EXERCISE TO LIVE A LONG HEALTHY LIFE


Blog #8

We all have to move our bodies everyday to live a better life.  Sitting around eating junk food is not the answer, especially when you are fighting a disease.  You need a strong immune system to beat the odds.

When you exercise you feel better about yourself, and your life becomes enriched.  You have a better outlook on life.  Sometimes, it’s hard to mentally and physically start an exercise program.  You may feel intimidated to walk into a gym, you may not know how to use the machines or even afraid.  Twenty years ago, I was the one that felt scared and unsure of myself, you have to start somewhere.  You just have to go for the “Gusto” and just do it, you can talk to a trainer or the exercise room attendant.  They would be glad to help you out, my gym offers a free 30 minute orientation for new members to teach them how to use the machines.  New members are often relieved that we do this and they are thankful.  In reality, other people are going to be focused on what they are doing and not what you are doing.

TIPS TO MOTIVATE YOURSELF:

1.  Join a gym that you feel comfortable in, like your local YMCA or gym.

2.  If you are a woman and find it uncomfortable to exercise in front of men, you can join an all female gym.

3.  Start a workout program with a friend, you can rely on each other for support, motivation, and to be accountable.

4.  While you are working out, think of the specific muscle that you are working on.

5.  Make time for yourself, stop making excuses, the more you make the farther you push the gym away.

6.  Start slow, you can get a personal trainer to show you the ropes, or ask a friend that is an avid “Gym Goer” to help you get aquainted with the gym.

7.  Join a support group, this is a great if you need motivation to get started.

8.  Buy a book or check one out of the library on how to exercise or about the human body.  It is easier to workout when you know the different parts of the body, specifically the muscle groups.  It is a mind-muscle connection, when you visualize what part you are working out it is very effective.  By doing this, something great happens, *YOU START BELIEVING IN YOURSELF!

9.  If you can’t afford to join a gym or you just don’t want to, you can put together an inexpensive home gym.  Even though, I work at a gym, I exercise at home.  I have been doing it for years and love the fact that I can just wake up, throw on some clothes and not have to leave the house.  That’s what I prefer, some people may need other people to get them going.

10.  The 10th tip is – Just go into a gym and get STARTED!  Only you are holding yourself back!

TIPS ON HOW TO CREATE A HOME GYM:

1.  Buy some comfortable clothing made to workout in.

2.  Buy some 2lb weights to start out and work yourself up to a 5, then 8 lb weights and up.  You can also buy weighted gloves.

3.  Buy some exercise DVD’S that interest you, I love Denise Austin, Cathe Friedrich, Jari Love, and Jackie Warner.  These powerful women, I think are the best in their industry, they will motivate, push, and inspire you to get the body that you desire.  Pick the workouts that interest you, the ones that you will have fun with.  There are so many DVD’s on the market, kickboxing, yoga, aerobics, dancing, weight lifting, etc.  The key is to do a variety of exercise to keep your metabolism working.  Over time, if you continue to always do the same exercises over and over, you won’t make any more changes.  That is why, it is a great idea to mix it up.

4.  Buy some bands, this is a different alternative to weights and they will work your muscles in a different way.   Purchase a good exercise matt, and a step if you intend on doing step exercises.  I would not recommend a step if you have knee problems.

5.  Work out at least 3 days per week, mix up your exercises.

6.  Eat a clean diet, when you eat right and exercise you will be amazed at the results that you can achieve!

7.  Don’t push yourself too far, you can end up injuring yourself!  I have done this a couple of times and it was not worth the pain and suffering and not to mention the time that I lost exercising because I had to heal.

8.  Exercise with a friend, it can be at your house or their house.

9.  Just have fun, the more you exercise, the better you will feel and look!

It has taken me 45 years to realize that it dosen’t matter what other people think about me.  It is only THEIR opinion, it is what you think about yourself what really counts.  Nobody likes to be made fun of or left out.  Associate with people that lift your spirits up,  someone who will motivate and inspire you to reach new heights.  You will be a much happier individual without negative people controlling your life.  Do what makes YOU happy!

Be kind to yourself and rewind the years, instead of fast forwarding your own illnesses.

“Be committed to your health and well being, YOU are the only one that has complete control over YOU“!

EAT RIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE,

Carol

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