Working Out When You Don’t Want To

 

Working Out When You Don’t Want to

Working Out When You Don’t Want to, is not as hard as you may think.  Let me tell you about my morning and how I made it through my workout when I really wanted to stay in bed.  Before I continue, you should know that this post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on or purchase one of the product links I’ll receive some compensation that will support my addiction to all things coffee.

alarm clock

Working out when you don’t want to.

My alarm went off this morning and I hit the snooze. “Oh,” I thought to myself, “I really need to get up and make my way to the gym”. “But I’m so tired,” I argued with my self. Well, this is what I do on those mornings I can barely put one foot in front of the other. I fake it till I make it. I’m gonna tell you exactly what I do so that I can inspire you for Working Out When You Don’t Want to.

The night before

Fortunately the night before, I had enough sense to put out a couple of outfits that I like to wear to the gym. I always change my mind in the morning so I have two to choose from. This saves me time from gazing into my closet wondering for 15 minutes what I wanna wear to the gym.

 

Gym gear

Get your gym bag ready the night before.

Even if you do nothing else to prepare yourself for going to the gym doing this one thing, laying out your clothes the night before, is a huge time saver. Just help yourself with that.

Next, hair goes up in a ponytail, fake eyelashes on ( because mine are so skimpy and It saves time doing any makeup. Lastly, a nice peachy lipgloss and that’s all I need to move on to getting my gear.

What’s in the bag?

What’s in my gym bag? My gym bag is small. I have a water bottle, headphones, keys cash and my phone. I shower when I get home because I don’t wanna carry a change of clothes, shoes, and everything that entails. ugh.

The only time I carry extra clothes is if I have to be at an appointment of some kind directly after my work out I just prefer to travel lightly most of the time.

Now, I’m at the YMCA and I still do not feel much more motivated than I did when I got out of bed this morning. What’s a girl to do? Socialize, hmm hmm, procrastinate just a little bit longer. lol.

Coffee, you lure me in every time

Coffee (oh the delicious smell wafting through the air) was brewing in the commons area where folks come and go and meet and greet before and after workouts. I decide that a small cup of coffee may help. A short visit with friends can’t hurt a thing.

 

coffee

My local YMCA has a coffee lounge where folks can socialize. This has helped me through several mornings.

I had a lovely visit not longer than ten minutes, then it was off to the locker room to put headphones in and set Bluetooth on my phone. Upstairs I go to the weight room. I finally made it.

This is a recipe for success

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Strength training is the fountain of youth.

Now that I’m here I realize that I’m still sluggish, but I head to the lat pulldown bar and I set my weight ten pounds light and tack on 2 more reps. This feels about right, I feel fine.  I move on through my routine lightening the weights only if I was struggling with it.

Pretty soon, the music playing was good and I was feeling better. I felt more motivated and I began to hit it. My stride that is. The brain fog was gone and I’m working out.
By the time I finish my upper body routine, I was doing well. I was feeling good and the dread of doing the rest of my work out was gone!! YASSSSS.

That my friend is the secret of how to go workout even if you don’t want to. It’s ok to give yourself a break. There’s NO law that says you must go balls to the wall every time you go to the gym. It’s not realistic. Nor is it reasonable expectations for yourself.

Stay within your parameters

What you want to do is stay within the parameters of your usual routine.  A little less weight is ok.  If you wanna walk three miles as opposed to running five on the treadmill that’s great.  You are still getting your workout and you have every right to feel that you got something accomplished for the day. Good for you. Yes, you deserve a pat on the back. This is how I manage to stay on a 3/4 days a week schedule. This is what makes it manageable for me.

Drink more water

water with lime

Staying hydrated will help keep up your energy.

Before I go, I will say that what was making me sluggish this morning was mild dehydration.  It will sneak up on you and you will be surprised when you realize,” shoot I’ve only had 16 oz. of water today.”  No freaking wonder I was so tired.  So I upped my water intake because I’m not a fan of the I don’t wanna get out of bed today syndrome.  I like to avoid that as much as possible.

Another tip I have for working out when you don’t want to is to make sure you get good protein whether it’s meat or plant-based or both.  Your muscles need to be nurtured and good nutrition is key.

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Looking for the fountain of youth?

When I learned that strength training was the secret to feeling younger, that secret motivated me to work out when I didn’t want to.

There certainly are two sides to every coin and this is true for the aging process. Some look the exact same today as they did 20 years ago, you know the type. Think Dick Clark or Will Smith.  They just always look fabulous. Then there are some who looked much older than their true chronological age.

In the beginning, its motivation that helps you work out when you don’t want to. About 6 months later, good habits will be very helpful for getting you to work out when you don’t want to.  Therefore, I would rather focus on the positives. My goal to look maybe five or ten years younger if I can for as long as I can. It makes my day when people who don’t know me refer to me as my granddaughters’ mother. It really makes my day. Who am I kidding?  It makes my whole week.

You Can be 25 pounds Younger a Write-in Guide Book is available to you at a reasonable price.  It’s full of tools that will help you get on track and stay on track.

Included are:

  • Items you may need list
  • Goal setting guides
  • Food, Water, Exercise and Habit Trackers
  • Weight and inches lost tracker
  • Resources to connect you to more valuable & helpful content

Also, there’s help for you to use positive thinking and visualization. Plus tools to help you stay focused are also included. The printable You Can be 25 pounds Younger a Write-in Guidebook is what helps you find your way back to vitality and regaining physical stamina.

Finding the fountain of youth

When you make a commitment to fitness, that commitment will go a long long way to helping you work out when you don’t want to. I found the fountain of youth when I committed to strength training.  You might be asking yourself how this helps with the aging process?   Let me count the ways:

  1. Increased muscle strength makes everyday chores easier. (This one is number one for obvious reasons).
  2. Strong muscles burn fat. If the stove is your body, the burners are your muscles and when they heat up (firm up/get stronger)they are super-efficient at burning fat and sugar for fuel.
  3. When you feel strong, you are more likely to catch yourself before you fall should you trip over shoes left in the middle of the kitchen.  My son leaves his shoes out all the time.
  4. Muscles don’t just look good on men, they can make a woman’s body shapelier and curvier without bulking up. (Unless you want to be muscularly defined then that’s another blog post entirely.)
  5. Strength training improves bone density, preventing them from breaks from falls and will go a long way to prevent osteoporosis.
  6.  The boost in attitude, mood, and self-confidence is the icing on the cake when it comes to strength training.
  7. Last but not least, the sex drive is revved up.  I  must say it’s just delightful to feel sexy.

Finding the Fountain Location

If you decide to go to a gym, visit a few and see what setting appeals to you.  Some have pools, juice bars, and free coffee, personal trainers on staff and more.  You may prefer to begin at home, you absolutely can do just that.  There is so much information available that you can create a beginning routine that would be great for you. Remember fitness is a journey  There are a lot of bodyweight exercises you can do that require no weights at all. Read more here at Livestrong.com

Working out when you don’t want to can make you feel younger

I don’t want to wear you out with studies and statistics about how

resistance training is paramount to anti-aging but you should know that the University of New Mexico completed a comprehensive study over a period of 26 weeks complete with muscle biopsies concluding that yes, Resistance Training can reverse the Aging Process.  Feel free to read about the entire process of this study. I found it quite interesting.

That’s all for today friends.

I hope you enjoyed this discussion. Please share your thoughts and, feel free to leave your comments and share this post with friends.

I’m Karen with Embracing-Aging

Reminding you to Embrace Your Age

 

Unexpected Health Challenges & Mild Dehydration

Mild dehydration is subtly sabotaging your health.

Mild dehydration was sabotaging my health. I found myself back in the doctors’ office again this week because of a UTI that I could not get ahead of on my own. Before I continue, you should know that this post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on or purchase one of the product links I’ll receive some compensation that will support my addiction to all things coffee. Taking 2,000 mg of vitamin C before bed usually does the trick. However, I was out of 1000 mg caplets.  Hubs went to the store and picked up some BUT it was the 500 mg chewable because the pharmacy was out of the 1000 mg. caplets that work best for me.  These didn’t help me. Because of a lapse of time, they were not getting the job done.  The infection spread first to my bladder then into my kidneys. Misery set in.

Meanwhile being stubborn and hardheaded, I continued trying to beat it on my own.  A week of very little progress went by.  When I returned to the gym on the following Monday morning I just didn’t have the energy, or the motivation to do my full workout.  Going to the Dr. was moved to the top of my list of things to do, he got me right in that afternoon. I filled a prescription for antibiotics.  I detest taking antibiotics for the simple fact antibiotics kill all bacteria both good and bad.

What I learned during the week

Water is your ally, BFF, the most underused tool for optimal health. I was drinking 16oz. water 16oz green tea every day during my morning workout. I was drinking roughly 6-8 oz of water with my lunch and dinner.  Finally, at bedtime, I took my evening vitamins and medications with a little bit of water probably 4-6 oz. This doesn’t include the coffee and hot tea I like to drink throughout the day.  So I was getting about 46-48 oz of water a day. Seems like that ought to be enough, doesn’t it?   I very rarely drink anything other than water, coffee, and tea.

Being stuck on a weight loss plateau is no fun whatsoever. I was being faithful to my workout routine, continuing to keep my food portions small to moderate and closely watching my protein intake.  Out of left field, I’m hit with a UTI.  Realizing, I needed to immediately step up my water intake, a 16 oz water bottle stayed full and by my side at all times.  Then BOOM the following occurred:

  • The plateau was conquered, I reached a major milestone – 180.4 1bs. lost. My daughter said, “Welcome to “onederland” because I was out of the 200s and into the 100s weighing in at 199.6
  • Cravings came to an all-time low.  I wasn’t wanting chocolate, sugar or carbs.
  • My bowel movements were better.  I was getting plenty of fiber, but plenty of water is what makes fiber work efficiently. In case you didn’t catch that little tidbit of super important info, water is what makes fiber work efficiently!!

Feeding thirst came to a halt

Mild dehydration can cause you to eat when you are thirsty and that causes overeating and snacking and grazing. Next, calories sneak up on you. When you think you’re doing alright but in reality, all you need to do to take control is to increase your water game. When I started drinking the minimum required amount of water 64 oz, I literally quenched my hunger and gone was my desire to sometimes feed thirst with food.  I essentially uncrossed my wires.  Instead of reaching for water, sometimes I reached for food, usually something sweet.

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Stop mild dehydration by drinking more water. Proper hydration allows you to quench hunger and stop feeding thirst.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s talk about detox

Mild dehydration is subtle enough to slow down your efforts to detox your digestive system.

Detoxing techniques:

  • Sweating through vigorous exercise
  • Using a sauna
  • Dry brushing your skin
  • Getting better nutrition
  • Relaxation to aid detox

Just remember, none of these activities will work well for you without optimal water consumption.  I don’t think I can stress this enough. For a more detailed discussion about detoxing click here. 

How much water do you really need?

That all depends on your level of activity, your weight and the type of diet you consume.  When health professionals say to consume at least 8 x 8oz. glasses of water each day that amount can vary from person to person.  Water lubricates your esophagus, stomach, and colon to allow food to be properly processed and passed through the colon.

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Adding fruit or berries to water enhances flavor and gives you fiber.

 

As we age, our ability to detect thirst declines.  Therefore, subtle dehydration can and does sneak up on us from time to time.  Set a reminder on your phone or computer to chime at certain times of the day to help remind you to get more water.  To help myself stay hydrated, I chew ice in the summer, the nice soft crushed pieces that are easy to chew.  Chewing ice also helps keep my appetite under control.

Peristalsis is the way food is moved down the digestive system.  As we age, peristalsis slows down.  Drinking enough water helps digestion and absorption of nutrients.  Drinking water also helps to prevent Diverticulitis a condition that occurs when the intestines are forced too hard when going to the bathroom.  Waste gets stuck in the pouches of the intestinal lining and causes GI discomfort.  Diverticulitis can be serious enough to be hospitalized.  Water + fiber = healthy digestive system.

 

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Adding fruit makes water more inviting

 

Finally, I hoped this post help you.  I would be so appreciative if you would take a moment to share this post with your favorite social media outlet.  Please feel free to leave your comments and share your tips about good hydration.

 

I’m Karen with Embracing Aging,

Reminding you to embrace your age.

 

 

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