Exercise Tip of the Day ... Use Shorter Workouts to Build Consistency
Most experts recommend that you exercise up to 90 minutes most days of the week, emphasizing that you gradually work your way up to that duration. However, a recent study conducted at Boston Sports Clubs found that participants who exercised for 20-30 minutes did so more consistently than those involved in 45-60 minute workout sessions. This study shows that you're more likely to stick to a shorter duration workout than a longer one.
Action Sparked: If you're having trouble staying consistent with exercise, try a shorter workout session. Tell yourself that you'll exercise for 10 or 15 minutes, and follow through with it. Of course 10 minutes of exercise is better than totally skipping a workout. But, once you've hit that small goal (whether it's 5, 10, or 20 minutes), ask yourself if you could keep going. You may find that planning on a short workout is enough to get you to the gym, and once you're there, you can do a lot more than you thought.
Exercise Extra: Treat these 10 minutes like you would a regular workout. Take 1-2 minutes to warm up and get the muscles ready, including stretching. Follow with at least 7 minutes of exercise at a medium or high intensity. Then make sure to include a 60-second cool down.
My WI update ... OMG ... if anyone says that the diet I'm on doesn't work then it's only because their not following it. I'm down yet another pound this morning. (201) The funny thing is, I almost didn't weigh in this morning cause I was scared to death of the carbs I ate yesterday. The first week was all low carb foods. I was supposed to stay at 20 grams but I averaged about 25 a day. I don't think I even hit 20 or less the whole week. Anyway ... since I have been on the Atkins plan before I just knew adding carbs would be the death of me, then to add in the fact that I haven't been able to really exercise since Thursday has thrown me for a loop.
So ... I believe that for my body & this diet the key to adding in your carbs is timing and quality. I was able to have 2 meals with carbs yesterday. Instead of white rice I went with brown and instead of prepackaged instant oatmeal I went with old fashioned oats.
<-- $ 28.99 at GNC right now. It's a power buy which means if you don't get it soon the price will shoot back up to $39.99. DH bought me a new kind of protein powder ... his was really discusting, took everything I had to get it down without gagging. Thie new stuff though ... OMG, you open the lid & it takes everything you have not to dive into it & eat it like it is. (chocolate)