing with my hubby. It is not that strenuous, but a workout nevertheless.
When it isn't raining, walking the boy to and from school gives me nearly four miles of exercise, Monday through Friday. When it does rain, I'm not adjusting. I've lost six pounds since the beginning of the year and I feel and look better. I'd like to lose another ten. Not too grand a goal, since I've cut my alcohol intake greatly. Losing another four or five would make our spring camping holiday more fun.
I'd also love to build upper body and ab strength. I've been going to the gym once a week with my sister, which is a start, and doing small spurts of exercise here and there at home.
After the resting day I went for a run again and was very excited just from the thought, but in 10 minutes I got a crazy pain in my stomach, so I couldn't continue. I really don't know if I should ignore it and let the pain go away or if I should stop the training altogether.
Signed up for Zumba class
Starting to play basketball
My workouts and movement have changed over the years. I pay an annual subscription to BOD (Beachbody on Demand) and it includes so many programs on there, including the Premium content. I'm so glad they switched to this, providing Premium programs. This will allow me to sell the programs I do have on eBay or Craig's List or something.
They have a plethora of workout programs from HIIT, Yoga, MMA, Weights, No Weights, Dancing, for Pregnancy, something similar to Tai Chi, and lots of other things.
For the past year, I've been also doing a 12-week program called Metabolic Prime (MP). That is not Beachbody and is probably my favorite program. Each workout is 15 minutes long. If you want to do an Afterburn workout, it's 5 minutes long, so your max workout would be 20 minutes plus warm up and cooldown.
You can use weights or not either through dumbbells, kettlebells, no weights, or resistance bands. I prefer dumbbells mostly. The 12-weeks is split into 4 phases, each being 3 weeks long. There are 3 workouts/wk and they prefer you have a day of rest from those workouts between workouts. Each phase gets more intense.
One of the things is that often people workout too long and too hard and then burn out quickly. Keeping workouts shorter, but intense helps me to stay more motivated. I've done MP 3 times. Round 1 and Round 3 I did the full 12-weeks. In Round 2, I got sick at 8-9 weeks and had to stop.
I've learned that leisurely walking has been very destressing and something really great for my body that can be done most days. I was really surprised at how effective this was in helping my body be leaner. It wasn't that I burned a lot of calories, but the destressing part was the big thing. Lowering my cortisol levels has made it easier to release fat.
Leisurely walking is not fast walking, but LEISURELY, a gentle stroll. All the things I thought about exercise, more isn't better. Harder isn't better. More intense isn't better.
Also, and it's been nearly a couple years, but I also love ZGym by Zuzka Light. I had been subscribing to that for a couple years before Beachbody. And, I also like Fitness Blender. They have a ton of free workouts.
Lastly, if you like super challenging stuff, sometimes I through in some of Funk Roberts stuff, which is MMA type stuff or along that ilk. But, usually now that's too intense for me, at least right now.
I actually do exercise regularly and listen to my body instead of forcing it to do something it doesn't really want to. This is much different than what I had done previously, which always led me to injuries, making me more injury prone.
Always modifying as per my body and the state it's in. I no longer believe or practice we must stress our bodies out from all directions of life. In times of high stress, whether it be emotional, financial, relational, spiritual, etc, I ease up on my exercise and mainly focus on restorative, healing movements. I consider that exercise also.
I started doing this in 1-Jun-2015. I've now gone 567 days without any serious injury doing it this method. That is 20 1/2 months, which is a huge feat because before it would maybe be 3-6 months before some injury or major sickness....See More
There has been one major sickness within that period of time and that lasted for 2 months, in which all I did was easy, restorative stuff. It turned out I had major allergies, which I will set another goal for that. During that time, I just was very kind to my body with light, restorative, easy movements.
Right now and for the past several months, I have been dealing with heel pain to my left heel. Part of the root cause were that I was allergic to the sandals, sneakers, flip flops I was wearing. Got treated for that and I am no longer allergic to them. However, it only improved the condition about 50%. I know another element is emotionally based. What? I don't know. It also could be other allergies causing it.
Trigger points are not the cause of this heel pain, which some may refer to as Plantar Fasciitis. That was the case in the past, but that's not my issue this time.
Anyway, things that I call exercise are as follows:
Movements/Exercise is anything that would allow the blood in your body to circulate better, bring more energy flow to your body.
Had I adopted this thought process of listening to my body through the years, I would not have been injured or sick so many times. For decades, I kept pushing my body harder and harder, stressing it out and then different systems began to fail. Not good.
I am enjoying much better health and quality of life now that I am more balanced here in regular exercise. I've taken a couple months off from really intense exercise and workouts and I am almost ready to get back into it again.
Run/walk 4x week, Yoga 2x week, Weights 5x week
My youngest small person bought me a Fitbit with her precious pennies for Christmas as she knew I had wanted one and wouldn't treat myself. My wee sweetheart. Having it has definitely upped my daily steps. When I'm at work I hit my 10k steps no problem but when I'm at uni I am sat at a desk for hours and hours so i have been going for nightly walks to hit my target and i have actually been really enjoying it.
@tazzell That's awesome! My man got me an Apple Watch for Christmas, and it's had the same effect on me. The other night I was 20 calories away from the daily goal, so I did lunges in my living room until I made it. Having something to make tracking goals like that easy is so nice. Have fun!
I was doing pretty good with this for a while! Until I decided walking on a sheet of ice would be a good idea, fell on my ass, hit my head, and gave myself a case of whiplash, haha. So taking it easy for a week or two until my neck seems to be fully recovered and then easing back in.
My preferred forms of exercise are yoga and hiking, but I wasn't getting where I wanted to be on that alone and added some strength and cardio to the mix. My goals are to be able to run a 5k and to develop muscle tone all over. After that we'll see -- I may set higher goals, or just maintain that and go back to yoga primarily. It gets addictive once you finally get to enjoying the pain, and one achievement makes you crave another! :)
Hi everyone - great to find this group :)
Just installed a pedometer app on my phone. Hoping to walk 10000 steps/day.
Just got back after running, that wasn't too hard in the beginning, I like that I have to run 3 min and then walk for a 3 min so I have a time to rest and also it's nice that even when I was getting tired, my inner voice was shouting at me ‘come on it's just 3 minutes you can do it!!’ so in the end, my training is not so hard and still I'm exercising 40 min in total. Maybe after 20 min I'm getting tired and having some pain in my chest, also, no selfies when I run! Too red in the face! How do all those ‘gym girls’ really look so good?!
I'm taking a weekly self-defense class. This is my third 8-week session. Loving this class. It's a small class. Learning so much and I feel better that I am learning how to physically defend myself, since I go on walks all the time alone.
Yesterday I did this workout. It's Insane. My whole body is sore. Check it out. https://youtu.be/ZJ8Zdj0OPMI?list=PLAuWaJivWZdpgkLF5rTYseABr7HkUvodi
So here I go. I downloaded the app, chose the running program for beginners and I am starting today.
On one hand I can say that I'm quite fit by nature's way and also it's because I have been dancing all my life, but now that I am closer to my 30’s I feel as though I need to do more physical exercise. I have always been amazed by people who run on a daily base but I was never really into running. I did try to run a couple of times and I couldn't make it more than 10 minutes but I would like to start to run regularly, work on my stamina and get stronger.
I always had some extra weight, and I feel like now is the time to get in shape. I've wanted to eat healthier, and be more active in general for a long time. I'm looking for ways to force myself to stick to my new diet and exercise plan. Can anybody help and share their motivation tips?
@FloraW Hi Flora! I've got motivation troubles. One of the things that's helping at the moment is that I have a friend who's also trying to keep motivation, so we make dates to work out together. She's in a lot better shape than I am, but she doesn't pressure me to go faster and I still get to push myself forward. If I'm on my own, I try to get out the door by thinking about how little time it will actually take in reality and how much better I'll feel afterward. Lowering my resistance to working out doesn't always work, but it's getting better. How about you?
@veronicarosell "I try to get out the door by thinking about how little time it will actually take in reality and how much better I'll feel afterward. " so true !
You are right having a training buddy definitely helps. I am going to ask my sister, luckily we live very close to each other, so that might work. She also could use some motivation.
What do you do for your workouts? Do you also run? I think running can be a great alternative to other workouts.
@FloraW This is a journey, really. Focus on getting your blood flowing every day, whether it be through exercise, movement, or something that helps stimulates better blood flow in your body. Sometimes it may be an intense workout. Other days it might be restorative work or injury prevention work. Or sometimes it's an easy workout or movement of some type. Listen to your body and it will tell you whether what you are doing is okay for today or not.
In terms of diet, what has worked for me is to NOT be on a diet. I basically eat anything I want, but I do listen to whether my body is telling me it's okay to eat something or not and how much. When my body says it's had enough food, I stop usually.
Or, if my body feels awful eating something, then I don't eat or drink it. Food is pleasurable but there has to be a balance.
However, I do cook on a regular basis and make many of my meals from scratch using single ingredient items that haven't been processed. Well, usually. I cook with a lot of proteins, veggies, nuts, limit grains, some dairy, good fats, limited legumes, fruit, herbs, spices, etc.
For me, I try to buy as little processed stuff as possible and I have learned to make delicious meals out of simple ingredients. I have an array of fresh/dried herbs, spices, etc that I use to make my own seasoning mixes. I don't buy store bought mixes or seasonings as they contain things I don't like in them to preserve them.
Plus, my husband and children love the variety of meals I make them, which are a host of dishes from around the world. Learning to cook from simple, whole ingredients is a valuable tool in eating healthy. That would be my one thing to recommend in terms of diet: Eat whole foods, not processed stuffed.
@FloraW Right now I mostly run - it's easiest to get out the door for me! When I'm looking for something else to do, I have a good yoga mat and do some yoga in my living room. I also have the Nike+ training app, which is great because it's got some good difficult workouts to do without equipment. My next goals are to pick swimming and boxing back up - I did both of those along with running for a long time previously, and I was in the best shape of my life! What's your main workout currently?
Im starting today !!!
@tomerirge dig deeper :)
Aside from my running goal, I want to get other types of exercise in there for variety and to help keep me from injury. I like boxing and swimming, but boxing is geographically difficult to get to by the time class starts, and swimming takes a lot of time. But, in the grand scheme of things, those are just barriers and excuses to keep me from getting started...so I'll give it a shot!
@veronicarosell I just wrote a post on this. I've been able to be basically serious injury free for 20 1/2 months by listening to my body. When my body feels overworked and stressed, I do more restorative stuff.
Maybe set your goals differently in terms of amount of time. I set a goal of at least 1 minute a day. Very few days I actually do that little time, but it knowing that every day for the past 567 consecutive days I've accomplished this goal keeps me motivated.
I have a ton of variety of things that I do to always keep me interested and to keep my body in good condition.
@ligemst Hey there! The time component is a good key. I think for the activities I really want to do, there's an inherent time component that makes it a bit difficult to commit. But yes - starting with activities that don't take a lot of prep/cleanup or travel time will be a good place to start.
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