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It's Just Not Working Out

It's that silly time of year. Folks lie to themselves, buy a gym membership or a treadmill. Maybe this is you. This time, you REALLY mean it. You are going to start your healthy lifestyle. Burn those calories. Drop some pounds.
Wake-up call: You failed last year. You will fail this year. You will continue to fail. Here's what I see...

First off, the gym (or wherever you work out) IS NOT a social club. I see more people standing around talking than moving. When they do work out, the transition between stations takes twice as long as the actual exercise. The idea is to get your metabolic rate up, and keep it up. If you have enough breath to be Suzy Talks A Lot, you're not doing it right. As a matter of fact, many folks use not having someone to work out with as an excuse NOT to work out at all. Ironic.

This leads to folks not getting results. They begin tweaking a workout routine that was never properly implemented in the first place. It gets crazy. Folks think that buying a new set of shoes will help. They start down that definition of insanity. People bemoan that they've been going to the gym 5 hours a week for months, and see no results. If they were honest with themselves, each hour in the gym only yielded 30 minutes of actual exercise.

The solution is obvious. If you want your work-out time to produce results, take it seriously. If someone is using your favorite machine, jump on another. Keep moving. If you work out at home, stay on that bike / treadmill for the full 20-30 minutes (three 10 min sessions does not equal 30 min continuous). If working out with a buddy inhibits your effectiveness, ditch them. Half arse effort does not yield half results. It yields none.

Lie to yourself. Go through the motions. Make excuses. Or commit to really trying.

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Each year, always in November...before we travel in December to see his mother, and two months before his annual physical, my partner runs like a madman on our treadmill, sets a timer to walk in intervals, and measures out his alcohol. He loses some poundage. He is morbidly obese. I no longer applaud his efforts. I've witnessed this for two decades. Then it's back to same ol' same ol' about March. Everyone, I guess, chooses their own bullet. I accept my plunge, accidentally (smiles), off a Colorado cliff climbing. I hope not to be terrified, so I can have one last look out at real heaven.
 
A few years back I was seeing Chiropractor because of back problems, caused, it would seem by the truck I was driving at the time. I say that because when I changed jobs my back problems disappeared.
Anyway, my point is;

He advised me to do two twenty minute walks per day walking fast enough to get a sweat on, meaning, that when I'd worked up a sweat not to ease of and keep walking at that pace for a good twenty mins. Not only would it aid my joints but it was also a good cardio work out. Strictly speaking, I am slightly over-weight but it's not a problem and, considering my age, I couldn't wish to be in better condition physically.

dither...

Or should that be... don't dither?
 
Working out is something that's meant to be taken seriously.

I know a few professional fighters. One said that exercise is the same thing as sex to him. All of them and their peers frequently go to the same gym at 6 A.M. every morning.

Even my regular friends throughout the years understood the value of a routine.

I fell off like many, but when I was hard at work with the weights I was definitely waaaay stronger than I am now.

Years of work will go away in months if you don't take care of yourself.

One of my girls a few years back was a competitive swimmer. All she ever did was crunch 100 times every night before bed and swim laps every weekend, and she had a fucking six pack.
 
RhythmOvPain;bt11495 said:
Working out is something that's meant to be taken seriously.

I know a few professional fighters. One said that exercise is the same thing as sex to him...

Yeah. Good analogy. Full effort or why bother.

Unless your Chauncey Gardiner. Then it's okay to just watch.
 
RhythmOvPain;bt11495 said:
Working out is something that's meant to be taken seriously.

I know a few professional fighters. One said that exercise is the same thing as sex to him. All of them and their peers frequently go to the same gym at 6 A.M. every morning.

Even my regular friends throughout the years understood the value of a routine.

I fell off like many, but when I was hard at work with the weights I was definitely waaaay stronger than I am now.

Years of work will go away in months if you don't take care of yourself.

One of my girls a few years back was a competitive swimmer. All she ever did was crunch 100 times every night before bed and swim laps every weekend, and she had a fucking six pack.

I know that feeling, lol. You have to really work out for it, to the point where your muscles feel boiled, but you get a really good feel from it all.
 

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