Category Archives: Fitness Benefits

What the heck makes exercise doable?

No one disputes the value of exercise. We live busy but sedentary lives that are peppered with stress — then we sprinkle questionable eating and drinking on top. Normal? Sure. Healthy? Probably not.

It is what it is……and we all know that exercise is a HUGE antidote. How can we keep at it ? After a lifetime of experimenting with exercise we have determined 2 eternal truths:

1) Regular exercise takes discipline
2) The less interesting the exercise, the more difficult the discipline.

Example: Hiking the Appalachian trail in autumn is good exercise and little discipline is required to stay at it. Running on a treadmill alone in your basement is good exercise, but it’s HUGE discipline to do it often.

Here’s the thing about spin: great exercise of course….but more important, there are things about it that make the discipline less intimidating. The music, the teacher, the group energy, the darkness, the class structure, the variety — these things conspire to make the exercise (dare I say it)….Fun. If something is fun, it doesn’t take as much discipline to do it.

Love to hear your thoughts comments or examples….

Weight loss – straight talk

OK, we’re not going to sugar coat it. A lot of information flies around out there, but there are some basics we feel make sense, most of this is from our favorite book “Younger Next Year.”   And darnit, it makes sense. In your gut, you know this stuff is true — let’s not overcomplicate:

Don’t diet. More than often diets don’t work. Get in shape! Change your lifestyle, live healthier.

Quit eating “crap”. Make a list of what you eat and cut out the crap. You know what it is. Don’t eat it.

Gaining weight really comes from eating more calories than you burn.

Your base metabolism (the rate at which you burn calories without doing a thing) goes down with age. This fact, and sedentary habits are where our guts come from after 40.

An American woman in her 50’s has to set her caloric intake to 1,400 calories per day to lose weight and 2,000 to maintain unless she exercises. Don’t starve yourself…..just get moving!

Cut calories by cutting portions.

Once you start exercising, you begin to see yourself differently because you feel differently. This makes exercise and eating right easier.
Simple wisdom, straight talking….something just sounds right about it. COME RIDE WITH US!

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