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Weighing down the pounds part 1 April 12, 2011

So as to my post on April 11th titled: The sides to excercise and laziness  . This is a 2nd post about excercising. Today was my third day excercising, and I explained in my last post about the three levels of excercise. Three easy ways to evaluate your level of excercise possible is to ask yourself this question.

1.) How long has it been since you excercised regularly?

A couple weeks: means your a potential extreme excerciser

A couple months- to a year: Start with a moderate excercise

Years, or possibly never: Begin with a low level of excercise.

So for myself, I consider myself a moderate excerciser, even though when I was younger I did excercise 20 hours in a gym a week. But that was years ago, and I am not in that type of shape any longer.

Today I will post about low levels of excercise, as that is where most people should start to be safe. The next two days will be about moderate and extreme. Now NOTE: I am not a gym trainer, I did coach gymnastics and I understand the aspects of excercise, but remember this is for informational use, and however you use it, is up to you!

So to begin with something simple,

1.) Wear comfortable clothes, have enough room to move around, and be around someone you feel comfortable with, or be around no one at all.

2.) Stretch always before excercising. Even if you cannot stretch that far (touching your toes or stretching your back)  practice does make your muscles slowly stretch, if you do it every day, your muscles will eventually start at the farthest you stretch them every time. It is possible, even if you think its not. Believe in yourself. Weither you are just trying to stay in shape or trying to lose weight, this is important. Breathe slowly and deeply when stretching, it relaxes your muscles to let them go farther. Hold every stretch for 30 seconds, and DO NOT do them fast, you could pull a muscle that way. But do push yourself past your limits slowly , and you will feel more bendy in no time!

3.)Start with something easy like low levels of yoga or pilates. Even if you feel stupid or not able, don’t give up, every one has a hard time in the beginning. Believe in yourself. If it is tough for you, start with only 10-15 mintues of it. Maybe only stretch, but as each day goes on you will find it easier to do these excercises in no time.

4.) Start with 20 crunches, and 5 push-ups.  Other people are stronger then others, so adjust the numbers as you need, Set a goal each day increasing the numbers as the days go on. Today my number of crunches was 50 and tomorrow I plan for 60. It definently should be an everyday part of your routine, and it only takes like 2 mintues to finish. 

5.) Take a walk. Maybe for 5 mintues, or 10. You should feel your legs muscles get tired. If its not safe around your neighborhood, then scratch that and stick to the in home stuff.

Start with this low level of excercise for at least a week. Less or more, depending on your shape. Then move on to the next post.. Remember the first couple days you will feel more tired after these excercises. Soon enough you will feel the energy come back into your life. Make sure to eat well, and drink plently of water. Stay away from fatty foods, and don’t eat right before bed. (your metabolism changes) These positive changes in yourlife, like all, will take time to see effects, but as I practice what I preach, I see my energy levels rising already, and its only day 3 for me!


The sides to Excercise and Laziness April 11, 2011

       So once upon a time I was a gymnast. I did gymnastics for 8 years, worked out in a gym 20 hours a week. I won many awards and attended a top gym in Southern California. Excercise was a breeze. I always expected myself to be full of energy and still love to excercise when I got older. Wrong was I. Now I am a little older, 21 in age, and I hate to excercise. I am the laziest person I know, eating doughnuts and taking naps every day. I believe my body went on energy overload, and burnt out. After I quit gymnastics I was a gymnastics coach for about 3 years, so I still excercised by spotting little kids during flips, and moving mats all day. So I never experienced the effects until about a year ago.

          Now I see the cellulite and fat start to grow on me. So I decided to be tough on myself again. I realized thats the only way to lose weight, but more importantly feel more energetic everyday. I had to kick the habit of buying cheesburgers from the many fast food joints around my house, and cook healthy food. Next I went with my boyfriend, and pitbull named Twelve Gage to a hill located behind a college about a half mile from our house. today was my second day of running the designated path they have, and man do I already feel better.

       After the first day I went ot sleep right when we got home, and woke up very hungry. I ate some carrots and dip and went back to sleep. After today, the second day, I felt so motivated in life, I had to get on the computer and write about it. I hope going again tomorrow will help me gain even more energy as I lose the 15 pounds I have gained in the last year. I may not be overweight, be even for me, It is hard to lose the weight, and is better to always consistently exercise.

        Not everyone has a hill close to home, as I undertsand. It may be  unsafe to run around your neighborhood. In that case just excercise inside your home, with aerobics or pilates, or even yoga.  Maybe sit-ups or push-ups are what you need.

 I am going to post more in the next couple days about, three levels of excercise, as most are not ready for intense excercises. I will have the three stages labeled, light, moderate, and extreme excercise. I will also do a separate post on the different excercises for different areas of the body. Tell me your stories, I would love to hear them.


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