Alright guys lets talk about fitness. I feel like exercising is like the diet thing, everyone wants it to be easy and painless, but I’ll be honest with you, it’s not. A lot of people hate it, and I completely understand why because I used to be one of them.
I hated having to find the time in my day to get myself to the gym. It was such an ordeal to change, stretch, exercise, stretch, change, etc. I hated feeling like I had to look cute at the gym (girls will understand this one!) I hated feeling dumb trying to figure out how to use weight machines. The list goes on. I really didn’t like it.
Yet, I would force myself to go because I knew it was good for me. I would get into a cycle where I’d either be really good at going everyday, or I’d be really really bad.
Sometimes I’d branch out, trying exercise classes like cycling and water aerobics, all were much more fun than the gym. But I was still hung up on the time commitment.
When I’m gone all day for school and work I just want to go home at the end of the day. It doesn't help that the sun goes down at 5pm. I want to go home and get in my pjs!
So that has been my life.
I was telling my husband how I’ve been really bad about making it to the gym this semester with my busy schedule. I just couldn’t find the time, or the desire to make time. He was in the exact same situation.
We brainstormed to figure out a better solution to our problem. And after doing our homework we decided we needed a home gym.
And holy cow, it has been the best decision ever.
I actually look forward to coming home and getting on my little exercise bike. I throw on my sweats, turn on my netflix and bike my heart out. I bike while my husband lifts, then we switch. All while enjoying an episode of our favorite show.
It seriously has made such a huge difference. It’s a win-win for us, we spend time together, watch an episode on netflix and challenge each other to see who can bike the furthest distance.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not telling you to go and build a home gym. The point I’m trying to get across is that it’s important to find a way to exercise that works best for you.
I hated going to the gym, so the solution for me was to bring it home. But not only did I bring it home, I had to find something that I enjoyed to do at home. I love to bike so getting a cheap fold up exercise bike for our tiny apartment was my fix.
But like I said before, it took some time to figure out what worked for me and what got me excited to exercise.
Maybe it’s a pilates or Zumba class with your girlfriends, or running with your spouse. Whatever it is, find a way to incorporate it into your routine. Find a way to get excited about it. I promise it will be worth it!
And if you are wanting some guidance, like how much exercise you need each week or where to begin, we’ve got lots of information HERE on our website for you.
That’s the end of my exercise spiel for today. Let me know what unique way you find to fit your exercise in!
Everyone, and I mean everyone has a hard time being healthy during this time of year, there’s no way around that. We are surrounded by good food everywhere!
I’m not going to lecture you on how to say no to every cookie you come in contact with, that would be cruel. I don’t want you to cut out sweets or any other food that tempts you this season. I say yes to the food! But unfortunately we don’t live in a perfect world where we can eat everything and anything in sight without experiencing some sort of consequence. Ergo, a plan of action is in order.
I was talking to my mom earlier this week and she was telling me how the holidays are the worst time for her health, she works all year to lose weight and then come December she gains it all back. This can be really frustrating, especially since it comes only once a year so you don’t want to miss out on any goodies. However I, like my mom, hate feeling guilty and groggy all season long. Most of the time that 5th cookie isn't worth it and when I’m not exercising, my body is tired and sluggish.
This got me thinking that this year I want to be better.
No diets, nothing that will ruin the joys of the holiday season, but I want to create goals for myself so that I don’t have the “I ate too much” stomach ache all season long. I’m going to make 3 simple goals to keep me on track during this busy time of year. I challenge you to do the same! Whether it’s finding time to exercise for 30 minutes each day before chowing down, limiting yourself to trying just 1 of every cookie rather than 5, or simply maintaining your current weight through the holidays.
You decide what’s best for you!
Here are my holiday goals:
About the Author
LifestyleHealth12 was developed by Rich Millar (MPH, CPT) who received his Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics and his Master’s Degree in Public Health and has over 15 years of experience in nutrition consulting, personal training, health coaching, employee wellness, and Health Care Administration.