They say it takes about 4 weeks to develop a new habit. . . . I must be slow on the development side or
Maybe I am doing it wrong but this whole exercise thing is getting harder. The motivation of a new year resolution is now gone and all that is left is logic for a more health lifestyle.
Below follows my activity schedule for first 21 days
2 Tues; Am training, Legs
3 Wed; Am. 25 Minute swim
4 Thurs; Am. Legs
5 Fri; Am 25 Min Swim
6 Sat; Am; 20 Min Cardio, Biceps and Back
7 Sun; Pm; 15 Min Cardio, Chest and Triceps
These first few days was done in a slow and light routine just to wake the sleeping musles
8 Monday; Am. 25 Min Swim. PM. 20 min Cardio, Biceps. Weight training Buddy are back from his Holiday break and Motivated. So the session was intense
9 Tues Am; 15 min Cardio, Legs. PM; 10 min cardio. Chest and Triceps. 50 twists and abs
10 Weds Am; 30 Min Swim. PM. Rest
11 Thurs Am; 15 Min Cardio, Legs. Pm. 15 min Cardio, Back and core.
12 Fri AM; 25 Min Swim. 15 Min Cardio, Biceps.
13 Sat Mid; 20 Min Cardio. Circuit Training 1 set of each machine till failure (12 Machines) , i min rest between each exercise
14 Sun; Rest (taking dogs for a long walk on beach)
15 Mon Am; 25 Min swim. Pm; 20 Min Cardio, Chest
16 Tues Am; 15 Cardio, Legs. Pm; 15 Min Cardio, Core
17 Wed Am; 25 Min Swim. Pm Rest
18 Thurs Am; 15 Min Cardio, Legs, Abs. Pm; 20 Cardio, Chest, Triceps
19 Friday Am; 30 Min Swim, Pm; 15 Cardio, Biceps, Chest
20 Rest day
21 Sun Am; 20 min Cardio
While the exercise thing is still hard I am happy for the follow;
Been on the
it is an excuse to be
New year - New Beginnings - New Healthy Habits
"This is the year that things are going to change
How many times have I said this to myself and failed miserably.
This time it is going to be different .... Why?
because I have a new revised strategy-plan of approaching healthy living by making small changes
The single Biggest healthy living goal is to simplify
To reach the ultimate simplification stage, there are a couple of smaller habits that must be changed. (I have learned the hard way that one do not try to eliminate a habit, the better way is to change it). Saying things like "form today I'm only going to drink green smoothies". Is a sure way to set yourself up for a letdown.
Make changes slow and easy.
The ultimate goal is to make every meal the same amount(volume) of your fist size but I haven't reach that bench mark yet!
Is it possible to live Better?
Yes! but don't think there is a universal answer for this and also this question cannot be answered in one post but the idea is certainly worth pursuing.
To me it looks like It all depends on our of reference
Once you reach the otherside of Fifty life will start to look a bit different and you will realize that thing that you to do is now taking a little bit more effort to complete.
The nice about this whole realization is that one can make adjustments
Somethings one can change but others you cannot, just accept the mistakes that was made . Don't live in regret - get into you swimming suit and enter the water.
See you on the otherside
This post is more a reminder note to myself about the good routines and habits I should maintain/implement or upgrade. Over the years I've come across many health tips/ideas on how some people keep themselves in check.
Like most good things if I don't write it down and look at it regularly it tends to wander and before you know it I'm back in my old ways(habits), which is not all bad but . . . .!
The list below are and were big some of the habits/routine I implemented while fighting to stay off the couch
This was a biggie for me because I wasn't big on drinking pure water, I was raised on Coca Cola and coffee (use to ("still do") love water in coffeemix). In the beginning I used sugarless-mixer-product to make water more drinkable, only at a much later stage I found out one are drinking poison when consuming diet and artificial sweeteners. More about these sweeteners in another post.
People say you have to drink atleast 8 glasses of water a day - this did not work for me because I kept on having a convenient memory loss on how many I have already consumed. Drinking from a 2 liter bottle is more measurable throughout the day because you can actually see how you are doing with your hyderate schedule.
Just keep sipping through the day and do not wait till your body tells you that you are thirsty.
Some people say it good for you, other say nay! Whom to believe? From own experience I sleep better if I don't consume anything after 6 o clock at night.
Coffee is great as a pre-workout.
When I drink coffee before I go to gym I break a sweat chop-chop.
Like caffeine it all depends who you asking. Some say red wine is better - others say Whisky. I find these wisdoms also depends a lot on which part of the country the Alcohol-Guru is coming from. I've even heard Vodka is the number one (potato juice). I myself are a hobbs consumer (sounds kind of healthy when one says it in the natural way)
My take on alcohol is just consume less! I won't say stop because that is the only way some people can get a personality. (when I consume)
One thing for sure, it does mess with one's metabolism and blood sugar.
Like beer, wine is even more natural juice and it's good but expect repercussions. When Eat a fruit be very careful for the sugar rushes and the cravings that is going to follow afterwards.
Eating one of two grapes is better than drink one or two glasses of wine. (cross fingers) because you are also getting some fiber in and it is more filling.
Juices and Sodas
Most fruit juices one buy in supermarket is just sweetened flavored water
Instead of drinking fruit juices and sodas that is water filled with flavoured chemicals rather have a real fruit.
Have you ever notice have many oranges it takes to make on glass of orange juice. Just think how much fructoses you are consuming when you are drinking one glass of juice.
When you are thirsty drink water and eat a real fruit.
Grains and wheat Products
Bread and Buns- should be avoided at all cost
Daily intake plan
While cardio exercise is good for the heart/blood sugar and for general weight control.
A person needs to do resistance training at least 3 times a week.
It is a know fact that a person after fourty start to lose muscle fiber. Most older people find it hard to move because they have become weak due to uncontrolled muscle loss.
Losing Muscles fibers is inevitable
By doing regular weight training regular one can slow down the weakening process.
It doesn't matter whether it is a pencil, keys or a few pounds. Whatever you loose your subconscious mind wants it back because it is a shocker to the system.
So be careful when you go on a weight lose journey, your mind is going to play tricks on you. To get back what it has lost
Unfortunately the first thing your loose when you go on calorie restricted diet is muscle fiber and you need the stuff burn the fat.
Drink more water
Exercise 30-45 minutes Daily
Get More Sleep
Think and Keep yourself busy with Positive thinks
This page is about a health recovery, a journey - maybe a journal
(not quite a daily journal). It is about sharing own experiences (trial and errors) and sharing the wisdom of others
Crossing over to the "otherside" - of fifty, I realized my mortalism and thinking of the years ahead. I knew my lifestyle had to changes, to be healthier and active for longer
Changing one's way from been a professional couch-potato to a more active/healthy lifestyle is not easy, in fact it is darn right Complicated.
After running out of excuses (you know the usual - knee, back and-and) I started using conditions (diabetes, heart, etc) as excuse for reason not been fit/active.
The classic old story of which was first, "the egg or the chicken?" was my revelation - was my lower back pain and bad knees there before my muscles became weak or after.
Lifestyle change had to be Made
It's the little things that has the most effects. Trying to improve by doing everyday task a little better each day. Things like cleaning that one drawer where everything gets thrown into.
Decluttering is big on the agenda but sofar progress has been slow. I must admit "I need a little Help from my Friends" and Family. Things change at one stage you had a need for stuff like a 4 bedroom house or 3 cars. Without realizing it you now don't need the majority of stuff in your space anymore - things that had value is now just clutter
I am really blessed to be surrounded by positive helpful young fit people at the Gym, in my workplace I have great clients and without the help of my super family this journey would have much slower.
First Tip! Surrounding yourself with positive people and when you don't show up, it feel like letting them down. I feel like a old dog for being lazy when they express sincere concern with things like "Have you been sick" or "Are you Ok". I do hope with this journal page I can inspire you to become more active and fit. It's not about being young again (come to terms that the boat has left the harbour). This page is more about having a good life on the "otherside" after fifty.
This page is also a place where I keep the wisdom from others - so if you see something that might belong to you drop me a line and will give you the recognition.
After searching and reading a lot of websites and blogs for information on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle after fifty. I have found lot of useful information but I have also found a lot of junk. Every second site wants to sell you something magic. Marketers will go to great lengths to punch the numbers in their favour.
The other thing I have learned from the internet is that we all have different bodies and we respond differently to stuff. Most of the guys and gals that is over 50 and still look like supermodels has been doing it for most of their life or they have been out of the fitness scene for a short period when they make this miraculous transformation. Again beware what are they trying to sell you.
Fitness! you cannot buy it in a book or in a packet. Taking training advice from a young personal trainer, is like taking dieting tips from your fat cousin.
Tip # two - Consistency
Consistency is the keyword to a healthier lifestyle. It doesn't matter if you go to the gym or you are just getting your hands dirty in the garden, just be consistent about it.
It's about forming new and better habits! Habits that get you off your butt and away from the booptub!
I have tried to delete some old outdated bad habits but have failed miserably in my quested. Replacing an old habits with new healthier ones is so much easier than trying to stop.
For Instance I was totally addicted to Coke and other flavoured chemical waters, it was just a losing battle when I tried to stop drinking carbonated sodas - but maybe I can discuss it in a another post. (old dog learning new tricks)
Thanks for stopping, hope to exchange more healthy ideas with you soon again
Should you be interested here are link to some of my old notes where I started the health journey http://www.pinepienaar.info/pines-health-journey.html