it seems i am the "all or nothing" type of gal. i now realize that that is not a good way to live. so i am trying to change - i used to think that in order to get fit, i had to throw myself into exercise or dieting, and because it is so hard, i would always fail at reaching my goals.
now i will try very hard to grab what i can get - hopefully i will see the results i am desperate to get.
I find the opportunities to run on bike, but, concerning the other exercises, it became more difficult to deal with. Usually, the long-time activities seem inaccessible to me, I noticed that. I use to postpone things that give me the feeling that could take a longer time (minutes, I mean). The accessibility of the workouts is an important idea that this article revealed to me. Thank you!
I totally agree. This is how I break up any training ruts i find myself in. taking small steps and getting the momentum going is key.
3/29/2011 1:03:38 PM
Thymewarrior, I am with you! I have a yoga routine and am relatively flexible despite being short and stocky, but I also have a bad knee and sciatica, so I do stretches with one foot on the edge of the kitchen counter. I also wash my hair in the kitchen sink, and when I bend to towel off my hair, I make sure to bend at the hips, 90-degree angle.
I feel bad because I can no longer walk decent distances straight; I used to walk 4 miles home from a volunteer gig 3x weekly. This article eases my guilt: if I can only walk for 10 minutes at a time, so be it; I walk as briskly as I can even using a cane. I am gong for a knee treatment today and will be restricted for 48 hours, but I can still do some of my dumbbell routines and stretch other body parts without bothering my knee so I can allow the treatment to take effect properly.
Personally, I've seen great results in inches in just 3 minutes a day. I do a wall sit for 90 seconds, and I do a plank position for 90 seconds. My muscles are stronger, and I've lost inches. The book "90 second fitness solution" by Pete Cerqua is worth looking at.
This article is a reminder to get rid of my all-or-nothing thinking. When I don't have "enough time" to do a full 30-minute workout, I tend to not do anything. It's so encouraging to know that by taking advantage of 10 minutes here and there, I can take care of my health. For example, it takes me just 10 minutes to walk to work. :-)
Great article - but just one small criticism - I'm not keen on the idea of a power walk after dinner. Best to to the power walk before dinner, and thoroughly digest after dinner sitting still.
If you power walk on a full stomach, you won't digest properly, as your blood is diverted from your stomach (where it's needed for digestion) to your legs for walking.
6/4/2010 12:34:28 PM
I started an in-home walking DVD program doing 1 mile in 15 minutes. I wasn't very consistent. Now I do the "walking moves" as I watch my favorite TV show instead of sitting on the sofa. I usually end up walking longer than 10-15 minutes, just because I'm interested in my show. I'm 70 so my pounds are coming off slowly, but I'm determined to keep it up for my health and appearance.
6/1/2010 11:00:43 AM
I will take what I can get! Work and home stress are motivational murderers! And I am ready to strike back! I have to do it for me! Thanks for this little bit of confidence!! Srm
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