This is a different take on helping you get started with your exercise. I’ve never seen a blog post with laundry tips! I’m going to try some of these.

Running Sole Girl

As we all know exercising isn’t pretty. With the sweat, matted down hair, and the locker rooms, but it’s worth it. So whether you’re just beginning to workout, or coming back from a long break, there’s a few things no one tells you. So whether you live at the gym or not you probably don’t know about all of these.

5 Things no One Says About Exercising

Tip #1 You’re probably going to need a new laundry schedule. Exercise means working up a good sweat, which is great for you mind and body (and according to some your skin). Meaning you’ll more than likely find out your old laundry schedule just doesn’t cut it anymore. So here are a few tips to help with that laundry.

Don’t toss sweaty, damp clothes in the hamper. Tossing sweaty clothes in the hamper is a recipe for mildew. There is already bacteria in…

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Adaptation is Key

I am now on Day 10 of my DVD fitness plan.  Last year I tried an even more intense DVD program and had great results, but like most of us, I got busy and stopped for a while.  When I re-started, I managed to injure my left shoulder while doing push-ups.  I thought it was because I was trying to start back at the level I had left off, and was pushing out lots of push-ups with straight legs (not using the bent-knee technique).  So, when I started up my current DVD fitness program, I promised myself to take it easy.  Bent-knee push-ups all the way, take it easy on the amount of weight I was using, and so on.  I had learned from my experience.

On Monday, I was doing the strength-training circuit video, and I felt a sharp pain in my shoulder after doing the last set of push-ups, which included ones with a wide hand-position.  I figured I could rest it, and then on my next strength-training circuit two days later, take the intensity level down even more with the push-ups by using the bent-knee position on the stairs so that I am on an incline and lifting less of my body weight.  I also read a recommendation to avoid the wide hand position if it was bothering my shoulder.  Even this modification is bugging my shoulder.

What I am learning from this is that I need to listen to the strong messages my body is giving me, AND find a way to adapt so I can continue working out, while allowing my body to heal and to adjust.  I am not incapacitated, but I am aware that if I attempt to ignore this, I might have to stop working out altogether.  I am learning that I don’t have to do the exercises exactly as they do it on the DVD in order to “do the workout right” if I am not yet strong enough to do the full workout.  What is more important is to do what I can and get as much of the workout done as possible.  In time, I will build the fitness so I can do the whole workout and more!

Are you running into “just getting started” injuries?  Are you finding ways to listen to your body, respect what is going on, and still continue exercising?  How are you keeping going with your workouts?

Home Gym-Bodies Unite!

Greetings Everyone!

I’m Chris Uyyek, and I’m the voice behind Mentoring Movement.  Recently, I discovered that my on-again, off-again exercise history finally caught up to me in the form of high blood pressure.  My doctor said that we really couldn’t get to the bottom of my blood pressure issue until I got my body mass index down below the “overweight” category.  Now mind you, I wasn’t obese, but I was carrying around 20 – 25 more pounds than I should.  My body was starting to show the signs of what of carrying around those extra pounds was doing to me.

I started with a diet overhaul first, cutting out alcohol, soda, overly processed and fatty foods.  I replaced them with lean meats, and lots of green leafy veggies, as well as limited amounts of fats, whole grains, fruits, and coffee.  This change alone allowed me to lose 12 pounds since January 3, 2013.

Now I’m into the exercise portion of the equasion.  I plan to get my body lean, toned and fit enough to meet and exceed the challenges of everyday living.  If I want to go hiking for a day, I can do it.  If a friend needs me to help move, I can haul boxes and furniture up and down stairs for as long as it takes.  If I want to ride my horse for an hour, I can do what needs to be done to give her a good workout.

For me, DVD’s work well.  For you, it might be calisthenics, walking, running, bicycling, or something that doesn’t require a gym membership.  My main thing is that this form of exercise works for me.  I can get up, press play, bounce around for 45 minutes to an hour, and voila … I’m done and off about my day.  Going to the gym to work out is enough of an excuse to keep me from working out.  That and working out at home provides great entertainment for my two cats, wondering what the heck “Mom” is up to.

I want to hear from you!  Let’s check in when we’re pressing play.  How did your workout go?  How is your motivation today?  I am open to the community’s opinion about discussing the specific DVD that we love.  Let us know and we can support each other, even as we exercise by ourselves.  Just because we exercise at home doesn’t mean we need to do it alone!


PS – If you’re interested in finding out a little more about me, check out my bio page.  I’ll save the blog posts for conversations.  Let’s get this party started and shout out about what we’re up to.