Really Doing Regular Exercise
I don’t know about you, but for me, being consistent with exercise has been a life long challenge. It seems some people who decide they are going to exercise regularly, they really do it, where others just can’t keep a regular routine that easily…. For me and a lot of people I know, it isn’t so simple, maybe because we are more diffused awareness creatures with many things on our minds at once, and the thought of the simplistic regular exercise regimen just isn’t so easy.. SOOOO for me, I come up with ways to hold myself accountable, it is the ONLY thing that has ever worked for me to be consistent and get results. Exercise can lift depression, improve self-esteem, give me an euphoric feeling and reduce stress among other things. I believe that because Exercise makes me happy! I can be totally depressed, and if I just exercise everyday for a period of time, my whole well-being shifts to a vibrant happy burst of light so I am motivated to keep this a part of my life.
Ideas on what to do for exercise:
Here are some things I have done that have worked to keep the consistent workouts coming:
- Hire Rita Catalino, who is an ON-LINE personal trainer coach. I worked with her for two months and she got me more toned than anything I have ever done.. She went over what I eat and taught me to eat more, and more frequently. Her workouts were a variety to keep me intrigued and made the time pass by and worked every muscle. Her personality was upbeat, supportive and encouraging.. She was a blast to work with and was worth the investment which was more cost-effective than hiring a one on one personal trainer in the gym. I first learned about Rita while following Tosca Reno. Both women are Canada based.
- In the past I joined a neighborhood swim team, our swim coach was this bubbly woman named Martha who I couldn’t help but fall in love with, she also led a woman’s tri-athlete team, Tri La Vie and if you were a woman on her swim team, she would eventually talk you into joining her tri team… and so before I knew it, I was swimming in the ocean training for a tri! Something I thought I would never and could never do! It was a great experience and I highly recommend trying this if this sounds interesting to you.
- The daily workouts I do now are at HOME! And I am currently IN-LOVE with the routine, it is only 30 minutes a day! So quick and no excuse to skip it! And it works my whole body including cardio.. They are the Beach Body workouts… first one I did was the T-25, in order to actually discipline myself to do it every day (one day off a week), I partnered with my buddy Kathy, we would text each other every day “DONE” when we completed it… So when her text would come in “DONE”, I was pressured to get my “DONE” text to her or I would look like a looser, and visa versa.. Our competitive spirits fueled our success and made it fun! After 3 months of that routine, I switched to Beach Body’s “21 Day Fix” and joined a FB group of people who are all doing it with me same time. As we age, some of the jumping around a lot can hurt our knees, but Beach body has other workouts that do not have jumping in them.
There are a few other things I love doing, like working out with a significant other, the Body by Simone On-Line streaming workouts, hiking, paddle boarding, long walks, beach cruise rides along the coast and kayaking. I also recently joined a local cross fit gym and take it easy, I do not get competitive and try to lift heavy olympic level weight lifting like some of the others, I keep it light and consistent and enjoy the camaraderie. Hopefully these ideas give you things to consider if you are struggling with sticking to a daily exercise routine.
Exercise keeps me happy and toned… Remember in regards to controlling our weight, that has to do with 80% of what we put in our mouth and exercise is only 20% of that. Good nutrition and supplements are key to fueling our bodies, maintaining a healthy weight and getting our nutrients.