Friday, December 3, 2010

Switch it up

I've been exercising 6 days a week for almost four years now.  I'm committed I'd guess you would say.  I have to do this for me and if I don't I am afraid that I will just slack back to not doing anything.  I have come too far to go back to my old ways of eating whatever I wanted and sitting on the couch.  Do I love to exercise you ask?  Well, no I don't.  Most mornings I get up, have my coffee and wish I didn't have to do it.  But, I do it.  For me exercise DVDs are what work.  I have a set period of time, a certain type of workout and someone telling me what to do and for how long to do it.  It just works for me.  So day in and day out I pop in one of my 20 DVDs and work out.  I do pick out different ones so I am not working out the same muscles every day.  Some days I do more cardio, some days strength, some days yoga.  But, it usually is always a DVD.  So, today my wonderful husband said, "Come on and work on the weights".  My first reaction was yuck... the basement, the weight bench gross.  I hate going down to the basement.  It is cold, damp and on the dark side.  But as I looked at my DVD collection and realized I was bored with them, I agreed to go give it a try. 

So, I went to the dungeon and he had me all set up to do some sets of heavier weights, abs, chest presses, clean and jerks, weighted squats etc.  He actually was quite a good trainer pushing me to do more than I thought I could.  I was actually enjoying it a bit.  Then for part 2 he had me boxing with the punching bag and then with sparring gloves... Well that was it.  I LOVED IT.  I think I was made to punch people.  Just kidding but really I loved doing it and before you know it I put in 40 minutes of strength and cardio and really enjoyed it and it was something different. 

The key is to switch things up so you don't get bored.  I was doing different DVDs but it was still the same type of thing.  This was something new and something I really enjoyed and hope to incorporate into my workout schedule. 

So today's tip:  Tip #1 is get moving... do something...exercise.  Tip #2 if you already are exercising, mix it up a bit.  If you jog, try tennis.  If you walk, try jogging intervals.  If you do the elliptical try going for a bike ride.  Do anything to mix it up so you don't get bored and you will see changes in your body also.



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