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Get Off Your Ahem And Move

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Exercise came into my (adult) life again when I found Spark People. I started off very slowly with a 15 minutes NO EXCUSES plan to add some movement into my life. I was very sedentary, and it could go weeks between my walks before I was Sparked, so one of my fast break goals was to do 15 minute of something every day. I still keep to that rule.

Another life changing rule I have is to let no more than two days go between each time I work out enough to get sweaty.

After almost a year I have added several fun things into this mix, things I never thought I could learn to enjoy: I have done the Couch to 5K program and keep on waddling (running/walking). I've signed up to do my first 5K race in June. I have started taking spinning classes at my gym. I'm also doing full body strength program at my gym, advancing to free weights after a few months on the strength machines.

I have several things to help me keep the "no excuses" exercise rules.
My pedometer was one of the first rewards I got for myself. It helps me keep track of how many steps, and I aim for 10000 each day, with about 30 minutes of those aerobic.

Another great motivator for me is the Christmas gift from my darling this year, my Polar HRM. It is invaluable and I can't understand how I could work out without one for half a year! It helps me keep track of calories burned and it's great when I am awarded a trophy for fulfilling the weeks targets.

My darling is my best motivator! He helps to push me out if I feel lazy (and I do the same for him!) We have started exercising together and it keeps it fun, we socialize and get closer and share the amazing feeling of having done something good for ourselves when we are done for the day.

GOYAAM (Get Off Your Ahem And Move) is not only a great mantra, it is a great spark team and offers so much motivation! Having Spark buddies and team members in your corner rooting for you and cheering you on helps a lot when it comes to actually DOING, and getting past that "doorstep mile".

Tracking and noticing all kinds of progress is vital! I enjoy keeping track and documenting my journey to health. I track weight lost, centimeters lost, new clothes sizes, higher resistance on my Strength program, longer runs possible and all kinds of small victories along the way. I share a spreadsheet with two spark buddies where we keep track of calories burned on our HRM's every day/week, and our goal is to get to 100000 calories burned in 2009. I'm well on my way there.

Feeling fitter and more energetic is its own reward for moving and shaking it, and that happened quite quickly for me. I noticed big changes in my stamina quite early on, and it has spurred me on! I now feel edgy and out of sorts if I haven't exercised in a while.
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  • H-2-OH
    This is a great blog to read. Especially today for me because I'm having one of those moments.

    I've been thinking of getting a HRM. If you have any tips on chosing one I'd love to hear them!

    It's great when you have a supportive person along for the ride with you. :-)

    4442 days ago
  • STARTSPARKING
    You should be so proud of yourself for making exercise a part of your regular routines. I enjoy my exercise regimen and have no trouble sticking to it so far. It's the eating sensibly that I am having major problems. Today's exercise class instructor said something that struck a chord with me: "Exercise changes your shape. Now if you want to change your SIZE, work on your nutrition." Food for thought.
    4447 days ago
  • ADNAW_YOTS
    Great Blog Marit well done you have helped me along the way in GOYAMM! to move more too!
    4450 days ago
  • CRAIGLI00
    My philosophy toward exercise is this:
    I exercise for my physical and mental health. I exercise because it makes me feel good, healthy, strong. I do not exercise to lose weight. I control my food to lose weight and fuel my exercise. There is a difference in my brain. I just need to figure out how to tell myself that skipping the cookies makes me feel good...
    4451 days ago
  • ZIRCADIA
    :D Isn't it wonderful to find this new exercising person within yourself???
    4451 days ago
  • NATALIEHR
    I love your start small streak - 15 minutes of "something" a day is a great place to begin. I'm going to set the same goal for myself! Keep doing what you're doing! Wish me luck

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    4452 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3248497
    Marit, how we have changed!! I can't even imagine the level of fitness you will be at next year!! It is just sO exciting!!!!!!!!!!!
    4452 days ago
  • GREENEYES334
    Isnt it amazing what moving will do for your body and yoor mindset? Your doing fabulous! Keep it moving girl!
    4452 days ago
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