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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.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
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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