Tuesday, January 12, 2016

No Excuses - This is Your Year!

2016 is well underway. How are your fitness goals doing? Did you join a gym this month? If yes, I hope you take baby steps and just keep a reasonable steady pace. If you go from 0-60mph in terms of "never worked out" to 4 or 5 days per week, you're bound to burn out by March. And we don't want that. Start with 3 days per week, and work up to five if you can.

Some of you have the "no time to exercise" excuse because you work from early in the morning until dark, pick up kids, make dinner, help with homework, shuttle to soccer practice, feed the dog, laundry, (insert ten more things here), then collapse into bed, only to repeat the next day. I know how it is. It's hard.

But I also know people who make the time despite a work schedule. They either get up earlier and put in the time, or do it right after work. If you wait until after dinner, chances are slim you'll feel motivated. I also suggest if at all possible, get a friend to workout with you. Have the accountability partner really staves off the excuses for why you have to stay back and fold towels or go through the mail, etc.

Someone once shared this with me at the gym and it stuck. "When you're young, you sacrifice your health for wealth" (always too busy working to exercise). "When you're old, you sacrifice your wealth for health." (Sometimes if you wait too long to get healthy, you find all your money in your golden years is going to pay medical bills.) None of us want that. Prevention is better than cure, right?  So take action now.

If you really can't get outside with three feet of snow to drive to the gym or walk outside, and you have no gym equipment in the house, don't forget about cable workouts. (There are lots of great free ones to your interest under the Sports & Fitness tab.)

And there's Pinterest, laden with quickie workouts you can do with just your body. I've posted one below as an example. I'm not sure it's really a 'Lazy Girl' workout. That would be lifting a hand full of chips to your mouth while you sit on the couch watching TV. Check out my Fitness Board for more ideas and targeted problem area workouts. Take screenshots with your phone, so you have them right in front of you.

I'm not kidding. If you did this little number 3 times/week (before or after folding your towels), even this would make a world of difference. You will get stronger, faster, more energized, toned and even burn some calories. You can work up to 3 sets of these exercises as you get better. Put on some fast music to motivate yourself. No more excuses. This is your year to get healthy! (Plus summer is only a few months away.)

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