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My chiropractor just gave me an awesome workout for ab muscles that I'd never have thought to try: she told me to set the treadmill to about a 15% incline, get on it facing "the wrong way" (ie, not towards the control panel), and start it moving at a slow speed, increasing gradually, and walk uphill BACKWARDS. This works abs and front-of-body stability muscles. It is SO FUN and really amusing to do while everyone else is using their treadmills the conventional way!
When you go to the mall for a shopping spree, spend the first 30 minutes just walking laps. Then when you begin your shopping, you will feel even better about buying new clothes, and you will probably spend less because you will be tired sooner and want to leave earlier!
When I started this journey, walking more than a couple of blocks was hard work. By keeping at it and doing just a little more each day, it got easier and the weight started coming off. Now I'm running, not just walking! Whatever form of exercise you choose to do, keep doing it and adding just a little more each day or each week; you will be amazed at the progress you make by pushing yourself to do just a little more.
On Sundays, I devote that day to prepping all of my meals for the week, such as, chopping fresh veggies and putting them in containers; seasoning meat/fish for the week and also ironing all my outfits that I plan to wear to work. I set up my daily gym routines on a weekly calendar. This way, during my hectic work week, I make NO EXCUSES to not follow through with my workout commitment.
I tuck a few plastic grocery bags in my pocket when I go for a walk. Along the way I pick up any litter I see along the road and drop it off at the trash cans at the local beach. I not only get lots of exercise, but I am enjoying nature a lot more. Bring a glove to protect your hands!
When I was in college, I went to the personal counseling office because I was feeling really overwhelmed, and my counselor told me something about procrastination that will always stick with me: "Don't wait until you "feel like" doing something, because chances are good you'll never "feel like" doing it."
I always jump into things with two feet. But going too fast has only brought me injuries. I'm learning to set more long term goals and realizing that 2 or 3 months of exercise after years of inactivity do not make me an athlete ..yet.