Another Reader Request Answered: Exercise….How Do I Find The Time?

Finding time to exercise is not something I need to usually do. I will admit, at times, life gets hectic and it’s just not possible. However, finding no time to exercise, in my opinion, is 95% of the time just an excuse. Let me explain.

The gym I attend, I will often see people sitting in workout clothes, taking up space on a machine without any movement happening except for their fingers going a mile a minute on their phones. This could take anywhere from a few minutes to as long as 20 minutes on the same machine without any exercise happening at all. Now, not to be rude or inconsiderate (like they clearly are being), I feel individuals like this are simply mooching off the free WIFI while dressed like they should be dressed at a gym and taking up space where they should not be taking up space. We have tables and chairs at our gym for this sort of thing. Which brings me to my point on why having no time if often an excuse. If you are up to date and current on all your social media accounts….you surely have time to exercise, it’s simply not a priority in your life.

Another important aspect I believe is that you need to look at how to MAKE time to exercise if you want it bad enough. Either to lose weight, get healthy, for energy, or simply just to feel good, do you want it bad enough to make time in your daily life for this activity? For me, this is a no brainer, I simply feel best when I exercise so little to no thought is needed to make time.

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Let’s look at what you do for exercise. If you are a treadmill person and dread the thought of walking/running on this motorized belt everyday, of course you may find it difficult to keep at it. If your a treadmill walker/runner and enjoy the time this machine allows you to walk without the outdoor elements getting in your way, then I can see you looking forward to this activity everyday. Doing something you enjoy rather than dread is always easier. Experiment with different exercises and find one that you really enjoy, one that gives you satisfaction and then you may find it easier to continue once you begin.

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Ultimately, for me, exercise is made a top priority in my life. I feel better, my body hurts less when I exercise, my mind resets, and I know it makes me stay healthy enough to enjoy the things I love to do.

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It helps me reach my goals and get to some of the most magnificent destinations a person could ever hope to see.

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Without daily exercise my body would never allow me the pleasure of reaching some of the crazy places I wish to see before its too late. And for this I am so thankful.

IMG_9503For me working out is a way to work everything out…..try it and you may find it life changing. I sure did.

 

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In Search Of Activity Based Friend Time

Life has changed! These past 5 years have really opened my eyes to how much they have changed. Our son graduated high school, my husband has moved up to at least an 80% desk job from being on his feet all day for well over 20 years, and I have found freedom from being a full time parent. You would think all this sounds wonderful but I can assure you it’s been a challenge at best.

Let me explain. I have a small group of friends I talk to on a fairly regular basis. Although, after dedicating my whole life to work and raising our son by being a stay at home working mom I have found it really hard to venture back out in the world and meet active people. Key word here is ACTIVE!!! I have gone to active seminars, met people on trails, and seen people in camping areas with groups of active friends all out enjoying life on the trail, waterways or just simply working out in the gym together. Where these individuals find active friends is beyond me since I have searched and searched long and hard. Plus, I have found living in WI is of no help what so ever. WI is not a very active state and that saddens me to no end.

Don’t get me wrong, I love being with my husband doing the outdoor activities we love to do. However, there are times when either he is busy or I find I just need some friend time instead of husband time. And regardless of what is offered and where it is, my small group of friends are either busy, tired, too hot, too cold, have too much to do, want to but think they can’t, are sick, are scared to try new things etc.. You name it, I have heard every excuse in the book.  Although, they never seem too “enter excuse here”  to want to go out for a meal instead of doing something active. This is nice but not always what I am looking for. It’s as if they have given up on life and I just can’t go there yet. I am not ready to sit, get old, and die. I guess maybe I am not done living yet.

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All this is what led me to join a Meetup group in our area. I will admit, I am amazed by this new active outdoor meetup group that I found and I still have my doubts this will work. I suppose the only way to find out is to give it a chance and see what happens. So now I wait and hope for fun adventures to be invited to and the possibility of meeting new people that aren’t afraid of sweating, getting dirty or just having fun while not sitting on our rear ends.

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I scares me to think that some people are content with life with no adventure. What makes them want to get up every morning if every day looks just like the last. I understand the midwest is not all that great and there are much better areas to live adventurous. However, I live here and I do my best to make the best of a not so great situation….and when I can’t I plan a vacation to a better place. HAHA!

Anyhow, I guess you could say I have given up on asking for company to get out and enjoy life. Now I will just wait for the asking to come to me. Hopefully I will meet new people and have fun all at the same time.

Have you been a member of any Meetup group?

Did you meet like minded people who you enjoy being with?

Do you have two sets of friends…active and inactive?

A Week Until Christmas….Are You Ready?

We have had one busy week. From getting all the last minute prep things done for Christmas to attending holiday parties….it’s been crazy.

Let’s see, our three Christmas gathering menus are made, my boys have their shopping done(not wrapped but at least done) and I have read my fair share of Christmas stories to my kiddos that I think I could tell them by memory. We even found time to do a little car shopping during the week….a bonus. All that being said, I feel like I am ready to conquer the next week.

Here is what I did for stress relief this week:

Saturday: gym: 30 minute elliptical, lower body weights, and stretching

Sunday: gym: 40 minute elliptical, core and abs

Monday: home: weight lifting 30 minutes,

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Tuesday: rest

Wednesday: home: weight lifting 30 minutes

gym: 30 minute elliptical, lower body weights and abs

Thursday: home: weight lifting 30 minutes

Friday: rest

I decided to change up my ab routine this week by adding back into rotation inclined sit ups. It’s been years since I did this exercise and gosh could I feel it!!!! However, in only a week I have noticed great improvement and this makes me very happy.

I am really looking forward to some time off in the next two weeks since mornings are my favorite time to work out and during the work week this is not possible. I will admit, however, sleeping in tomorrow morning will be nice. It’s been a long but good week.

 

Home Gym’s Don’t Have To Be Expensive

Let’s talk about home gyms today. With the new year right around the corner we all know that means exercise equipment will be going on sale, gyms will be crowded with January Joiners (as we label them) and diet remedies will be all over social media.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love inspiring people to exercise, lose weight and to get healthy. Although, many who start this journey fall off the wagon before real progress can be seen much less felt physically and this frustrates me. You cannot take a pill that promises you weight loss of this many pounds in this many weeks and expect to keep it off forever without some “work”. And you cannot expect that “work” to feel fantastic at first, which is why professionals will tell you to start off slow and work your way up. The one thing you can count on is that the “work” you do will eventually lead to a healthier you and that is what should keep you coming back for more.

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When I began my healthy journey…..years ago….I started at home. And I started with one item, a used recumbent bike my mother used for therapy after a knee surgery. I clearly remember that first time, in my mind I was going to ride that bike for 10 minutes. It’s 10 minutes, how hard can that be? Well, it was hard…..VERY HARD! I was completely ashamed that I could not ride a stationary bike for 10 minutes. However, each day it got easier and I found my body craving more activity which is when I began adding to my home gym.

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Granted, we are not wealthy and I could not just go out and purchase anything and everything. So I started slow and used what I could to substitute some items. I started with light weights and a stability ball. Both of which I found at a local garage sale. Then I added a weight system that I asked for from my entire family for my birthday one year. Little by little I accumulated what I now consider my home gym. And to this day I add at least one or two pieces to it every year. That is not to say, some things I have bought and sold after finding they were just not what I was looking for.(Treadmill=dreadmill…sold to the highest bidder) I also owned a rowing machine that I sold and wish I wouldn’t have. In the last 12 years, I have since replaced my original used recumbent bike for a replacement. I have used my husbands mechanical abilities and had him make me a weighted pole instead of paying money for one. And I have asked my family every year for workout equipment for Christmas that they have no clue how to use. Which leaves me with enough variety to change up my home routine whenever I feel the need for change.

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However, you do not need all these items to exercise at home. Here is a prime example: I recently was talking with a friend of mine who, about one year ago, finally decided to give a public gym a try and has since fell in love with exercise. Forever she thought I was crazy for craving exercise to keep my mental and physical health in check, and now she is just as crazy. Anyhow, while we were talking she was telling me that she had taken the week off of working out since she had strained her back moving some furniture. After asking her how she was now feeling and if she was going to start back at her workouts she chuckled and told me she could not wait to go after work on this day. She even told me that Saturday while doing some laundry she took two new mega bottles of laundry soap and did some weight lifting with them while in her basement. I just laughed and thought back to all the strange things I used when I first started out.

So if you are planning on making a resolution of getting healthy and starting an exercise routine, first check with your doctor. After that remember, start out slow, have a plan of attack, and don’t think you need a ton a money to get healthy. With just a few items you can be moving toward a happier, healthier you.

 

 

 

Weekly Wrap Up and Workouts of the Week

It’s been a great week here at our house.

My husband is now completely off all meds for his back injury and after a few days of adjustment he is doing great. The only time he is noticing trouble is when he has his big, steel toe work boots on, he then still has signs of drop foot. Since this has been his main complication resulting from this back injury, he is now once again concentrating on working those certain muscle groups to help with his foot drop issue. We have high hopes that he will see improvement quickly.

As you will see below when you glance at the workouts I accomplished this week, I have started adding yoga back into my rotation. It’s been at least 6 months or more since I last did yoga and let me tell you, Wednesday morning I felt EVERY SINGLE MUSCLE. Ouchhhhh! I am really hoping to squeeze in a yoga routine twice a week to help with balance, flexibility and relaxation. Yoga is something I struggle with because it takes a long time for me to feel like I am actually working out, which then makes me choose something more high energy. Although, apparently my muscles need yoga because I had all I could do to lift and carry around my two toddlers Wednesday morning after Tuesday’s yoga routine.

Anyhow, here is what I did for my health and happiness this week.

Saturday: rest, traveling

Sunday: Ahnapee State Trail completed….4 mile hike

Monday: home:1 1/2 mile walk in the morning, 20 minute recumbent bike, stability ball exercises and upper body weights

gym: 30 minute elliptical, 10 minute ARC, abdominal workout and stretching

Tuesday: 2 mile morning walk, 45 minutes of yoga (OUCH….it’s been a while), and 3 mile walk after dinner

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Wednesday: home: weights (upper and lower body), recumbent bike 30 minutes and stretching.

gym: 30 minutes elliptical

Thursday: rest

Friday: abs and 30 minutes of yoga

Have a great weekend and a safe Halloween:)

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