“There is a sense of exhilaration that comes from facing head-on the hard truths and saying, ‘We will never give up. We will never capitulate. It might take a long time, but we will find a way to prevail.’” – Jim Collins
Fitness Gives Me a Happy Face~
My motivation and being consistent with my fitness does give me a happy face.
I hope you are able to enjoy a walk or some type of fitness throughout your day. To those of you that I have inspired, try not to give up. Keep up the good work. You make me smile.
Have a wonderful day and thank-you for visiting my blog today.
The biggest problem areas for many women are their hips and thighs. This is rooted in biology: Women of childbearing years store most of their body fat in these areas. But don’t despair, the good news is that fat deposits on the hips and thighs are easily burned. Why? Because the large muscle groups of the body burn calories more efficiently.
Lunges are one of the most effective exercises you can do to work the entire leg. If the only exercises you did for your legs were lunges, your legs would look terrific! Lunges can be done with no weights at all, while holding dumbbells or with a bar on your shoulders. It is a difficult exercise, so start without any weight. After you do add weights, increase their size gradually.
How to Hit the Hips and Thighs:
Start with one foot in front of the other as though you are taking a giant step (use a chair, if necessary, to help keep your balance).
Lower yourself, bending both knees, but make sure your knee stays in line with your ankle. Try not to bang your back knee on the floor.
Your weight should be on your back toes and on your front heel.
Straighten legs until you are standing, and lower yourself again.
Repeat with the opposite leg.
Watch your form.
Keep your back straight.
Don’t let your front knee extend over the front of your toes. If you have bad knees, modify this lunge and only bend your knees slightly — you’re still firming those thighs!
How Many: Begin with one set of 8-12 reps and gradually progress to two sets of 8-12 reps. Rest for 15 seconds between sets. I recommend that you increase the number of repetitions gradually. Your goal should be to aim for 16-24 repetitions every time you do these exercises. As soon as you can do this relatively easily, add the second set with weights (either holding dumbbells or holding a bar on your shoulders).
When You’ll See Results: Do your lunges at least four days a week and you will see a noticeable improvement in three weeks!
Thank-you to my daughter for showing me how to do ‘burpees’ the last time we were at the gym together. Thanks so much for believing in me that ‘I can do it’. I did 15 burpees this morning. I am proud. Do you do burpees?
I am an active Baby Boomer and if your health permits it, I hope to inspire you.
I always hope to inspire someone to just try and do some kind of exercise.
Speak to your doctor before starting any kind of fitness program. Even if you are a baby boomer, age is never a factor. Try just a short walk and you may surprise yourself on how much more you can do or will be doing in weeks and months from now.
I was at the gym early this morning for over an hour and am feeling great. Enjoy your day the best you can.
All these tips worked for me this morning. I woke up a few times throughout the night and of course felt tired this morning. My daddy used to say, “It was okay to talk to yourself, just don’t answer.” Silly guy. I was thinking I was too tired to get out there for my power walk and run and I also knew once I got outside I would feel much better.
I have to say, “I feel terrific now!! I did it!” I took my I Pod and off I went. What a beautiful morning and another bonus, no rain! I was power walking and did a whole lot of running, 6.5 km.
There is just something about getting my fitness done for the day that makes me feel terrific and energized.