Tag Archives: exercise

I’m Getting Tired Of TurboFire

24 Aug

Or maybe I’m just lazy. Probably that. I don’t want to work out. I just want to lay around and do nothing. Why is that? I know I feel better once I get off my butt and actually do it, but committing to the actually getting to done.

I read all the time about people who “love” to work out. I believe them. But will I ever be one of them? Did they love working out when they first started out, or is it something they learned to love? Is it something you have to have within you? Or you just get used to the routine?

I don’t know. Maybe I’ll never love it. But I have to learn to accept it as an inevitable part of my life and routine. So, I guess it’s time that I stop complaining and go press play!

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That’s it! Thursday: Do You Have To Take That Short-Cut?

23 Aug

One of the great things about living in NYC is the vast amount of walking you do on a daily basis simply due to the fact that you live here. My apartment is a ten minute walk to the subway- just under a mile. So, I walk at absolute minimum 2 miles a day. But why do I find myself cutting through a parking lot to make my walk shorter?

Do I really need to get there that little bit faster? Am I truly too lazy to walk around the parking lot instead of diagonally through it?

I hadn’t really thought about it. But, this morning on my way to work a light bulb went off. It doesn’t make any sense to be working out and trying to incorporate more fitness into my life, but yet keep taking short cuts on my regular routes. I was completely doing it out of habit!

Therefore, for this That’s it! Thursday, I’m going to work on being more conscious of “lazy” habits that I’ve developed—and no longer cut through that parking lot. I can totally walk around it and build up those extra steps. Every little bit helps!

How do you try to incorporate fitness into your everyday life? Park in the back of the parking lot? Do calf raises at your desk at work? I’d love to hear!

Using a Pilates Ring to Build Strength

7 Aug

Thank you all for the support yesterday when I revealed my weight. That was a challenging thing for me to do, but I feel better now that it’s off my chest.

I’m super sore today. This weekend I picked up a Pilates Ring (aka Fitness Circle or Magic Circle) at my mom’s house and played with it for a while as I watched the Olympics.  It really gave me quite an unexpected workout! If you’ve never used one before, it’s essentially a metal ring that is flexible and coated in plastic.  It really makes a normally routine movement much more challenging.

Curso de Instructor de Pilates

Curso de Instructor de Pilates (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For those of us without access to weights or a gym, I find resistance bands and items like Pilates Rings can be really great for strength building. By adding them into your regular routine you can increase the burn and really feel your body changing.

That’s what I like about being sore. I know I worked hard. I know I’m making progress and forcing my body to adopt, change, grow, and get stronger.

Have you ever used a Pilates Ring? If so, what was your favorite exercise to do with one?