I am taking the plunge in doing this video to give you a little motivation and oomph to start some home workouts with hand weights. I was a little nervous to get on camera in this way. In the past, I have done other kinds of videos interviewing people, but this was a little different. I don’t know why, since I am in a lot of pictures from being a somewhat social media butterfly. I guess it’s because this video was focused on just me. All the pictures I have out there on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook are mainly with people and am not one of those solo selfie picture takers.
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Also, I am 54 years old and not a fitness expert, but I have been actively exercising all my life. I thought, “Who the heck am I to give tips on exercise when there are so many other people doing the same thing and much, much younger?” But hey, it’s my blog and it’s something I have been wanting to share because eating healthy and exercising are a very big part of my life and I have been doing it for over 30 years!
And I hope that at middle age, if you are there or not, you can strive to stay healthy for a lifetime besides keeping a clear positive mind and incorporating meditation to experience peace. Those three aspects body, mind and spirit need to be balanced for a happy and fulfilled life.
I want to show every day fitness because my body is not perfect as it ages. When I was doubting whether to post this after doing the video, I saw this tweet:
— Wellbelove (@wellbelove) January 24, 2015
So, I went with my heart and my goal in this video is to mainly show you that if I can do it at my age, then anyone can if you are in decent health. Knock on wood, I am in good health. I can imagine it is difficult for some people to exercise and lose weight because of health reasons. I have alot of compassion for anyone that is struggling with any health issue.
I know how easy it is to make excuses to not go to the gym because about a year and a half ago, I felt like I had lost my exercise mojo for the first time in over 30 years. I found myself making silly excusese that I would never have before, ie. “I’m tired, I’m lazy, I’m not in the mood, I have to do xyz, etc.” On and on, it was so easy to find excuses, where before I would stop everything and go to the gym or do the hand weights at home. And to top it off, during that time, I even stopped my home workouts! It was a vicious circle that was getting the best of me.
These were some of my Facebook statuses during that time:
Anyway, I finally snapped out of it mainly by telling me son to motivate me to go the gym. Actually, I begged him to push me out of the house. It was that bad. He is 21 and works out regularly at the gym. And boy, what an ordeal it was getting used to the weights again and feeling that burn in the muscles. At least, muscle remembers and they started appearing again. Whew! So if that was just 4-6 months, I could imagine how difficult it must be if you have hardly ever exercised.
Later on, I will share some tips of how I eat without dieting. Today, I just want to inspire you to get your body moving just a little. I now go to the gym regularly, but also have some home weights when I don’t have time to the gym. Usually, I spend about 15 to 30 minutes doing home workouts. Sometimes more depending on how many times I have gone to the gym in that week. I also have a yoga mat and do situps and other floor exercises for the lower body and a pilates reformer. You can incorporate these simple exercises with some cardiovascular by walking around the neighborhood and little by little expand to more exercises. The key is to start and never look back and never make an excuse. Think of exercise like brushing your teeth, something you do every day. You can’t NOT do it.
So I hope you enjoy the video and let me know what you think. Thanks for watching :)