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I love my recumbent bike and what is does for my *bottom half*, but I don't always balance it with a similar workout for my arms, so I started using a small weight and doing some bicep curls, etc., while I ride. Every little bit helps!
After I wash & dry the laundry & it's ready to fold, I place the basket full on the floor and bend at the waist for picking up each and every piece one by one, stand up straight at the edge of the table top, place my item on the table and fold. **This is a little added bonus to my exercise!**
If I'm not feeling like doing a workout or I'm on the treadmill or the stationary Bike and can't seem to get my heart rate up, I act like a boxer and throw some punches. It always gets my HR up, it brings my focus back to the workout, and gets me back into the "I am an athlete" frame of mind.
Along with strength and cardio training for my body, I've been doing daily facial exercises with the Facercise video. I've gotten rid of the double chin and jowls that had started to develop. My whole face is feeling and looking more toned. Inexpensive facelift....woo hoo!
Whenever I execise I try to take it one small step further each time. Along with my pedometer I bought 2lb ankle weights and wear them both all day. I forget that I am wearing them. I wear the weights around the house, doing yardwork, grocery shopping you name it. Go the extra
I used to think that exercising 5 days straight was the best thing I could do. However, by day 4-5 I was wiped out, and felt like my workout was really suffering. Now I work out, Mon. Tues. take a break on Wed. Work out on Thurs-Sat, break on Sunday. It gives my body time to recoup :)
Weights: A few brief intense sets only once a week is all that is needed for optimal results.