Love That Body!

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Everyday it is working for you, doing it’s best to make living easy. And all too often you make it have to work extra hard by not giving it what it needs; quality food, exercise and rest. Life takes over and the body pays! You need to love that body…

I know from experience that when I don’t eat well I feel sluggish; that my body seems to have to double its efforts to get things done. And if I don’t exercise frequently, I feel tired as if my energy is being drained from me. Do you ever feel that?

Fact is we have a Rolls Royce for a body (or whatever your fav car is!) however the fuel we pump into it either gives us a smooth run or burns us out. Fuel it well and it works like a dream…

Know your body from the inside out:

Blood Vessels Cells Cells1 Face Function Impulses Lungs SkinCells SmallIntestine Smile TallWow! What an awesome piece of machinery to have at your fingertips… You’ve gotta love that body!

How well are you loving yours?

YvonneB

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What’s Your Excuse?

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People have been making excuses about things they Fitnessdon’t want to do for ever so why should getting fit be any different?

Here are a few golden oldies… What’s your excuse?

There’s just not enough time to work out…

Really? Are you kidding me? We all have the same 24 hours per day; its how we choose to prioritize the things we want and need to do that makes the difference. If something is important enough to you, you will find the time. And what could be more important than your wellbeing? When you look after you, you have more energy and desire to look after those in your life.

Quote: “If you really want to do something you will find a way; if you don’t you will find an excuse…” Jim Rohn

If I lift weights I’ll end up looking like a man (that’s fine if you are a man of course!)

Yes, I still hear this from women I speak to about their wellbeing. If only it was that easy to build muscle! As a woman who often defined herself as a ‘gym rat’ I can honestly say that regardless of the amount of working out I did the muscle development was slow but it also looked good; not manly. It would have taken crazy amounts of heavy weight training to produce the kind of muscle mass women fear. So drop this lame excuse and give it a go! You might even enjoy it…

Quote: “Patience can’t be acquired overnight, It is just like building up a muscle. Every day you need to work on it.” Eknath Easwaran

I’m too old to start exercising

Says who? Since when has age dictated that you are better off sitting back and allowing your body to deteriorate? You can start a fitness regime at any time, even if you have never done anything before. There are dedicated marathon runners in their 80s+ and you don’t have to set your sights on achieving anything like that. But how lovely would it be to ‘mature’ and be in the best shape of your life? Possible? Oh YES!

Quote: “Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” Plato

So when you say ‘I want to get fit’, drop the ‘but’ and replace it with the activity you are going to do instead. Get fit, have fun!

YvonneB

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Fit and Healthy On A Shoestring…

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You want to get fit, you want to improve your well-being low cost H&Fbut… money’s too tight to mention! Gym memberships are out so what now? How can you get fit and healthy on a shoestring budget?

1. Walking or running costs nothing! You just have to have the commitment to get up and go. This is often easiest when you have a partner to walk/run with but don’t let the lack of a partner stop you either. Take some music with you or simply enjoy noticing things around you that you probably haven’t before. And check out your local running group as many have low membership fees & weekly costs. Even if you commit to the club visit once or twice per month it will hep you to create your own programme on your ‘do it yourself’ days. Even start your own walking group; getting social & fit.

2. Check out the exercise videos on YouTube... Free! There are endless options here, and yes, some better than others. Find what suits your needs and desires (here’s a list: Fitness on YouTube). I really like Jillian Michaels but there are so many more!

3. Throw a dance party! If you’re anywhere near my age you will remember the days of home parties where people came to hear great music and dance their socks off. Dancing is one of the most freeing exercise forms in my opinion. Whether you think you have rhythm or not, it’s about enjoying the music that makes you feel good. And a dance party can consist of just you and the dance floor; anytime you like!

4. Household chores are what they are but you can really use them to burn up some calories when you put your mind to it. Hoover like you mean it, dust as if you’re on a mission and take up gardening.

5. If you have kids, get to a park and have some fun. There is something special about being a kid again and your children will love it (well, unless their the age of my son (26) who would think I had lost my mind if I tried to take him to the park to play!)

6. Be a dog walker! Earn some money and get fit. How many people in your neighborhood have pets that need more exercise than they get? Plenty; I’m sure.

7. Eating well doesn’t have to cost the earth (although I think we are seriously lacking in ‘health orientated dining facilities). Try some money-saving meals.

I’m sure there are lots more cost-effective fitness tips so please post yours below. Let’s help others get their fitness mojo on, on a shoestring!

YvonneB