View Full Version : 2009 is MY YEAR!
12-27-2008, 08:35 AM
2009 is my year to get FIT. Only problem is...I can never figure out how and where to start. I know what to do in re: to cardio, but I never know what to do with strength training. I rarely stick to it for more than a few days because it feels to weird and like it's not doing anything. Any advice on something simple to start with? I need a plan. How do I know how much to do and how frequent. I have NO intutition around "sculpting" my body. I just know walking is good for you. so that's what I do....
I'm easily overwhelmed by so 1000s of choices out there. Anyone have a good resource on where to start-esp for someone who has NEVER done ANYTHING other than walk/run?
12-27-2008, 10:03 AM
i was raised to play sports and've always exercised my whole life ,
and one thing thats held true for me is that it makes refining / mastering
a movement (that movement could be a running stride , a bat swing ,
a swimming stroke , etc) easier alot of times when you mimic the style
of someone else with a proven technique . like a women marathon runner or triathlete you like . watch her style them copy some of it . it helps one get in a groove of efficient movement thats easier to repeat everyday , and thusly easier to make habit . and thats what the giant factor is = DEVELOPING THE HABIT / MASTERING THE MOVEMENTS .
and if youve never really been athletic what ide do to work on
coordination / hardness / endurance is wind sprints . you only need
a hundred / two hundred feet right in front of your house . sprint
one way , then walk back to the starting point again . get a
sprinters technique off of youtube / tv or something and imitate it .
and sometimes run the sprint backwards to work on coordination and
leg muscle balance .
then for stomach hardness a good basic is laying on back / knees bent / hands locked behind head / bring knees and elbows together to touch over center of body .
then do squats without weights , feet about two foot apart , arms sorta straight out in front for balance , squat down as low as can . this besides building legs also a good stretch .
for shoulders light dumbbells , something you can lift over your head like around 25 times before tiring out . then you just lift them straight up as far as can to harden shoulder joints . theyre good to have laying around tv room so can get sets in while tv'ing . get the hex head solid type dumbbells as theyre more efficient to have laying around , and dont come loose and become a pita to keep tightening up . if have a local ' sports authority ' is a good place to get .
so this routine is getting your legs / endurance = two most important factors . then your stomach and shoulders , second most important muscles imo .
and even when not feeling it try to do at least a couple minutes of something at the scheduled time on your weekly schedule in order to further develop habit .
EXCELLENCE ISNT AN ACT , ITS A HABIT !
GO HARD . OR GO HOME ! :D
* i like a favorite up tempo song before i go out the door to run to get my adrenalin going .
12-27-2008, 10:17 AM
My preferred exercise is rebounding. It exercises every cell in your body. 15 minutes rebounding equals 45 minutes running.
12-27-2008, 10:25 AM
I would LOVE to do rebounding. My big prob is that my house is nearly 200 years old. ANY amt of walking/bouncing makes everything in the house fall off shelves. LOL. I have vivid daydreams of finding 60K on the street and using it to build an exercise room off of this old house. :D
12-27-2008, 10:27 AM
Take the rebounder outside with you (if you have a yard, you may get arrested if you rebound in the street).
Pick FIVE exercises to do every day. Look here: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/exercises.php?Real_New=%3C%3D+7&Name=&MainMuscle=&Equip=BodyOnly&Isolation=&order=Name
These are all exercises that use either only a decline bench or require no equipment. They are all EASY to figure out and with pictures. If you want to stay indoors, you could do these and jumping jacks (although -- don't let your house fall down chica!), or you could run/walk outside for 20 minutes, then come back in and finish with these and some stretching.
Done. No complications. Just pick FIVE every day, and do anywhere from 10-100 reps (whatever you feel like). You can print out the info and go from there.
12-27-2008, 10:52 AM
I always say, put on your favorite music and just move-dance, aerobics, whatever. The more you enjoy yourself, the more you'll stick with it. Once that becomes a habit, you can more easily incorporate other types of exercise.
Lots of you-tube inspiration like exercise & dance videos.
12-29-2008, 01:14 PM
I always say....do what you like so you'll stick with it. I really like listening to books on tape or talks while I exercise.
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