On the positive side, the endorphins and confidence (mental and emotional especially) that I get from exercise make it so much easier.
In my experience, separating an exercise lifestyle from a weightloss lifestyle is key. I think that's the important point here. Exercise is forever, regardless of what else is going on. You're correct that it too often falls by the wayside if it is only about weightloss.
I really just have concerns about strength training... I've got some arthritis type issues, and I am a tiny bit limited by it. I discovered Nicole's series and have found some moves that work for me...but I've also noticed when I have to stop on the dot with other exercise moves. I want to build and tone my body, but I'm only just learning to accommodate a cardio routine ... I better give it some time, I suppose it all works out in the end if I stay focused.
I agree with these for sure! I had come to a stale-mate in my weight loss, once I started changing up my routine the weight came off again. I love variety so knowing that routine is not necessarily good helps me know I am doing something right. :P
I have only truly lost weight when I was regularly exercising. Regular exercise keeps you focused too on making better food choices. When I quit exercising it all went downhill and I QUICKLY gained weight back.
Now I work full time. I really hate spending time JUST exercising because I have so many other things to do. What's working well right now for me is MULTI tasking. I don't really watch TV so exercising while doing that doesn't work too well. But I am combining exercising with my socializing time by walking or working out with friends and family.
I do love me some tough love. Those statements are absolutely spot on. I do need to be reminded that as my stamina increases, I need to train harder. The "two-day rule" for proper sweat-inducing exercise along with lots of random acts of fitness/activity is what I'm doing.
7/18/2012 12:57:00 PM
thanx coach nicole for this
7/17/2012 9:16:07 PM
Very interesting article and a great wake call for me!
This article coupled with the LIVE meeting was such a blessing to me. It let me know that I have been sabatoging my own efforts by not working hard enough, by taking it easy and still feeling like I "exercised". Now it's time to get to work and I won't feel bad because it's hard, It's supposed to be and I'm okay with that!!!
Excellent and truthful. People who are capable of being active need to pay heed and step up to the plate. And those of us who have physical limitations of the extreme level need it as a reminder to push as hard as we CAN... to be sure we don't give in to exuses! Now THAT is one tricky line.
the only one that i never thought about before was the sedentary lifestyle hindering you even if you are getting in exercise. I don't know what to do because for my job I have to sit A LOT and we don't have stairs and I don't have a chance to get in much walking around or standing. What can I do to change this? I don't want my goals to suffer because of my job : /
this was a very beneficial article to read. Not that you want to hear the hard truth- but you need to hear it so you can decide on what to make count! Thanks
6/19/2012 1:20:19 AM
To LEEVER- I am a 62 y/o RN who's spent 37 yrs lifting patients, and abusing my back by carrying buckets of rocks out of my garden; lots of things that I shouldn't have done & I too have chronic low back pain & right-sided sciatic pain. I'm only 5 ft tall & by last year had let myself get overweight (up to a high of 138 lbs) & very out of shape,deconditioned. This past Nov I decided to change. I began dieting, actually just eating more healthfully, and began increasing my activity, then exercising. I also force myself to stretch even if it hurts. I now weigh about 104-107 & am much more fit. The end result as regards my pain...I don't have much back pain any more. Yes, perhaps it is discouraging to hear that you can never "rest on your laurels", but unfortunately that's the truth. I find that when I get lazy & don't exercise; I start to have pain again.
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