Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.
I restarted my workouts yesterday and found that the combination of weight gain and the lack of regular exercise over the last month or so has taken its toll. Of course my age does not help much but I have learned over the past few years that keeping up with my workouts makes a difference in how I feel both physically and mentally. The challenge now is to get back into the routine while also eating less. Getting back to being at the Y at 5 AM after sleeping in so much lately requires a lot of self-motivation but I need to do it.
This morning I also go to my cardiologist for follow-up on my latest heart surgery so I plan on going early to the Y and then home to change for the doctor. My wife is also going to her cardiologist at a different location to check on the Pacemaker she just got two weeks ago. We are becoming the poster couple for the Heart-care community. We knew our long marriage would bring us together but we did not expect it to be by sharing medical problems. We are lucky to have some outstanding care givers who have helped us to be able to continue to live active lives.
OK so now the pitch. You too can be young again and live a vibrant life, all you have to do is start an exercise program. Here are some tips to help you.
4 Ways to Stay Consistent With Your Workouts
For many of us, keeping consistent with our workouts is the biggest challenge—and it often prevents us from seeing success. You can have the best workout program in the world, but if you don’t actually do it, it’s clear you won’t get results. Try any of these four techniques and watch your gym attendance go up.
- Give Yourself a Daily Challenge. When you’re getting ready to work out, what are you thinking about? Are you just trying to get through your routine? Instead of focusing on when you’ll be done, set a goal for yourself. Daily goals or challenges are one of the best ways to keep consistent, because you’ve just given your workout a real purpose. If all you’re working toward is that long-term goal you have in mind, you know that one single workout isn’t going to make a big difference in the grand scheme of things. But if you have a goal to reach during that exact session, that workout takes on more importance. Miss the workout and you’ve missed the goal.
These goals or challenges should be relatively easy to obtain with some effort. One additional push-up, 10 seconds off your one-mile time, or an extra set of lunges are difficult but achievable goals.
- Sign Up for an Event. This is great because now you have a firm deadline in place. That event is going to happen—like it or not—at its scheduled time. There’s no way you can just push it back at your leisure. Having something to train for like this may just give you the incentive you need to keep pushing onward. Try a 5K run or a mini triathlon if there’s one happening in your area.
- Track Those Sessions. Sometimes the best way to stick with the program is to start tracking your workout sessions. Many people fall off the bandwagon simply because they don’t feel like they’re making any progress. When you track your sessions, you will see very clearly that you are. Try an app like MapMyFitness to easily create a training log, and look back over the weeks that have passed to see how far you’ve come. It will give you an instant motivation boost to know that the work you’re putting in is paying off.
- Refresh Your Playlist. Finally, try refreshing your playlist. There’s nothing like a brand new song to get you pumped up to work out. Try and find a new song each week to workout to, you might just find you’re looking forward to going to the gym ore.
Keep these quick tips in mind and next time you feel like you’re about to fall off the workout bandwagon, you’ll know precisely what to do. And be sure to connect MyFitnessPal and MapMyFitness (download it on iOS or Android) so can you can easily track your calorie burn and see how many calories you’ve earned!
“Energy & persistence conquer all things.”
A family who had just moved into a new neighborhood was anxious to make a good impression. But the neighbors seemed cold and made no overtures of welcome. The mother of the brood was overjoyed when finally her youngest son ran in and announced happily, “Mommy, the lady down the street asked my name today!”
“Oh, how nice!” exclaimed the mother enthusiastically. “And then what did she do?”
“Then she gave it to the policeman.” the boy said.
Don’t ever slam a door; you might want to go back.
A court clerk tells us about the jury-selection process. First a computer randomly selects a few hundred citizens from the entire county to report for jury duty on a particular day. Then another computer assigns 40 of those present to a courtroom. Then the 40 names are placed into a drum, and a dozen names are pulled. During jury selection for one trial, the judge asked potential Juror No. 1 if there was any reason he could not be a fair and impartial juror.
“There may be,” he replied. “Juror No. 12 is my ex-wife, and if we were on the same jury, I guarantee we would not be able to agree on anything.” Both were excused.
“The best way to get most husbands to do something is to suggest that perhaps they’re too old to do it.”
Crying her eyes out, the blonde approached the policeman and said that her dog, Fido, was lost. The officer suggested that she put an ad in the paper.
The blonde replied, “Well, I thought of that, but I decided against it.”
“Why did you decide against it?” asked the officer.
“I remembered that my dear little Fido can’t read,” sniffed the blonde.
“Take your life in your own hands and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.”
Co-workers sympathized as my mother complained that her back was really sore from moving furniture.
“Why don’t you wait till your husband gets home?” someone asked.
“I could,” my mother told the group,” but the couch is easier to move if he’s not on it.”
“Love is the thing that enables a woman to sing while she mops up the floor after her husband has walked across it in his barn boots.”
The telephone solicitor selling basement waterproofing must have thought she’d died and gone to heaven when she reached my very polite and patient son on the phone. At the end of her long sales pitch, she asked, “Do you mind if we send out someone to give you an estimate?”
“Not at all,” my son said.
“When would be a good time?” she asked.
My son answered, “Just as soon as I dig a basement.”
Exercise is a journey, not a destination. It must be continued for the rest of your life.
We do not stop exercising because we grow old – we grow old because we stop exercising.
Dr. Kenneth Cooper
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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