Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Loved this Biggest Loser Dazzling Diamonds challenge to get outside. So simple and easy just to get outside at least 5 minutes per day! But it made me conscious to make sure I got outside each day. I am so glad because the weather in Michigan in fall is just beautiful. The weather has been warmer than usual, although finally starting to cool off some. Most days have been sunny, although there were a few rainy days this week. But even in the drizzle, it was nice to be outside and smell the outdoors. One of the things that is nice about being outside is that you awaken all your senses. Obviously there is so much to see and observe. But the sense of hearing is a big part of being outside, as the sounds are so different from the sounds of indoors. You hear the wind or breeze, the bird songs, the leaves rustling, the sounds of animals scurrying through the woods, and insects chirping. I love the fresh smell of the outdoors, the smell of the pines.
Finally, being outside is a chance to just enjoy the environment and be away from the normal daily cares. I think I may adopt this practice every day, just to make sure I get outside every day!
Friday, March 08, 2013
My week started out well. I did the Jillian Michaels Beginner Video. Wow, it's supposed to be for beginners, but it challenged me! Circuit 1 starts out with 3 circuits of 30 Jumping Jacks, 10 squats, and 10 Push-ups. So total of 90 Jumping Jacks, 30 squats and 30 Push-ups. OK I remember in grade school how easy Jumping Jacks seemed. but not anymore. By the end of that circuit, I was tired! I will never take Jumping Jacks for granted again!
My strength training was hindered because I had a business trip to Chicago (Yes got to be in the foot of snow that fell while I was there). I did get in some walking as well as plenty of exercise cleaning the snow off my car!
Improvement plan: Back in the office, Need to move at least every few hours, Also try to do Jillian Michaels at least 3 times per week.
Saturday, March 02, 2013
The new habit I want to work on is daily exercise. This is the part of my health that I struggle with the most. I especially have trouble with this because I have a job that is sedentary in nature (taxes.) I go for many hours without getting up from my computer. At the end of the day I am exhausted and find it hard to get motivated to start exercise.
I need to overcome these obstacles and work daily exercise into my routine.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
My new habit is related to a new scale I recently purchased. It is the EatSmart GetFit Body Digital Body Fat Scale made by HealthTools.
What is cool about this scale is it uses a low-level electronic impulse to measure your body fat percentage, body water percentage and muscle mass percentage as well as bone mass in pounds.
I thought this would be a great way to not just view the weight in pounds but also pay attention to how the weight is composed. Two people who weigh 160 pounds could have very different fitness levels. One who has a higher muscle mass percentage and lower body fat percentage will be more fit than one who has a high body fat percentage and a low muscle mass.
What I found out is that currently my body fat percentage is too high and my muscle mass percentage is way too low. Also, my total body water percentage is below normal.
The way to lower the body fat percentage is a combination of watching the calories/healthy diet and exercise. Increasing the muscle mass percentage involves strength training. And increasing the body water percentage means drinking more water. I will address each of these in more detail in future blogs on new habits.
My new habit for today is daily weighing and recording of all 4 items on my new scale, that is body fat percentage, body water percentage, muscle mass percentage, and total body weight. Using this scale will help keep me from being discouraged if my overall weight doesn't go down as fast as I want, despite exercising. I may be able to see improvement in body fat percentage or muscle mass percentage even if the weight doesn't drop, so will know I am making progress. Or if one of the measurements starts going in the wrong direction, I will be able to troubleshoot my fitness plan to try to see what I need to change.
By the way, I have no affiliation with this company. It is just a scale I saw recommended on Amazon. Cost was a little over $50 on Amazon.
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