up with those people who perpetually stay in shape, no matter
what their schedules throw them? Are they part of a smug
percentage of humans who are genetically superior in discipline
and physical abilities? Recent research has revealed that
there is such an animal. So how about the majority of us
who are less genetically fortunate? All the people who are
stuck in the fast lane, trying to balance work, family and
the existence of Martha Stewart without succumbing to the
downward pull of gravity on our rear ends?
If youve been in good shape in the
past, chances are you found a way to incorporate your workouts
into your schedule at a time most feasible for you, in a
way that was at least somewhat enjoyable. If you fell away
from your workout schedule, it was probably due to boredom,
a schedule change, or attempts to fit your workouts into
a time frame that wasnt compatible with the demands
of your daily life. When you lose momentum in your workout
schedule, its easy to fall away from it and feel defeated.
I have managed to stay in reasonably good
shape for many years by sticking to a few basic principles:
I only workout in ways that
I workout when I am at my most
energetic time of day
If I travel and cant get
to a gym, I use a few basic exercises to address my major
When I find myself avoiding my
workouts, I find a new workout method, find a workout buddy,
or add something new to my current routine. I make sure
to incorporate stretching into my routine in a non-ballistic,
slow-motion style so it feels enjoyable, not difficult.
Youve heard the expression, "Dont
try this at home? Heres the exception. If your
workout style is hit-or-miss, here are some basic exercises
to try at home or while traveling. You can add them to your
current workout method or rely on them when you cant
fit a workout into your day.
Knees are in a straight line over feet. Abdominals
are tucked in.
Rise up on toes, keeping the basic position the same.
Place feet shoulder-wide apart. Hands are in line
Slow motion push-ups. Lower slowly then rise up at
the same pace. Start with one & work up to 20.
Keep feet together if possible.
Tighten & tuck "abs". Tap heels together
3 times, repeat.