Monday, October 26, 2009

A Very Obligatory Privacy Policy

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Exercise Routines

exercise routines, gym workouts, cardio gym, boot camp fitnessWith the busy moments of day-to-day life, it can be such a difficult task to set aside any time to establish some normal exercise routines that are easy to stick to. I can not speak for everyone, but I myself had thought quite often about how nearly impossible it was to maintain some form of fitness with my busy schedule. Is this the case for you? Let me guess how your day goes: From the moment you wake up, you are immediately swept into the entire day of other activities—you brush your teeth, take a shower, eat (or SKIP) breakfast, speed off to work, grumble away the daily grind, snack on whatever junk food is available because it is quickly available, and before you know it you will have returned from work pooped and drained. All you want to do is veg out and hit the hay, right?

But, a part of you feels that you could use some more energy in your life. While there simply is “not enough time” to stop by the gym to do some cardio and machine exercise routines, there somehow has been plenty of time for those love handles (also known as “ab flab”) to blossom. Well, if you do not stop to smell these wilting roses, you will be continuing to perpetuate the downward spiral of feeling tired and lethargic, and you will be that much less likely to want to exercise at all. These are routines that you want to snap out of, but you are not sure how or where to start.

Here is a scenario I am sure many of you are going through: the commute home.Not only is it already frustrating to deal with traffic on the way home—whether it is in a car or in a train—it is also mentally draining to even think of anything else but wishing to be home to a fully-cooked meal. And if you are like me, you may have tried a crash diet (or two) that somehow claimed that you would lose ten pounds in two weeks without much exercise. In addition, you probably have ended up in a “yo-yo diet” rollercoaster. Better yet, maybe you just don’t eat much because you do not feel you have the time for it (i.e. us moms with the kids!). Whether you did or not, you probably thought of how you could magically lose weight or gain energy without any gym workouts. Wouldn’t that be an ideal world!

And with the current recession beginning to plateau (or at least that is what we are told), we still have a long way to go before we can stop worrying as much about expenses. Now is not so much a feasible time to be forking over big down payments for the gym. To be honest, it always felt like I was signing up at a car dealership when I would really be sitting at a gym office, and I am in no way in a mindset to buy a car, either! At this moment, there are many of my dear friends who became unemployed--who found themselves despondent in the midst of all this abrupt abundance of free time, and there are many other friends who have jobs but are equally unhappy but about other aspects of their circumstances. It just seems like there will be at least one thing that is causing some form of negative energy. And, you know that could be the reason why you are physically feeling ill (like those headaches and bad stomach ache that somehow appear after a week of stress).

But, I will get off my soapbox now--because, regardless of what type of employment/life situation you are in, there is an opportunity create something for yourself in any area of your life (in this case, fitness). You do not want to use the economy or your busy schedule as reasons not to engage in exercise routines whatsoever. Feeling like a victim to the circumstances would have you cheating yourself out of your human potential!

Why am I making such a big deal out of this? It is because I spent so many years trying to go exercise at the gym, do machine workouts, attending those cramped and smelly studio classes...all the while trying as often as possible for the first four weeks knowing how much I paid up front for the gym membership! I deemed this cycle the 4-week bootcamp fitness failure. Once I got sick of the dirty machines, the dirty studio floors, and the murky gym locker rooms, I would develop an exercise phobia only to become stuck in a depressed routine. It did not matter how much I paid to use the gym, and I did not feel positive about having the capacity to achieve anything consistently rewarding in my life. I would never see any results and I would always feel stuck.I have also seen the demands of every other aspect of my life somehow taking precedence, and I felt that I was sure to fail.

That is, until I decided to take a stand and create a positive context as well as a simple solution to establishing an exercise routine without having to repeat the same mistakes at the gym. Well, the answer had been under my nose all along. What better place to do my cardio and weight gym exercises than in the comfort of my own home? It just made perfect sense to me. Along with the routines of waking up, showering, eating (NOT SKIPPING) breakfast, working, and coming home, I could add the routine of doing exercise in my own home gym! No longer would I have to wait to drive home in my own sweat from doing so much cardio exercise at the gym--I could now simply walk from the living room to the bathroom to take a quick and rewarding shower. If I needed to drink some water during my home gym workout break, I could simply walk to the kitchen to refill up on my purified water (whew!).

I found an immense benefit in being able to have an entire floor space to myself. I never had to worry about bumping into the crowded studio classmates. I also could go at my own pace--after all, most of these exercise routines involved using DVDs, so I could hit pause if I needed to adjust my shoelaces or if I needed to use the bathroom. In terms of weightlifting gym workouts, I was able to achieve just about the same type of exercise at home. There are many types of weights and weight-resistance bands available for purchase. There are even pull-up/chin-up bars available (assembly might be required).

Of course, the caveat to a home gym is that you could just as easily be lazy and go to sleep! But, like I have stated, this is an opportunity to create an empowering context so you can achieve your fitness in the comfort of your own home. And, I am here to share my experiences and lessons from these home exercise routines so you can decide for yourself how feasible this really is for you to try at home.

Try to think of this as a treat to yourself to get a hot shower and a good night's rest after such a strength-building exercise! This is one of several routines you can practice until you can shift your mentality to a positive one, especially when you start seeing results inside and out!

So, again, welcome to my website. I hope my reviews and experiences will encourage and inspire you to making fitness a much more attainable goal knowing that someone has gone through (and is going through) this with you!