Most of us have avoided exercise for one reason or another at various times. Try to determine why you don't exercise or why you don't keep at it. Search out simple workout tips that will help you stay on track without having to spend more time, money, or effort on exercise.
Try to clearly understand the benefits of an exercise program and what you are trying to accomplish. Usually,we are more motivated to do things that we'll benefit from. The more we benefit, the more motivated we are. You will benefit tremendously from consistent exercise. For most of us, that's very motivating!
Posted by JC at 4:55 AM
I mentioned earlier that we love to train, walk, and hike on the Escarpment because of the hills, valleys, scenery, and absence of cars. (Our dog loves it, too!)
Without having to run, I am able to get a great aerobic workout which is also low impact. By altering the pace and depending on the length and gradient of the hill anyone can work at their proper level of difficulty.
Often we will see deer and wild turkeys on this route.
(Or signs that they have been around recently)
What a great way to start the day!!
Posted by JC at 1:41 PM
Today I started with my strength training program. Strength training can reverse many of the problems associated with aging. Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge explain this extremely well in their book, Younger Next Year. When I retired, a friend gave me that book and I found it to be very informative. It basically describes how you can turn back your biological clock- even into your 80’s.
After numerous upper and lower body exercises, which also included my core muscles, my husband and I drove to the Niagara Escarpment to go for a snow shoe for our aerobic workout.
Aerobic exercise is mainly about our muscles’ ability to endure, while strength training is primarily about our muscles’ ability to deliver power. Ideally we strength train 3-4 times a week and try to get in a good aerobic workout 4-5 times every week.
Our town does not have any “hills”. So we love to hike and snow shoe in and around the Bruce Trail which provides the extra benefit of hill climbing in a beautiful environment.
Again, the weather was almost perfect for our hour and a quarter hike, minus 6 degrees celsius (about 20 degrees F) and sunny with little or no wind.
Posted by JC at 3:49 AM
Finding the motivation to keep our fitness routine going can be a real challenge…but it’s well worth the effort. With proper instruction and a step-by-step approach, the majority of people can begin a fitness program. For those that have sustained an injury in the past or have medical problems that could lead to injury (i.e.: high blood pressure or diabetes), you should approach any new physical exercise program with caution. If you are not sure, please consult with your physician before starting any new program.
Your comments about why you find it so difficult to start and or maintain a fitness program would be appreciated. I will gladly try to address your concern in future posts.
Posted by JC at 3:24 AM