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Working out (at home), Part 3 - Three things to remember

Friday, April 12, 2013

This is what we all expect when we start a fitness program. We may be trying to establish the habit of working out as a part of our new, healthy way of life but let’s be honest. Usually, we are driven by the desire for some changes. Lose weight, reduce belly fat, see some definition, we all expect a little “something” to happen. And this is true for any fitness schedule whether it’s done at home or not. But since we don’t have anyone to talk about it at home and ask for their opinion, we’d better keep these three things in mind and save ourselves some disappointment.

- The C’s.
Choice, Commitment, Consistency, Change.
If you want the first word to lead to the last, you can’t skip the two in the middle. You made a choice to add exercise to your lifestyle, your own way, in your own place, at your own time. You have to commit to this choice and be consistent. It’s the only way your new habit will lead to change. Excuses and making the best use of any opportunity to skip your workouts are not a part of this deal. You have to be honest with yourself.

- Fun!
If you like it, you’ll stick to it. If it feels like a boring chore or an obligation, you’ll soon quit.
You might have heard of certain workouts that work and do miracles on your body. But what if you don’t like them? What if you have to drag yourself even for a 20-minute workout? You’re not going to be able to do that for long. Fun is a very important element of a workout program. You’d rather dance at the beat of your favorite music than do an aerobics workout that you hate. At least you’re not on the couch trying to persuade yourself that you like it! Chances are…you’ll stay on the couch…

- The 80-20 rule!
The most important thing to remember. The mistake that we all make at some point and we regret later.
“I work out every day, so I can eat whatever I want!”
Or, in other words:
“I’m going to lose weight with exercise, why bother to watch what I’m eating?”
Well, if this kind of thoughts has crossed your mind even once, you have to understand the simple, ugly truth, here and now:

Weight loss is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. There is no way you can lose weight through exercise if your nutritional habits remain the same ones that led you to be overweight. Don’t make that mistake. It will only cause further disappointment for you. Exercise is an excellent habit that will help you in so many ways but it can only assist your weight loss efforts. It can’t make your bad eating habits disappear. In short...

With these three things in mind, make your first steps towards an exciting and rewarding fitness journey. Give your body the gift of exercise and enjoy the signs of its gratitude.
Health, endurance, strength.

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SIMONEKP 5/2/2013 9:21AM

    great summary

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BAKER1009 4/21/2013 3:28PM

    Great blog Elle...thank you!!

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BLOOMINGLENA 4/21/2013 5:34AM

    I liked your blog my sweet friend Elle! So true! Thank you for the advice and I promise they will always be in my mind.

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ANNIEONLI 4/17/2013 6:32AM

    My dear friend this was a GREAT blog - I even"liked it" emoticon

and just what I needed to read this morning too!

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NEWCHINELO 4/13/2013 5:06AM

    Very true,nutrition is a major weight loss tool!

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FIREFLY4407 4/13/2013 4:35AM

    Great blog! Yes, diet completely trumps exercise, and consistency is absolutely key - thank you for expressing these concepts so well! Have a wonderful weekend!

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123ELAINE456 4/12/2013 10:26PM

  Awesome Blog!!! You Can't Outrun Your Folk is very True. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Weekend. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!

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MICKEYH 4/12/2013 7:03PM

    I agree with this blog. You can out ear your exercise. Yes, and deed. Thanks goodness that, I have never thought if we exercise, we can eat more. If you eat more, there is no improvement. Thank you for sharing.
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MKELLY72 4/12/2013 11:21AM

    I love this blog!! "can't outrun your fork" hilarious and so true! Everyone needs to read this and take it to heart--so simple, so straight forward and true, and it leads to such great health goals!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 4/12/2013 11:21AM

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THOMS1 4/12/2013 10:35AM

    Good blog. Thank You!

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-AMANDA79- 4/12/2013 9:59AM

    Once again, great blog! It is so easy to fall into the trap of eating too much (or the wrong things) when you're working out.


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TRAVELGRRL 4/12/2013 8:58AM

    I sure have trouble remembering the 80/20 rule! It's one I apparently have to learn over, and over, and OVER!

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FITFOODIE806 4/12/2013 8:38AM

    I so agree with the 80/20. And that's why I struggle!

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KANOE10 4/12/2013 8:23AM

    Those were great comments. I love you can't outrun your fork! I like your cs .Important is the last one...change. Change if you don't like it or get tired of it or if you need to modify it.

I hope your in home exercise is going well.


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The strongest of the motives

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The first thing that caught my attention in the online world this morning was a video made by the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. It was made for a new campaign called “Make health last”.

Mixed feelings, right? Fear and hope contradicting each other as the images of two different endings appear before our eyes. Some of us may have already thought about old age. Others may think that they’re too young to worry about this. But the really important point here is the focus of this campaign. How we can make health last as long as possible.

I’ve always considered health to be a very important factor in changing the diet mentality and focusing on a more balanced lifestyle. All our ambitious desires of an ideal body image and all our vanity reasons can easily fade away compared to a health problem or the serious possibility of one. And unfortunately, many people only think about health as a motive for changing their way of life... in their doctor’s office. After they have been presented with some ugly truths about their state of health...

But it shouldn’t necessarily be that way. Health must become our number one motive. And there are many naysayers who will insist that no healthy way of life can actually guarantee the absence of serious illnesses. And they are right. But what about the odds? When we get up in the morning to walk to work and we see a sky filled with heavy clouds, there’s no guarantee that it will rain. But common sense puts an umbrella in our bag. We don’t get into our car certain that we’ll be involved in an accident a couple of miles down the road. But we wear our seat-belts. Because we want the odds to be in our favor. And when it comes to health there are thousands of experts and multiple researches that show us the right way to make our health last longer.

But we don’t even need them to realize the obvious. We are what we eat. Our body functions with the fuel it has been given. A quality fuel can make it work to its full potential. Our muscles were made to move. Lack of motion will only make them to forget the reason they exist and lead them to retirement. We don’t have to be scientists or experts to know that a healthy lifestyle can raise our possibilities of being healthy. It’s all a matter of foresight. The “just in case” person rarely gets wet on a cloudy day.

So, if you’re looking for some motivation this morning, think about your odds. Take a good look at your habits and your way of life and think of where they’ll lead you. And if you think you’re on the wrong track, just make your turn.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 4/14/2013 7:52AM

    I choose health. For those naysayers, feeling good vs feeling uck?

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BLOOMINGLENA 4/12/2013 4:46AM

    Another wonderful blog and a powerful video! Food for thought. The choice is ours. Health is the most important value in our lives! Taking care of our body and soul must be our priority! Thank you so much Elle!
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REBECCATKD 4/11/2013 8:20PM

    Wow! I'll have to watch this clip. It must be very inspiring -- great post!

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MICKEYH 4/11/2013 3:28PM

    what a great blog!! thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 4/11/2013 3:03PM

    Wow, powerful blog and video!

I have often, and for many years, abused my health, but thankfully the body is resilient and is able to repair itself. But there is always, ALWAYS room for improvement.

Thank you.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/11/2013 1:03PM

    Thank you for this blog and posting the link to that wonderful video. It really puts the alternatives front and center. Yes, I know there are no guarantees, but I want the odds on my side.

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123ELAINE456 4/11/2013 12:26PM

  Awesome Blog!!! Thanks for Sharing. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.

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MARIONJEANA 4/11/2013 12:04PM

    Thanks for sharing. So motivating! emoticon

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ELIZABETH5268 4/11/2013 11:55AM

    Very well put!

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NEWCHINELO 4/11/2013 11:27AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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THOMS1 4/11/2013 11:09AM

    Great blog! I have found that mindful choices have gotten me this far on my journey and to continue and not get derailed I have to keep making them. emoticon

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JITZUROE 4/11/2013 10:30AM

    Wonderful blog! I choose to be healthy today! I also completely agree with your attitude that mAking mindful choices is more important in he long run, since (speaking for myself personally), emotionally eating has been my downfall. As my disease progressed, I seemed to react more to that with more emo eating. But I know that not a single diet, doctor or workout DVD is going to change my life. I have to be conscious of my thoughts and make those health choices every day. It's those good choices that will put my health in a wonderful place, and therefor keep scary preventable health issues at bay, right?
have a great HEALTHY day! : )))

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WORKNPROGRESS49 4/11/2013 9:41AM

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KANOE10 4/11/2013 8:00AM

    Good inspirational blog. We need to make health our most important priority!
Thanks for sharing that video.

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TRYINGHARD54 4/11/2013 5:46AM

    great blog... very important.. thank you for sharing

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Working out at home, Part 2 - Do's and Don'ts

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Being your own coach requires much more obedience and discipline than what would be required by a trainer. He’s not there to correct you so you have to ensure your safety, your right posture and your efficiency yourself. Everything you’ve learned about a correct workout will have to be put into practice. You’ll make some mistakes. But there are some things you’d rather make sure you do and some others that you’d better avoid.


emoticon - Start by visiting a doctor.

Yes, I know, you’ve heard about it before. Yes, it’s this tiring introduction at the beginning of every fitness DVD.
But it’s not there just to legally ensure that the creator of a fitness program will have no responsibility if something bad happens. It’s there to remind you that you have to protect yourself and your health. If you haven’t exercised in the last couple of months, years, decades or… lives, chances are that after your first real cardio workout you’ll feel that you’re about to die! Wouldn’t it be better to know that you’re completely healthy? To have the green light from your doctor and know exactly how far you can push your limits to? And if you have certain health issues, then this is not just a “do”. It’s a “must”!

emoticon - Begin as a beginner.

If you’re just starting out, “slow” is the first word in your vocabulary. That means low intensity and low impact workouts. In other words you have to help your cardiovascular system and your joints adapt gradually. When it comes to cardio, start with some walking workouts or easy aerobics. Strength training can be slowly introduced to your body with some body-resistance exercises. Follow modifications and listen to your body.

emoticon - Make a weekly schedule.

I’m sure you’ve heard of the quote “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” This is exactly the case here. If your plan is “I’ll work out when I can” or “I’ll try to find time”, you’re leaving yourself too much space for excuses and cheating. Even if it’s just one workout that fits into your tight schedule, plan the day and time ahead. Make an appointment with yourself and be there!

emoticon - Track your progress.

You track your weight loss progress religiously, don’t you? Why shouldn’t you do the same with your fitness abilities? And there’s a great effect here compared to the scale. The scale sometimes moves the wrong way. Your fitness progress will only do that if there is illness or injury involved. Can you think of anything more motivational than watching yourself getting fitter?

emoticon - Be patient with yourself.

There is no exercise fairy that will visit you overnight and sprinkle you with a magical stardust filled with endurance, strength and muscle definition! You have to work hard to acquire all this. And the fact that you’re doing all this on your own could be slowing the process even more. So, patience is your friend. And don’t forget that persistence always brings results.


emoticon - Don’t make schedules that you can’t follow.

Are you thinking of starting out by making a weekly plan of early morning workouts even though you can find the snooze button on your alarm clock with your eyes closed? Well, the snooze button is about to destroy your plans… If you’re not a morning person, why make such a commitment to yourself? Plan your workouts according to your known way of life. You can make changes later, slowly and according to your needs.

emoticon - Don’t skip warm-up and cool-down (stretching).

They may look time-consuming to you but they are the most important parts of your workout. You need to prepare your lungs, your heart and your muscles for exercise and you have to help them come back to normal afterwards by bringing your heart rate back down and by stretching your muscles . Your body will thank you for taking the time to do both.

emoticon - Don’t overestimate your abilities.

It’s ok to underestimate. Soon, you’ll realize you can do more and make the necessary changes. But if you overestimate your strength or your endurance, injury could be right around the corner. Again, the advice is the same. Always listen to your body. Don’t ignore signs of fatigue. It may be your body crying out for help.

emoticon - Don’t be afraid of a bit of soreness.

Muscle soreness after exercise, which is almost always the case to people who are just starting out, may not be serious but can become a deterrent factor for many beginners. The truth is that it is a good thing. Your muscles are repairing themselves and are adapting to their new role. In short, they’re becoming stronger. Soreness, though, should not be causing you serious moving problems and it should go away within the next 48 hours. If not, you might be overdoing it.

I hope I’ve given you some tips on the strategies you need to follow in order to make exercise at home a pleasant and successful experience. Don’t miss the last part!

Coming up: Working out at home, Part 3 – Three things to remember

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SIMONEKP 5/2/2013 9:19AM

    good advice

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BLOOMINGLENA 4/4/2013 9:32AM

    Great blog, Elle! Always to the point. I think I should start walking before I go to work as it seems I can't manage to do any exercise after that as most of the times something comes up and I miss my daily workout. Time to fix it now that the weather gets better.
Thank you, sweet Elle! emoticon

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HAKAPES 4/3/2013 4:12PM

    Great advice! Thanks!

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TRILEMMA 4/2/2013 5:35PM

  Good advice.

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MICKEYH 4/2/2013 5:34PM

    Thank you for great advice!! emoticon emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 4/2/2013 12:38PM

    Wonderful advice. I love the "Begin as a Beginner." Too many people (ok, me too) jump in with both feet and then can't get up in the morning. Better to build slowly and be successful!

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NUOVAELLE 4/2/2013 11:16AM

    NEWCHINELO: Actually cool-down is a routine at the end of every workout that is intended to bring the heart rate down and almost always involves some stretching exercises. But thank you for pointing this out to me so I could add the clarification.

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NEWCHINELO 4/2/2013 10:59AM

    Also stretch after your work outs.

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BAKER1009 4/2/2013 10:54AM

    Don't skip warm-up or cool-down - I need to remember this! I am terrible about it. I always just want to jump up & go!

Thanks for the awesome blog Elle!!

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-AMANDA79- 4/2/2013 9:32AM

    Great, Great, GREAT blog!!
Making a schedule has really kept me committed to my home fitness routine.

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The key ingredient in the maintenance recipe!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I’m probably not in maintenance mode. If I were, I would still be at my best-ever weight of 68 kilos that I reached last summer.

I’m not in weight loss mode either. If I were, I wouldn’t be battling the same couple of pounds every weekend – borrowing the words from my good Sparkfriend Maura.

Maybe I’m at this “transition to maintenance” phase that the leaders at the “At goal and maintaining” team so wisely added to the team name. And I’ve been here long enough to have given maintenance lots of thought and contemplation.

So what’s the most important thing you can think of when the word “maintenance” comes to mind? Is it the correct calorie range? Or maybe the proper amount of exercise? Could it be the continuous motivation? Or a reward system for our continuous success? A support system of other maintainers maybe? Or is it just that we have finally established a healthy lifestyle that suits us and we can count on it?

Maybe one or more of the above. But quite honestly none of the above is the real reason I’m trying hard to maintain my weight. What has really kept me close to this all-time-low weight of mine is something else. There’s a different reason I try to go back to my healthy habits every Monday even if my weekend has been a complete disaster. The key ingredient to my maintenance attempts – their degree of success being irrelevant – is always the same.


To be more exact, past failure.

I never forgot how easy it is to lose control. I’ll always remember how unbelievably fast the weight we lose can be “found” again. The disappointment I felt when I had to dig out the “big” clothes from the back of my closet cannot be forgotten. The silent, weird looks on the faces of the people who had congratulated me a few months ago are not ones that I would like to see again. And, worst of all, the awful sense of not keeping a promise to myself and of having let me down once more is definitely a thing to try to avoid at all costs.

It never gets easy. Yes, I have formed healthy eating habits that I try to follow. Yes, I’ve made exercise a routine. But still, there are days that I want to be like those people who have an out-of-this-world metabolism and can eat whenever and whatever they like – yes, they do exist even if they are a minority! There are days that temptation will be thrown in front of my face and coincidentally my defense system will have gone on strike! There are days that my emotions will be hard to handle and sweet treats will come to the rescue!

But there will always be the next day. And the next day I choose to remember. I remind myself where this can lead. And I begin trying again. I slowly push myself back on the right track. Simply because I recognize the other road. And I don’t like the place where it leads. I’ve been there.

In short, I really believe that the more failures you’ve had in your weight loss resume, the better your chances of maintaining are. As long as you translate these failures into lessons. As long as you ally with your mistakes and use them towards your goal.

I don’t consider myself a successful maintainer. But I’m one that keeps fighting. Because I’ve learned my lesson. And maybe, just maybe, that’s what maintenance is all about.

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KRISKECK 4/2/2013 12:58PM

    Thank you - that is food for thought (no pun intended!). I hadn't thought of it that way but you're exactly right. Having experienced that particular kind of failure has inspired me to work to avoid it as I proceed towards my goals once again.


Have a great day!


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ISHIIGIRL 3/28/2013 8:07AM

    I think you shed light on a very important aspect of successfully maintaining. We all have to have some motivation to stay in maintenance and for many that is a fear of failure. A fear we can't maintain what we have acheived. This rings true for me and for many. Great blog.

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MILLIE5522 3/28/2013 6:45AM

    Great blog!
You are so right. I never quite realized that this was one of my motivations too until I read your blog. Guess I am still learning about myself! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 3/27/2013 9:24PM

    It never gets easy.

Oh yeah.

And like you I'm a successful maintainer because the memory of all my past failures is so powerful.

Great blog!

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-AMANDA79- 3/27/2013 8:34PM

    Great blog! I yo-yo'd for a long time, but think I've finally learned from those failures.

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TINAJANE76 3/27/2013 4:27PM

    I'm totally with you! I failed five times before I finally found success in maintenance this time around and I always have my past failures in the back of my mind when I feel as though I'm starting to slip or my motivation starts to lag. All of the other things I do definitely help, but not wanting to gain all of the weight back--again--is probably my biggest motivator!

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KANOE10 3/27/2013 11:58AM

    Great blog. I can remember all too well the sense of failure when you regain your lost weight. I do not want to return to this either.

Maintenance is hard work. Keep fighting. You are successful because you are fighting and learning from your mistakes.


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BLOOMINGLENA 3/27/2013 7:12AM

    I know how it feels to lose weight and sense the success and then gain weight again and sense FAILURE! You certainly inspire me to continue my journey no matter how many turnarounds I make because I have in mind that I want to see myself in its best and not disappoint myself again. It is hard but worth the try! Thank you, my dearest friend Elle!
Love youxxxxx

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MJREIMERS 3/26/2013 6:49PM

    emoticon I understand where you are coming from because I've been there! All I can say is you are so right! emoticon emoticon and I'm here cheering you on!!! emoticon

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THOMS1 3/26/2013 4:22PM

    emoticon I'm thinking you are right. If we hadn't learned our lessons here on spark we wouldn't keep fighting to get it right. Thanks! emoticon

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MICKEYH 3/26/2013 3:10PM

    emoticon great blog !!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/26/2013 1:12PM

    Great blog, thanks! I've had a bunch of failures and am looking to make the last one MY LAST ONE!

I'm doing better -- instead of having an "I don't give a sh*t" month, it's now a week. Or a day. Or maybe just a meal!

It's almost easier to stay on the right road even if you're just jogging in place!

Thanks for sharing your insights.

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FITFOODIE806 3/26/2013 12:33PM

    Oh Elle, you know how much I get this. "It never gets easy." Nope! But seriously, how strong are we for keep working every single week???!! It would be so easy to give up. We will move over this transition hump. I know it.
(And thanks for the little shout out! Made me smile. )

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CARLYG8 3/26/2013 11:47AM

    Great blog!!

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NEWCHINELO 3/26/2013 11:45AM

    thank you dear!

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VIXSTERLU 3/26/2013 11:29AM

    I just have to say Elle...YOU ROCK! This is a great blog and a good lessen for anyone :)

And now I am going to throw my half full cup of froo froo coffee (you know the kind that has 400 calories). You inspired me to remember that this is exactly what lead me to that place before and I don't want to go there again. Ok, maybe one more sip :)

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SUNSHINE99999 3/26/2013 11:01AM

  Very important to learn something from our mistakes indeed. emoticon

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MIDROAD 3/26/2013 10:57AM

    Great inspiring blog. It gives me hope!


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DLBROWN93 3/26/2013 10:53AM

    If we don't learn something from our mistakes, we will continue to repeat them.

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Working out at home, Part 1 - Pros and Cons

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

So, you decided to make exercise a habit. Good for you! This is one decision your body will be eternally thankful for. And since the first step is always the hardest and the path between the decision and the actual action is sometimes… never walked, forget about all the difficulties (no gym membership, no money to afford one, no friends to join you for a walk, etc. etc.) and start now! Begin working out at home. A fitness habit that comes with many advantages as well as drawbacks. Let’s look into them.

First, the good things. There are many advantages to exercising at home.

- Privacy.
You can exercise completely alone with no eyes staring at you and with no embarrassment due to size, inability to do some exercises, over-sweating, being out of breath or anything else that could make you feel bad – even though it shouldn’t but that’s another story.

- It’s free!
Yes, it is! When you hear the words “workout at home” you may picture something like this:

But the truth is that you only need something like this:

…or this:

Just a somewhat open space and your body! It’s true that a pair of dumbbells, some resistance bands or even a stationary bike or a treadmill, if you can afford them, could add variety to your workouts and make them less boring. But the reality is that in order to exercise your body, especially if you’re a beginner, all you need is your muscles, your heart, your lungs and your good will. So, no expenses here!

- It’s all-weather and all-time!
Snow, rain, hurricane, heat, darkness? They can’t ruin your exercise plans! So, you get the benefit of no such excuses!

- Family motivation!
When you choose to exercise at home you get to inspire the people you live with. You can be the positive influence to your kids, your spouse, your siblings, your parents, your roommates. And they get to inspire you back after a while. And you can all help to keep each other accountable.

- Freedom of choice!
You don’t have to follow the gym’s pre-programmed classes and schedules. You can choose what you do according to your mood. Do you feel like strength training today? Or you’d rather try some kick-boxing to release tension? Or you simply want to just dance to your favorite music and have fun? (Yes, that’s exercise, too.) You decide!

Of course, as with every comfort, you miss out on a few things that a different place for exercise has to offer. There are disadvantages in a home fitness schedule but, fortunately, they can all be dealt with successfully.

emoticon - You’re on your own.
No coach, no expert advice. This is probably the worst aspect of exercising at home, the most dangerous and the one hardest to surpass. It can lead to injuries, over-exercising or ineffective exercise, which in turn can lead to frustration, disappointment and finally quitting.
emoticon *Dealing strategy*: Educate yourself!
Read articles, watch videos, learn how to become your own coach. If you’re using videos to guide you – which is the best way if you’re new to exercising – always pay close attention to your trainer. Watch the video the first time and follow the moves the second time. Coach Nicole does a great job here. She explains everything in simple language with not many unnecessary technical terms and most of her videos are quite easy to follow even for a person who has never exercised before. Follow the instructions carefully and, above all, ALWAYS listen to your body!

emoticon - You’re on your own.
Again. In a different meaning. No gym buddies. No people to keep you accountable and stay committed together. No company to make it fun and enjoyable.
emoticon *Dealing strategy*: Recruit support!
If you’re a person who likes to work out with friends and hates loneliness, this can be a tough one. Try to motivate a friend to join you or, even better, a family member or a roommate. If that’s not possible, you can still have a workout buddy by following the same workout plan with a friend – or a Sparkfriend, or many Sparkfriends! – even if each one is exercising at their own place. You can set goals together and keep each other accountable or even compete if you enjoy some friendly competition.

emoticon - Boredom.
Doing the same things again and again in the same environment will soon become tiring. The initial enthusiasm will wear off and the tendency to skip one workout will become a desire to quit.
emoticon *Dealing strategy*: Add variety!
Sparkpeople has so many videos and workouts that you can choose from. And the internet is full of free resources on anything you would like to try. And if you’re willing to spend some money on fitness equipment or DVDs, your options are endless! Mix them up according to your mood and surprise your body every day. It will surprise you back with its hidden strength and its transforming abilities.

emoticon - Loss of motivation.
This is actually the result of the previous one but it can also happen for many other reasons besides boredom, like ineffectiveness, tiredness or very high expectations that don’t seem to be realized.
emoticon *Dealing strategy*: Keep yourself motivated by setting goals!
How many jumping jacks did you manage to do on your first day? 5? That’s great! How many would you like to be able to do in a month from now? 10? 20? Make your goal realistic and stick to it. It will give you a reason to work out for and every time you reach a goal, the reward of knowing that “you’re strong enough to do it” will be worth all the effort.

Coming up next: Working out at home, Part 2 - Do’s and Don’ts

Stay tuned!

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SIMONEKP 5/2/2013 9:16AM

    good tips

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WORKNPROGRESS49 3/26/2013 9:18AM

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MILLIE5522 3/26/2013 6:14AM

    Great blog! I have always preferred to do workouts at home however one other emoticon is that my dog gets upset when I start so I have to send him out of the room which he hates as well!!

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CANNIE50 3/25/2013 11:12PM

    I love your blogs. You put so much heart, and effort into them, and you organize them beautifully. I am like the other Sparklers who never work as hard at home as they do in a class at a gym, but I know there are plenty of people who do very well, by themselves, at home. It is such a great option, especially now that "Exercise on Demand" is so accessible, along with a jillion exercise DVD's! PS I am an "over-sweater" (love that term) and my attitude is that if people are offended by it, then they should go walk the mall for exercise, not do a boot camp! Besides, as an "over-sweater" (I am seriously stealing this term) I have the cleanest liver in town!!! emoticon

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KANOE10 3/25/2013 10:51AM

    Good advice and tips on working out at home. There are times when I prefer to stay at home rather than go to the gym.

I also agree with you about seeking new dvds or motivational tools when you get tired of exercise.


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MICKEYH 3/21/2013 2:06AM

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TRAVELGRRL 3/20/2013 4:19PM

    I admire people who can CONSISTENTLY work out at home. I can't do it. Too lazy. I'll never, EVER work out as hard on my own as I do in a class! But more power to the people who can and do!

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FITFOODIE806 3/20/2013 1:33PM

    I love your positive take on all the cons. The Y is so much a part of me and my family that I can't imagine life without a gym. But I know that it's not for everyone. We all got to make it work!

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-AMANDA79- 3/20/2013 12:20PM

    Great blog!! When my 5 am boot camp class got canceled back in January, I was really worried. But 2 months later, I'm still going strong with my 5 am workouts!

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BLOOMINGLENA 3/20/2013 10:51AM

    Your blog is so to the point! I couldn;t agree more to all the points stated and I like the *dealing strategy* parts! I am trying my friend to follow your advice so as to keep moving and be healthy.
Thank you! Looking forward to part 2!


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TINAJANE76 3/20/2013 9:46AM

    Very encouraging blog for those who might be reluctant or unable to join a gym. I especially like your tips for how you can overcome the cons of exercising at home. Thanks so much for this thoughtful blog!

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