Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Good Workout Habits...

It's relatively early for me after a late night at work. I managed two complete sleep cycles (just over 3 hours) before waking up and not being able to fall back to sleep. Instead of laying awake in bed, I decided to get up when Chris left for work in order to get this day started.

I started with a good sized, high protein breakfast--three poached eggs, black beans, rice, pork--530 cal.
And coffee, which should go without saying.
I'll have a protein shake after my morning workout.

I'm on Day 2 of my new workout plan, so it's circuit training/yoga day. I'm going with a little bit more intense workout than my first circuit and expect that I'll be making adjustments to all of my workouts for a little while. It's going to be strength training on Mon/Wed/Fri, circuit training Tues/Thurs/Sat and just a long walk or maybe a run/walk on Sunday. I still plan on getting in a daily walk, run or ride (although I'm still not really running yet).

With Sunday being a easy day to get in a workout, I may switch up a little and make Thursday my easy day. Of course, after January (and retirement), everyday will be a good day for a workout!

Last June I managed to push my weight down to 197 pounds, but settled in on the high side of 200. In the past few months, it's been creeping up to around 205. I'm now on a mission to push it back down to around 190 so that my fluctuations will stay below 195.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm not going to be a fitness fanatic and I don't plan on any high intensity P90X kind of workouts. When it comes right down to it, I'm pretty old school. As a matter of fact, when my brother saw my workout plan, he commented that it was old school. Yeah, so am I.

I think that the new stuff isn't as new as its promoters make it out to be. The P90X muscle confusion method was used in the Vic Tanny/Bally Health Clubs circuit training of THIRTY years ago. It's not revolutionary. It's not new. It's just more intense.
And it is good marketing that targets an audience that wants it all and wants it NOW.

I'm taking on exercise the same way I took on diet.
I want something that is sustainable.
I want to be able to continue with my exercise program for the long haul. I don't want to do something that will cause me to burnout or cause any kind of injury or exercise stopping muscle strain.

Are you doing anything for your health?
A little walk?
Taking the stairs?
Skipping the sugary snack?
Swapping out your soda (even diet soda) for water or maybe green tea?

Just get started.
Even if you're moving slowly, you're still lapping everybody sitting on the couch!

John <><

1 comment:

  1. John, good advice for me, as I sit here at the computer typing away! ;-)