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Health & Wellness Tuesday: Back to Basics

I have been struggling with keeping in shape since I am currently without a job and therefore without a gym membership.  But because I am without a job I have all the time in the world to fit in a work out.  BUT, I got used to having my elliptical machine and my weight machines and my body pump classes to make sure I was getting in my exercise.  So how do I stay in shape without a gym?  It’s easy.  Go back to the basics.  Sits ups, push ups and some cardio.  That’s all you really need to do to stay in shape.  Pilates machines and Precor machines and trainers are nice and they certainly help you attain a higher level of fitness but if you don’t have access to those luxuries… go back to the basics!  There’s NO EXCUSE for not fitting your sit ups and push ups in every day.  (I actually just took a break from writing this post to do 21 push ups and I feel much better).

Then, if you can just squeeze 4 days of cardio in per week you’re good.  This is what I struggle with though.  Despite the fact that I have all the time in the world to workout… I just don’t like to workout when it’s 100 degrees outside.  Call me crazy.  So without a cushy air-conditioned gym what am I supposed to do??

My solution is I bought a jump rope.  Got it for $14.99 at Target.  I go outside in the late afternoon when it’s not quite at hot and have at it.  After about 10 minutes I’m D.O.N.E.  If I can, I try to jump rope a couple times per day.  That doesn’t always workout though with social events and taking a shower, etc. but when it does work it’s great.  I feel like a kid again.  Then I get all confident and try to do the criss-cross thing but usually get tripped up and decide that sticking to the basics is best.

It’s all about molding a workout to your current lifestyle!


Health & Wellness Tuesday: My Trainer Bob

I'm all about listening to what this guy says

My friend Sarah and I were talking about which Twitter accounts we follow and since talking with her I’ve added a couple to my list (yes, Lindsay Lohan was added but now that she’s going to be in jail my guess is she won’t be quite as Twitterlicious).

My best addition though is @mytrainerbob.  It’s the account of Bob Harper from “The Biggest Loser” and I think it’s a great idea to get a daily tweet-minder (Okay, that was supposed to be a play on “reminder” but it doesn’t really work.  My apologies.) to help you stay on track by eating right and staying fit.  For instance, the other day he said to check out his website to see a video on how to do the perfect push up.  So, I went and was inspired to do some push ups right then in my room.  I barely made it to 11 but I have now vowed to do them at least 5 times per week to see how many I can build up to.  Mostly, because Bob says that it’s one of the best exercises you can do.  It hits everything.  And I listen to Bob.  I mean, LOOK at him!

On his website, he just launched a Daily Journal for which you can sign up.  I just did.  It’s FREE and allows you to track your food, exercise and daily motivations.  Also, on his website you can go to the “Challenges” section for new exercises to shake things up.  I get so bored doing the same exercises.  He might say something like, “Your Challenge today is to drink 10 glasses of filtered water, 50 push ups, 100 squats & shave 200 calories off your diet. You can do it!”  Or, he might post a video to show you how to do a particular Yoga Challenge.

I highly recommend using Bob’s knowledge to help you reach your health and fitness goals!  Let’s do it!