Tuesday, February 01, 2011


Since joining SP I have started to exercise...before August 2010, I didn't walk to the end of my driveway except on garbage day...! Needless to say I was out of breath, out of sorts and out of shape.

My first attempt at calisthenics had me collapsed on the floor after trying to lift my legs OR raise my butt ! And it had taken lowering myself using the bedpost to get me down there in the first place. VERY small increases as the weeks progressed led me to first bike-riding and then to Aquafit...both on the advice of fellow sparkers! Bless you!! Today I did my first Zumba class ...after 35 minutes on the bike...and my strength training...!!

I have noticed something though, that is disquieting. I am NOT TOTALLY INTO EXERCISING!! The usual response I am told, to exercising daily, is that it is missed when a day goes by without exercise! Nope! I travel to my parents frequently and on those days there is no time for my daily routine. The next day I have to fight to get back on the bike and to do my work-out, and this week since I had a cold I slacked off for three days in a row...!! Thank goodness the 8 week challenge came around and "forced" me back to the gym...had to renew my membership too!
Second, I have no such need for a push when it comes to Aquafit...Monday mornings are exciting and I'm rarin' to go. It is the day that the "best" instructor runs the class, and that class is at 9:00AM sharp! The others have been rescheduled for 10:15 mid morning.
So what is the point of this blog?? Well, on assessing my responses to exercising and fitness in general, I have come to the conclusion that despite several MONTHS of regular exercise IT IS NOT A HABIT YET...30 years without any attempt at including physical activity will definitely require a longer time committment before exercise becomes an ingrained part of my day.
"Well", I hear you say, "Who has really left physical activity out of their day for that long??!! and Why??!! would they do that!!? Most unusual!!?" In fact several of my acquaintances and friends and family fall into this description. Asthma/Arthritis or other movement inhibiting health condition, age/injury or fear, or length of work-day/week and ease of car transport, or a variety of stressors and committments mean that there is little to motivate a more active/fit life-style. We all have experienced that as fitness decreases it becomes harder and harder to START! Weight comes on pound by pound over time, and "suddenly" 10 years or 30 years later, the truth can't be avoided... Activity is zero, and one's health is in jeopardy.

So, taking the above into consideration...HERE is my GOAL ...right off of SP to be sure,

1. Exercising early in the morning "jump starts" my metabolism, keeping it elevated for hours, sometimes for up to 24 hours! As a result, I'll be burning more calories all day long--just because I exercised in the morning.

2. Exercising in the morning energizes me for the day--not to mention that gratifying feeling of virtue I have knowing I've done something disciplined and good for me.

3. Studies have shown that exercise significantly increases mental acuity--a benefit that lasts four to ten hours after my workout ends. Exercising in the a.m. means I get to harness that brainpower, instead of wasting it snoozing.

4. If I make exercise a true priority, it won't be a major problem to get up 30 to 60 minutes earlier--especially since regular exercise generally means a higher quality of sleep, which in turn means I probably require less sleep. ..and I can ease into it with 10 to 20 minutes at first.

5. When I exercise at about the same time every morning, I'm regulating my body's endocrine system and circadian rhythms. My body learns that I do the same thing just about every day, and it begins to prepare for waking and exercise several hours before I actually open my eyes.

So that's it!! A minimum of 30 minutes "action" EVERY DAY!
...and then lets see when that fitness bug bites me good and proper!...I DO NOT WANT TO EVER BE OBESE AGAIN! LOOK LIKE I DID THEN! FEEL LIKE I DID THEN!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    I agree that exercise isn't always fun. I'm so proud that you really enjoy Aquafit. It is great that you have found the activity that you can do and enjoy. Now it is time to find some other activities that you enjoy and can do. It will take some trial and error and not every day will be fun, but the more you enjoy your activities, the more likely you are to do them.

    Promise yourself at least ten minutes every day. You can get there.

    I'm proud of you. You have done some great things the past few months. Keep moving forward.
    3346 days ago
    emoticon GREAT blog!!
    I am the same way..I have been exercising for years..BUT if I slack off..And have an off day,or something stops me from exercising..It is SO HARD to get back to it!!
    Your gonna PUSH through these 8 weeks with POWER!! emoticon
    God Bless~Christina
    3346 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/1/2011 10:31:39 PM
    great going well done on getting your exercise, im about to have surgery on my leg so soon it will be hard to get enough exercise to get my heart rate up but i will keep sparking and trying .Good luck with your plan , i love zumba too it always puts me in a good mood
    3346 days ago
    When I first started Spark I was like you - the idea of walking across the street to my mailbox was "well, there probably isn't anything important there anyway - I'll get it tomorrow" Then I started walking & really enjoyed it. I started in May and the weather was great. As it got warmer/hotter I had to walk later in the evening but I tried to do it every other day at least. THEN - the time change & the cold weather & it was really easy to make excuses. This winter has been more about maintaining the weight loss until the weather warms up and then getting back with it. Obviously I'm not at the point of "missing exercise" when I don't do it. I do miss feeling better after I get that walk in so I'll be anxiously waiting for good weather like we had in NC last weekend so I can get back on track. Good for you for realizing the importance of exercise & setting those goals. Thanks for getting me thinking about this.
    3346 days ago
    I have a hard time making exercise a habit too. I do it most days but, can't really say I miss it on the days I don't. I do feel better after I do, so I just keep doing it. Good luck to you on your goal!
    3346 days ago
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