Honestly, you all know that I actually love exercise for all its many benefits, but it hurts when I haven’t been doing it regularly and, like everybody else on the planet, the longer I put it off, the less I want to get back up and start doing it again. When I get out of the habit I find that I don’t much like getting back into the habit again. I have to force myself to get up and do what I know is best for me. And I know that exercise is what is best for almost all of us.
Exercise is our single-most reliable weapon against bad aging. We’re all going to age, people. Aging is inevitable. But we aren’t all going to age well. Aging well isn’t just a question of acceptance or grace, aging well is the difference between living a long, productive life and ending up suffering from pain and illness in your final years. Trust me, given the choice, you want to age well.
While we don’t have control over our genetics, we darn well do have control over the foods we eat and the activities we choose. This NY Times article by Gretchen Reynolds, published back in March of this year, shows just how powerful exercise can be in our efforts to age well even when our genetics are stacked against us.
Anyone who has read my article, The Six Steps to Getting Up Off Your Lazy Butt, knows that there is really only one step: Get Up Off Your Lazy Butt. I preach to myself as well as you. I’m just as lazy as anybody else, and I have to find new ways to motivate myself to exercise every. single. day.
I’ve found that the more time I’ve spent writing here on my blog the less energy I’ve had for exercise. My Blogger-Within is pretty much a lazy slob who likes to eat chocolate and cheese all day while happily tippy-tappying away here on my laptop. I can almost feel my butt falling to my knees with every post I write.
So I’ve had to start trying to psych myself back up and find ways to re-motivate myself all over again.
DVD workouts and a treadmill work best for me since my work schedule makes getting to the gym inconvenient, and I can’t be too far from a phone or a car when I have to be oncall. To keep from getting bored, I like to have several DVDs to choose from since exercise boredom usually leads to exercise attrition.
Yesterday I managed 2.5 miles on the treadmill and a 30 minute Core workout with Jillian Michaels 6-Pack Abs. (I was going to put a convenient widget in this blog post, but Amazon won’t allow it since I live in California. Thanks Gov.)
Since the number one thing I don’t want again is another injury, I know I’m going to be very careful and modify any exercises so that I don’t re-injury my knee. I substitute some of my physical therapy exercises instead of doing the ones that I know will likely lead to re-injury.
I really like this Six-Pack workout a lot. It moves quickly and feels very comprehensive.
I really like Shred-It With Weghts. I don’t own a kettlebell and you don’t need one with this workout. She shows you how to substitute a regular hand-weight.
I really like her encouraging five minute cool down segment.
I am a big fan of 10 Minute Solution series. These workouts, arranged in 10-minute increments, are very adaptable and you can dial in a work-out to fit your schedule.
So how about you? What are you going to do today? Have any good DVD recommendations or ideas on how to stay motivated? I can use all the help I can get.