Monday, January 25, 2010

Exercise Tips: Sustainability

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Here's a tip on exercising and the importance of creating a sustainable workout program.

Make it Sustainable
If there's something you don't like to do (which, on the sliding scale of "work out preferences" basically means the stuff you'd rather just get fat and lazy over instead of doing) then figure out a way to accomplish the same thing in a way that you enjoy or doesn't give you pain. For example: I hate running and think it's one of the dumbest things to go jogging ("I believe it's a soft 'j'"), but if I absolutely have to get my cardio endurance up then I prefer to hit a stationary bike and do High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT for short), which is where you go really hard for short bursts and rest for short bursts and over time work your way up to 15 or 20 minutes of working out.Also, my shoulders hurt a little when I do the seated military press, so rather than do that I do the Clean & Press or some alternatives with dumbbells.

There's always alternatives, just think of what the end goal is and figure out a new path that's preferable. The one thing I've learned is that exercising HAS to be sustainable, making yourself do things you loathe will probably end before you've reached your goals, and even then you'll probably probably revert and lose your progress once you've hit the target.

Whatever you do, just ask yourself: Is this something I'll be able to maintain/keep up?
That's the million dollar question.

9 comments:

RoddyG said...

I agree Wes! I never liked running and cardio is a big challenge for me. i find since I'm so stocky (muscle dense) running is hard for me to achieve and enjoy consistently. Since I've had some time on my hands I've really tried to make use of discovering workouts that work for me and give me benefits. Do you know some of my home videos if I commit REALLY WORK?! So i'm changing it up between those (Yoga, Pilates, Zumba) with daily crunches (and eventually pushups... hate those to) and walk/runs. My Dad is also going to bless me with a bike so I plan to integrate that as well. Great post buddy!

Wes Hemings said...

Thanks Rod! I feel ya, jogging starts to wear on my joints (not sure if it's a result of my height or weight or just how I'm put together), so I'm all about figuring out option B!

Regina Quentin said...

Very true. I wish more people played racquetball. No lie.

Wes Hemings said...

Racquetball is like the middle-child for Tennis and Ping Pong right?

Regina Quentin said...

Maybe you missed the memo. I'll resend it.

"Hey Wes,

Monday has passed. Your blog specifically says, "A new post. Every Monday. At Sunrise."

Are these the types of fallacious comments we can expect from you on a regular basis?

Reg"

Wes Hemings said...

....says the "I refuse to EVER update my blog except when I feel like it every 10 weeks" girl.

Regina Quentin said...

True. True. I guess that's what I get for pointing out the fallacies and lies contained here.

Regina Quentin said...

P.S. Can you please add feedburner to your site? If you are going to consistently post this irregularly then I'm gonna need to just subscribe by e-mail so I don't waste hours of my days coming back to check if you posted Monday at sunrise.

Feel free to delete this comment after reading. People may begin to take me seriously.

Wes Hemings said...

lol, I delete nothing!

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