Keep Moving!!

Yeah, keep moving. It sounds so simple, doesn’t it. Sometimes various items of the body just don’t work, you get sick, you are busy…blah, blah, blah Sooo, let’s get real, here. What’s really holding you back from exercising, even a little? I’ve had clients in boots, neck braces, slings, with MS, Parkinson’s, two broken hips (same one twice), screwed up discs, and on and on.

The fact is that it doesn’t take a lot to start. If you talk with someone who is in the fitness industry and they say you need to lift heavy, run, get your heart rate up, or other such things, I’m telling you right now, just walk away. Do you need to do all these things? Well, yeah, eventually, but you don’t start there. You start first by finding out if you have overactive or underactive muscles. Then you find out what your balance and core strength are like. That’s what you start with. If you can’t stand on one foot while lifting your arms up in a V, then you have some basic work to do. *This* is moving, folks. Shoot, I’ve had more than a few clients that I had sitting down, then standing up, having them pay attention to basic muscles they should be using. It wore them out…and it will if you’re not used to it

That said, if you’re used to doing more advanced work, then do it…sensibly. Don’t go great guns when you haven’t been doing it for a while. That’s setting yourself up for failure. Your brain doesn’t comprehend that you’re out of condition and need to get back up to speed. Take it easy, avoid injury and frustration, and you’ll get back before you know it.

My point is that you’re trying to set up habits of moving just like you eat, drink, sleep and other potentially healthy habits to keep you going for a while. If you’re changing your diet, I usually don’t recommend making drastic changes at first, but cutting out the nasty habits first. The same with exercise. First determine your goals, how bad you want them, why you want them, then start working on a plan on how to get there. If you need help, give me a shout!

In the meantime, read back on my previous blog posts. They’re old and I have been bad about keeping them current, but they all have good information.

See you again soon.

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I am the WORST at excuses

I have just gone through a period of neglecting a most important tool and outlet…this blog. Why? There are always excuses: I’m busy with business research, I have clients to take care of, I have a husband that needs to know I recognize him, training to do, blah, blah, blah. Yep, all excuses.

Do you want to hear the worst part of it? There’s always more research to do, clients received the BEST attention, my husband is still with me and still knows I know him, and training continues. What it boils down to is that I simply didn’t take the time to do it. And I DID have the time.

Do you do this? Yeah, most of us do. It’s okay. We can get over it.

It’s the same way with exercising or paying attention to our nutrition. You can take it up again. You don’t get penalty points, so you’ve lost nothing. Guilt is completely pointless. Simply start…or pick it up again.

Exercise is easy. You don’t need special shoes, clothes, or gear. All you have to do is move. Now, if you want to pick up the pace, you probably want to be comfortable in your clothes, but you can exercise in your living room with items from your pantry (not opened) or other items around the house. And you really don’t need items, you can use your own body! You can even clean house and exercise at the same time. Ever watch Mrs. Doubtfire? Now THAT was fun. Put on some Aerosmith, jam, and clean to Dude Looks Like a Lady, and you’ve done a workout!!

Nutrition is the same. I don’t care what anyone says, nutrition is a learned behavior. If you want to change to good nutrition, you have to unlearn some habits. That takes a little time and strategy, so don’t try to do too much too soon. Start by cutting out sugar or sodas or processed foods…one or two things at a time. Whatever you can handle. Pay attention to how you feel. After you have that conquered, move on to the next item. You can experiment with replacing bad stuff with good. You don’t have a time limit. Your biggest concern is to make an effective change a little at a time.

You’re going to make all this a long-term change, so you have to change your outlook. Start. Negativity doesn’t belong in any shape, form, or fashion.

So, I’m starting new habits here. I’m going to have a new blog each week on Mondays. They’ll be fun and informative. You can make whatever changes you need and, if you need help, give me a shout.

I’m also going to do that research, pay careful attention to my husband, continue to take care of my clients, and get serious about my 1/2 Ironman training.