Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Avoiding a Heart Attack - The Exercise Routine
There's an old saying: The perfect exercise is one you like and will keep doing.
For me - that wasn't enough.
I like running. Always have. Not competitive running - but just getting outside and running.
The problem was: I live in Ohio. For the most part, running outside in December through February is not an option.
The other problem was: I have knees. And the left knee didn't like running every day, or even every other day. When I tried to push through it - the knee held me back.
The solutions? A treadmill solved the first problem. It's not as fun as running outside, but with SportsCenter in front of me it got better.
The second problem was a little more difficult to solve. I had to learn to like exercises that weren't my favorites. The stationary bike is a pain in the butt (literally). But with the right program I can challenge myself with hills and advancing levels. And there's always Sports Center. The elliptical machine also not a favorite, but it offers the same options (hills and SportsCenter). Additionally, some of the elliptical is I use take me on a hike through Germany or New Zealand. That turns the exercise into a strong like.
Lastly - I added weights to the routine. If I have done all of my aerobics, I get to use the workout machines at the Y, or Dumbbells at my work gym. This is something else I enjoy. I can see the immediate results. Not that I turn into Arnold or anything, but I do get some immediate feedback. But the weights only come AFTER I've done the bike or the elliptical.
The results? I now like all of the exercises. It's a habit. I've been doing it for over 6 months. And my body fat has gone from 25% to 18%.
Want to get better? Find the things you like and do them. Then find the things you don't like, and find a way to turn them into things you like. And do them too.
Posted by Phil Barth at 5:46 AM