Workin’ Out Wednesday.

14 Apr

OK, I’m sure hubby is going to be pissed at me for letting you in on this little secret…he’s my inspiration for today’s post.

It’s no big secret that exercise is essential to a healthy life. It’s also no big secret that it’s a lot of damn work to exercise; it takes time, patience, and persistence. Who knew that how you start your exercise routine will set the tone for your success or failure? ME! OK, I didn’t always know that, but I do now and I guess that’s what really matters.

Hubby and I are always complaining to each other that we need to start working out (again), and get back on track. Being that I’m the one doing the vacuuming, laundry and chasing down the two boys all day, I’m not too concerned about my most resent lapse in exercise.

April 1st, Bill decided that he was going to start doing the P90X workout. Come on, you’ve all seen the infomercials. He got copies of the workouts and went to town. As usual, I was skeptical from the word go. My recommendation was to work into it, start out slow doing a little at a time. He did his own thing anyway, and went ball to the wall. I gave him 2 weeks before he’d be done with it. It took him all of about 3 days and P90X was sitting inactive on his MacBook.

So often when we decide to start an exercise program, we go all out when we get started, only to fizzle out quickly. If it’s not boredom that slows us down, it’s injury since we didn’t let our bodies get used to our new routine. Sometimes it’s the time commitment that stops us from succeeding. All of a sudden losing an hour of your day to go at the gym could be a recipe for disaster.

Any exercise is better than nothing, even 5 or 10 minutes. Start out slow, get used to moving your body. Get used to making the time commitment, increasing the time as you go. Don’t put your body into exercise shock; “What the hell do you think you’re doing to me? I haven’t moved in WAY too long, and now you want me to do what?”

I’m not just making this stuff up, it’s a proven fact that if you gradually work in to working out you have a much higher chance of success. Oh, and let’s not forget the much lower risk of injury.

OK, here’s the hard part, for me anyway. It’s time to take my own advice, and start exercising again. What do you think? Will I do it? I have all the equipment, including the gym membership (that I haven’t used, but have been paying for for months). Will I carve out the time in my day?

How do you get yourself motivated enough to start exercising?

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