Getting fit

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Photo credit: Ryan M

Where to begin?

Thinking of getting fit this year but feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start?

Getting fit is not just about exercising for hours. It is a combination of exercising, eating well, getting enough sleep and mental focus (including de-stressing yourself and thinking positive).

I do not view exercise as a chore. Exercising gives me energy and relaxes me. I remember that I need to take time for myself, or I will not be healthy for my family long-term.

Find an exercise that you enjoy

I am not the type to enjoy running on a treadmill, so I constantly look for different ways to make my workouts exciting. I am currently combining dance, boxing/martial arts and yoga (so basically aerobic workout) alternating every second day with circuit weight-training (basically doing a variety of exercises using free weights like dumbbells and bar). You wonder how that’s possible? Well, you gotta use your imagination a bit!

Based on research, exercising does wonders for your health and brain. Yo! If you really must play Candy Crush or plop yourself in front of the TV, at least get on an exercise bike.

Here are just 5 simple ways to start

  1. Small steps. If you have never exercised before, you may want to consult your doctor before beginning. I would suggest that you start with walking and some light weight-lifting. If you are not sure how to lift weights, you can join the gym and hire a trainer for a few sessions, or as many people do – watch YouTube videos! Weight-lifting is really good for building muscles. And more muscle mass in turn means better calorie/fat-burning and protects against osteoporosis. If you need motivation and a goal for walking, you can buy yourself any of the watches that record your steps (such as a FitBit).
  2. Choose your exercise. If you have joint pain, an exercise like swimming or yoga might be suitable. Not sure what you like? Try everything!
  3. Master your breathing technique. I am learning yoga on my own from a book that I bought 20 years ago. The most important thing is learning how to inhale and exhale through your nose. I think most of us tend to breathe in through our nose, but breathe out through our mouth. I Googled why it is good to inhale and exhale through the nose, and discovered that when we breathe in we take in oxygen (duh!). If we breathe out through our mouth the action is quick, so the oxygen does not have as much time to absorb and fuel our bodies. So by exhaling through our noses the process is slowed down. This sounds very logical eh? I have applied this breathing technique not just to yoga, but to my everyday life.
  4. Eat healthier. Start simple by cutting out the junk and processed food. Work on incorporating more whole foods (for example, this means eating the actual vegetable like corn and not canned corn).
  5. Don’t feel guilty if you skip a day. It is ok to skip a day if you really don’t feel like working out. Don’t feel guilty about it. Just keep going the next day. It is recommended that adults get at least two and a half hours of moderate to vigorous exercise a week. More for children. www.canada.ca

In this thing called life, I believe our health (physical and mental) is number one. After dealing with two post-stroke parents for many years, I say that I do not want to “STROKE-OUT”.

Stay healthy!

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Say hey, say hey…

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…say how ya doin’…(lyrics from Matthew Good Band’s song, Everything is Automatic). You can tell, I have been signing Matthew Good Band’s song in my head. By the way, if you haven’t listened to this song, it’s really amazing. Matthew Good has gone solo since that album and will be performing at the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts on March 9, 2019. http://www.matthewgood.org/

Take a listen to this classic:

2019 flying by…

Say, where did the year escape to already? As I write this post, it is already Day 17 into 2019. I feel like time is running out already.

As per one of my posts in December 2018, I did not make any new year’s resolutions last year to be applied towards this year, because I feel that I am just setting myself up for failure.

Year of NO EXCUSES

I have dubbed this year to be the YEAR OF NO EXCUSES. I have been spreading the word to everyone who will listen to me. What? No gym today? That is not ok, it is the year of no excuses…

Here are a few concepts/mottos that you can apply to yourself this year:

  1. Don’t think – just do!
  2. I will dream BIG and do!
  3. I will make time for my best friend – me.
  4. If I want something badly, I will go for it.

My “no excuses” put to good use

Here are 2 things that I put off last year, but have now handled, because…it’s the year of no excuses!

  1. I am losing patience with the CN Tower. I have emailed the media department so many times but didn’t hear back. I am waiting on permission and have been waiting since mid last year, to publish my book, Winter Moose visits the CN Tower. It was actually meant to be my second book. But because of trademark and other issues, my book was up for review. I finally tracked down a phone number and left a message for my contact person. I am dreaming that I will get the go-ahead this year. I can’t wait to share that book with the world!
  2. I dropped off my books for consignment at a few local Chapters/Indigo locations last year, but have been too busy to follow-up. It is a bit difficult to make calls during my working hours + a little teeny weeny bit of procrastination. Anyway, it’s 2019…I took care of it and if I am lucky, I can be part of a few in-store events this year.

In this thing called life, you never have time to do things. I get it. But if you set your mind to something – before you realize, the same amount of time goes by (whether you do something or don’t) and in the end, you would have accomplished either nothing or something.

Yo! I want to hear from you. What will you accomplish this year with no excuses?