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Exercise Binder--- doesn't work unless it gets taken off the shelf regularly!

Thursday, March 25, 2021

I'm a great organizer, if I do say so myself. Organizing something... anything... is one of my strengths, which is what makes it so difficult for me to live with a collector/hoarder.

HOWEVER... following through is one of my weaknesses. Take the Exercise Binder (yes, it deserves capital letters) as a case in point:

- I buy magazines like Prevention, cut out the exercises I decide I should be doing
- I trim them neatly
- I get a 3-ring binder from Peter (as a former teacher, he has lots of supplies)
- I make a set of dividers... arms, legs, abs, resistance band, weights, yoga
- I punch all of the clippings and put them in the appropriate section of the Exercise Binder
- I put it neatly (in alphabetical order) on the shelf


Sometimes for months. Yesterday, as part of my "40 Bags in 40 Days" project, I got out he Exercise Binder because I had more clippings to add. I decided to go through what was already in there, and guess what... there were many duplicates, triplicates and even quadruplicates. Spent more time culling and making decisions... if the weight exercises were specifically for arms, should they be filed under "arms" or "weights"? Since most sheets were from magazines and the exercises were printed on both sides, there were very few sheets with only "arms" so they all stayed in "weights".

Having done that, I found some new online references, under "Province of Ontario" for specific exercises for seniors 70+, and printed them off including a 16-page "Participaction" booklet which included a 12-week walking programme. Walking and swimming are my favourite exercises, so I plan to set myself up a chart and record the days I walk, # of steps, distance travelled and time.

And the good news is that the Exercise Binder is not going back on the shelf! The winter is over, things are opening up again as more people are getting at least their first Covid-19 vaccine shots, and it's time to get rid of some of this belly fat.

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    Lol, you could use that binder like a barbell. Sounds like it is full of good weighty ideas!
    47 days ago
    I love that idea! ANd you are right, unless it is in use, it is useless! emoticon
    47 days ago
    Your exercise binder sounds awesome! emoticon
    47 days ago
    I am so glad to read that I am not the only one who puts all of the effort into gathering the exercises and other health information, putting it in binders (I was a teacher too), and then putting it on the shelf. I was so desperate to give myself SOME credit, I tried to figure out how many calories were burned in the gathering process, the organizing, and the shelving.

    I have decided to stick to the exercises that are SAFE for my heart and spine, and which I actually enjoy doing, because there is a much better chance of me carrying through with them.

    Good Luck to both of us.................
    48 days ago
    Good for you for your organization skills, Gail. And for your commitment to exercise. I was interested to read the comments suggesting Pinterest, but not sure if I need more time on the computer!
    48 days ago
    I thought perhaps you had been in my house. I have many binders with various topics. Exercise is one of them. I will follow your example and pare down. emoticon
    48 days ago
    I was laughing at this!
    48 days ago
    Wow---This is so impressive---and we have something in common. I am also an organizer ... and love having things in their place; never wondering where such and such is. Clutter is mind boggling and can't begin to overlook .... even if I have not felt well, the dishes must be done, bed made and so forth. It just works and makes for a peaceful existence. I can really appreciate your sense of order and doing what you do with your magazine and binder. Great job!
    48 days ago
    We are so alike it's freaky. I did the same thing, exercise collections added a binder on health recipes (long since learned by heart and no longer needed).
    So much effort, we're like Monika in Friends LOL

    48 days ago
  • MEADSBAY glad Lori explained how she uses Pinterest...I tried it years ago and thought it was a waste of time...maybe I’ll give it another go.
    My GD Lucy uses it!

    Sorry, I had to laugh at all the time and effort that went into your Exercise Binder...if you had spent all that time exercising...
    Hahaha...I do the same thing, but without the binder.
    I’m a great planner/organizer but also fall down in the implementation phase of things.

    Glad you have decided to get busy using some of those great organized ideas!
    48 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/25/2021 12:27:55 PM

    Sounds like you have excellent plans to put the "Exercise Binder" contents to work ! !

    48 days ago
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    48 days ago
  • LORI-K
    Gail, I love your organizational skills! I understand the “not following through” dilemma. Always such good intentions.
    Do you have Pinterest? I know that the act of reading and clipping articles and adding them to the binder is all part of your processes. But you may want to consider “online organization”. You may already have Pinterest, but if not, I’ll try to explain. It is a site/app where you can create your own boards, where you can add online articles and sites you want to save.
    I have over 2,000 pins on my fitness board, and I can easily find what I am looking for by doing a search. I’m sad that physical, paper cookbooks are going by the wayside, but Pinterest is where I keep all of my recipes.
    I have many boards; recipes, fitness, home ideas, outdoor living, gardening, travel. The list goes on and on.
    Everything at the touch of your finger on your phone or computer. I love it. It has helped me free myself of (some) physical clutter.
    It’s just an idea I thought I’d share.
    Good luck with whatever you decide!
    48 days ago
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