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A group of muscles hardly ever addressed are your hands & forearms. Strong hands help carry suitcases & boxes & also help you open those pesky jars the machines have screwed on too tight. I started using a tennis ball & squeezed it during TV time, 5 minutes for each hand. The next day I was amazed how the muscles in my hands & forearms ached, so I skipped a couple of days & did the exercise for a 2nd time. I was amazed how quick my hands and forearms grew stronger. In 6 weeks I increased the
time to 10 minutes. 4 weeks later I was doing 15 minutes & then I was doing 20 minutes. I've switched to a handball (more difficult to squeeze) & I'm up to 15 minutes. 1 benefit is now I'm able to open any jar my DW hands me & my sons are amazed how hard it is to beat a 65 y/o man arm wrestling.
I get bored easily, so doing exercise has always been difficult to maintain, but alternatively, I try to do all my exercise on one machine, like the recumbent bike or treadmill, so that I don't break my rhythm. I went out and bought a no-name brand book reader that plays video. I load up an episode or two of my favourite show, prop it up on the display of the machine, and get my TV time in at the gym instead of on the couch.
Focus on what you can add, not what you have to give up!
When you're first starting out, it's best not to focus on what you have to give up - your favorite foods, your TV time, etc. Instead, spend the first week or so adding things - more water, more sleep, more fruits & veggies. Then slowly start focusing on what you need to give up. By adding first, you won't feel as much like you're depriving yourself.
Pretty sure I got this from The Spark book, but I may have seen it somewhere else.
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