Routine Maintenance

I’m a member of a Facebook group where several ladies share about their exercise activities. Everybody is positive and the more experienced ones recommend workouts or ideas for the ones who are newer to regular exercise. It helps to motivate everyone. And I noticed one other thing: Those who are accustomed to regular daily exercise help to normalize the idea for the newer ladies that YES, this is something we do every day, 5-6 days a week. It also helps to reinforce for an old hand like me that YES, this is something that everybody has to do, not just Big Losers like me.

I think sometimes people who don’t have an ingrained sense of how much work weight loss or maintenance can be need to see how much of a daily chore it really is. Just like brushing your teeth or going into work, it’s something that needs to be done, and it’s something that those of us who are doing it regularly often don’t bother mentioning because well, it’s a habit. I don’t come on here every day and tell you what I did, but if it’s a week day you can be sure I did something. Yesterday I ran a 5K route, today I did a 30-minute circuit training workout. Tomorrow I’m going to run again, the day after I’ll do another circuit training bout. Like clockwork.

I guess I’m like a broken record these days, but this is really working for me. Work hard, sweat, get out of breath, face red, feeling like I’m gonna die, for 30-60 minutes a day, 5-6 days a week. And eat sensibly, keep it under ~1600 to 1700 calories a day, most days.

So, what do you do regularly for exercise? If you haven’t found the thing yet that you can keep doing forever, how are you looking? When’s the last time you tried something new, or something outside of your comfort zone?


2 Responses to “Routine Maintenance”

  1. Allison Says:

    Last night I tried Pilates for the first time. I got there about 10 minutes early and said to myself in the car “I am going to love this.” And I did, and it was so nice to be trying something new.

    Mostly though, I like to walk. But I have a long way to go, and I am trying to get sweaty 2-3 times a week for 30 minutes in addition to walking!

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