Secrets of Success
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When your body can't trust you to keep the water coming, it stores extra in the hips and ankle areas. Once you start drinking water regularly, the extra stores will flush out of the body, with the extra weight of it along.
Tighten your Abs while you walk and you will be building core strength. Physical therapist had me do this after I had fusion surgery. You can really feel the strengthening. Just tighten or suck in your belly focusing on the area near your navel while you walk. Works for me!
A few weeks ago I saw Matt and Suzi Hoover from "The Biggest Loser' speak in my hometown at a wellness expo. They were extremely inspiring by saying you never end a workout saying "I wish I wouldn't have done that.". A classmate of mine who is now a chiropractor also talked about a quote I now have written on my mirror: "A goal without actions is only a wish." The last two weeks I have gotten up 4 days at 5:00 to workout!!! I haven't felt better!!!!
When something gets tough - new incline on the treadmill, yet another fast song in Zumba class - SMILE! If you remember to smile while you exercise it can make what you're doing seem so much easier. You'll be surprised by what you can accomplish when you're having fun!
Well, I hope I have your attention now! My favorite activity is walking in the water as if I was trying to run or ride a bicycle. I have bought a couple of water noodles and I sit on one just like on a bike and peddle around in circles or back and forth. It really works your legs and arms as you stear yourself around the pool. The water provides quite the resistance and even though you might not feel too tired in the water, when you get out of the water, you can tell the difference!
I was absolutely intimidated to go to the gym, fearing that it was full of jocks who would just laugh at an old woman. I waited until I lost the weight and did four months of SparkPeople strength training before I got the nerve to join. I should have joined earlier! I found that people are focused on their own efforts, that there are other people like me, and the only people who don't fit in are those who are rude!