Fitness isn’t like a desktop. There aren’t shortcuts.


of-course-it-is-hardEveryday when I get to work, I open up my MSN homepage to check our company e-mail and I always glance through the popular topics that they have.  Something about video of fireworks in backwards time, asking a Tiger to get off your furniture (no really, here is the link), and then a link for 14 Shape-Up Shortcuts.

You know what?  I get it.  People don’t want to work towards their goals.  They become unmotivated, tired, busy, lazy, etc.  But, let’s just be flat out honest – they don’t make their health a priority.  If there is anything in life that should be a #1 priority, it should be your health; because, guess what?  There are no “do-overs” with your body.  You abuse it and you don’t get that time back.  BUT, it isn’t too late.  It is never too late to start making healthy choices, but I’m here to break your heart…you didn’t get there overnight, so you aren’t going to get that beach body overnight.  I’m gonna pause here for the shock and awe to set in.

Yes, it is brutally honest.  But, it is just that – Honest.  There are no shortcuts.  Your body isn’t like the desktop on your computer, there are no shortcuts.  Period.  If you want to be healthy, it is something you have to work with 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  You have to make conscious effort to eat right, exercise, and put down the third doughnut.  Your body is a accumulation of everything you’ve ever ate, and it is going to take time for that to change.

I understand that these headlines (because it is plural, it is everywhere – magazines, radio commercials, TV commercials, internet) are more to drag people in, and a lot of these articles actually have good stuff – but, your whole lifestyle has to change.  There aren’t shortcuts.  You can’t just swear off McDonald’s french fries and expect that to be the shortcut to becoming skinny.  You have to change everything about your life!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not perfect and I’ve still got a heck of a long way to go, but if it were easy then everyone would be healthy and fit.  You need to make the conscious decision to change your life.  There aren’t any shortcuts.

Now, quit reading my blog for a second, go take your dog for a walk, play catch with your kids, go running, do jumping jacks, run around your house, I don’t care!  Do something.  You deserve it.

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At Home Workout – High Intensity Interval Training


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17 Minute At Home Cardio by FitnessBlender.com

I’ve been going to the gym regularly for a year and a half now, and it really does improve your self-esteem.  Although, I will admit, it also adds to my guilt; because, I feel like crud if I don’t go to the gym or do some sort of workout.  At one point, I had lost 12 pounds by eating healthy and going to gym 5 days a week, for 2 hours at a time.  I was beginning to look my best, but maintaining that time I spent in the gym became a big challenge while going to school, working, moving out, etc.  I’ve realized that as long as I’m doing something, I can be healthy and fit.  I’ve been trying many different at home workouts to do at least 2-3 times a week, while going to the gym the other days of the week to get in my strengthening training.  Today, I gave in and tried one of these high intensity interval trainings, and let me tell you…it kicked my butt!  This really put myself at test, and it is really amazing how you can surprise yourself.

My main tip when doing this workout video, take their advice and go at your own pace.  I originally started to keep up with her but I realized that it was better for me to go at my own pace that I could handle, while still properly breathing and maintaining a good form.

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Random Tidbit: When quickly reading the site of this video, I immediately read “Fitness Blunder” (instead of Fitness Blender) and I typed it into my search bar to find their home page, and I found this really cool article from BodyBuilding.com.  I laughed a little on Number 6, because forgetting a hair tie can really ruin a workout!