TIPS: Fool Yourself Into Exercising More!

Tip Days are Tuesdays and Thursdays. This month of tips will be devoted to Exercise.

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Here are some tips on how to easily add more exercise into your life! Some were previously mentioned during the Weekly Challenge of Stair Up (and Down!) but all are great tips worth emphasizing:

TIP #19 – JUST PARK IT ALREADY!: We waste so much time looking for a parking space closest to our destination, whether it be in a parking lot or in the street.  Just grab a spot a bit farther away from your destination than you normally do.  You’ll save time, and just as importantly, you’ll have the opportunity to walk a little further and get into better shape.  Notice  how I said you’ll have the opportunity to walk farther, not that you will have to walk farther.  As you get into better shape, you will relish the opportunity to squeeze in a little extra walking, rather than dreading it.  You’ll see!

TIP #20 – THE MILE OR LESS RULE: Getting into the habit of walking and biking will help save on expenses, such as carfare and gas, and will help the environment as well. Add physical activity into your daily routine. Whether you are doing errands or visiting a friend, make it a priority to walk and bike, especially if the destination is less than a mile away.

TIP #21 – WALK AND TALK: Never sit while on the phone.  If possible, walk back and forth while talking on the phone at home.  Pace like a madman!  You wouldn’t believe how many extra calories you can burn while talking on the phone!

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If you missed last week’s tips, click here.

Wednesdays and Fridays are recipe days! I’ll be posting recipes given to me by my next door neighbor, Chef Chumley. You can read more about him by clicking here. Come back tomorrow for another recipe!

~ Sherri <3

 

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TIPS: Getting FOCUSED!

Tip Days are Tuesdays and Thursdays. This month of tips will be devoted to Exercise.

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Here are some tips on getting FOCUSED:

TIP #17 – WELL GYM-INY CRICKET:   If it’s within your budget, join a gym.  There are some good gyms that you can join for as little as $10 per month.  That comes out to 33  cents a day.  You’ll get most of the exercise equipment that you’ll ever need.  Plus, making a trip to the gym is almost like going to a meeting place.  You feel like you’re really going out and doing something.  You’ll see the same friendly, supportive faces every day.  That will certainly help motivate you.  Seeing all of those people, many of whom have similar goals as you, will push you to higher achievements.

TIP #18 – WHAT A TURN-OFF!:  But a good one!  Turn off those electrical devices.  TV off!  Phone off!  Computer off!  Walk, jog, go to the gym.  So much wasted time is spent on these confounded contraptions that we neglect the best, most sophisticated contraption that we were ever blessed with, our bodies!

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If you missed last week’s tips, click here.

Wednesdays and Fridays are recipe days! I’ll be posting recipes given to me by my next door neighbor, Chef Chumley. You can read more about him by clicking here. Come back tomorrow for another recipe!

~ Sherri <3

 

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Exercise Weekly Challenge #4: WALK, Don’t Drive!

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I was born into a family that enjoys walking. I mean, REALLY enjoys walking. In fact, although we live far enough from grocery stores to justify taking a car, they mostly walk anyway to do a lot of errands.

In contrast, most people in L.A. completely forget that walking is an option, even if the errand is a mere few blocks away. The automatic knee-jerk reaction is to hop into a car to take care of whatever needs to be accomplished.

Imagine what kind of shape we would be in if we consciously try walking or biking, at least to the closer destinations. A little bit goes a long way. This week when I am doing errands or visiting friends or whatever the outing may be, if the destination is within a mile or less, instead of putting the keys into the ignition, I will be moving one foot in front of the other to get there. This week it’s the mile or less rule, if I am going to a place a mile or less away, walking it will be.

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Week #4: WALK, DON’T DRIVE!

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TIPS: Spice Up Your Routine

Tip Days are Tuesdays and Thursdays. This month of tips will be devoted to Exercise.

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Here are tips on getting extra exercise while slowly building up stamina:

TIP #14 – CHANGE IS GOOD:   Change the workouts (try something new). Variety is the spice of life. And for exercises. Sometimes walk, sometimes bike, sometimes swim.. Walk up stairs. Don’t fall into a rut. Don’t let yourself get bored. It’s the surest way to give up on your regimen. Don’t let your routine become routine.

TIP #15 – REACH FOR THE SKY:  Repetitive exercises tend to make our muscles shorter and stiffer. Exercises that repeat the same motion over and over, such as biking, running, or weightlifting, fit into this category. Longer, more supple muscles tend to be more efficient. Buy or take out a book from the library on stretching (or yoga). You can even go online and look up various stretching exercises. Make stretching a part of your daily routine.

TIP #16 – MAKE IT FUN!:  Exercise should not be some dreary and dreadful task. There are plenty of exercises that are just plain fun. Tennis, Dancing, zumba, yoga, basketball, or simply walking are all great ways to stay in shape. So instead of equating working out with a treadmill and a bunch of dumbbells, try something that keeps you motivated and have a good time. But dont forget what makes you glum, I might find fun.  While many of you find running, jogging and lifting weights to be boring and tedious, if you find it to be fun, go out and do it!

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If you missed last week’s few tips, click here.

Wednesdays and Fridays are recipe days! I’ll be posting recipes given to me by my next door neighbor, Chef Chumley. You can read more about him by clicking here. Come back tomorrow for another recipe!

~ Sherri <3

 

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TIPS: Proper Care of Your Body

Tip Days are Tuesdays and Thursdays. This month of tips will be devoted to Exercise.

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Here are some tips on helping keeping track of your EXERCISE:

TIP #12 – THE BUILD-UP:  You need a place to start. Its like starting a car. When you’re about to drive it’s not a very good idea to slam your foot on the accelerator and go full speed. It can tear up the engine and cause many problems. That is why you should ease into your workout and slowly build on it. First, go for a walk.  When, or if, you’re up to it, you can try to incorporate running into your routine (but you don’t have to). The worst thing would be to do too much and then to get hurt. Start slowly and then increase!

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TIP #13 – EAT AND SLEEP PROPERLY:  Without exercise you may eventually get sick . WITHOUT PROPER FOOD AND SLEEP, YOU WILL GET SICK!

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If you missed last week’s tips, click here.

Wednesdays and Fridays are recipe days! I’ll be posting recipes given to me by my next door neighbor, Chef Chumley. You can read more about him by clicking here. Come back tomorrow for another recipe!

~ Sherri <3

 

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Exercise Weekly Challenge #3: Right on Schedule!

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Life it tends to get busy. Lets face it, how many times do you come back from a hard day and say “I guess I should go to the gym but… maybe I’ll just wait till tomorrow.”

Instead of making the gym the extra thing to do if time permits it, look at your weekly schedule (or write one up If you don’t already have one) and see what time would work best for you. Maybe it would be in the morning before work starts during a lunch break, or at night. Whenever it is make sure you write it in and stick to it! Set an alarm on your phone or computer if you need a reminder. Focus this week on making exercise an official part of your day, make it the ice cream not the cherry on top/sprinkles

 

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Week #3: RIGHT ON SCHEDULE!

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TIPS: Goal & Rewards!

Tip Days are Tuesdays and Thursdays. This month of tips will be devoted to Exercise.

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Here are tips on getting extra exercise while slowly building up stamina:

TIP #10 – SET A GOAL:  Setting goals are what keep you motivated. Pick an accomplishment that you want to achieve.  It might be to walk 30 minutes quickly, at a brisk pace.  Maybe it would be to build up and take part in a 5k (3.1 miles) walk or run.  Whatever it may be write down your goal, tell a friend, or sign up for the event, and work toward achieving your goal.

TIP #11 – JUST REWARDS: Reward yourself for achieving your goal.

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If you missed last week’s few tips, click here.

Wednesdays and Fridays are recipe days! I’ll be posting recipes given to me by my next door neighbor, Chef Chumley. You can read more about him by clicking here. Come back tomorrow for another recipe!

~ Sherri <3

 

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TIPS: Keeping Track of Your Exercise

Tip Days are Tuesdays and Thursdays. This month of tips will be devoted to Exercise.

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Here are some tips on helping keeping track of your EXERCISE:

TIP #8 – RIGHT ON SCHEDULE! - Put into your schedule  a specific time to do it- Instead of trying to fit workouts into your hectic schedule, look at your calendar and plan specific times dedicated to doing it.

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TIP #9 – DO IT AND LOG IT! –  Keep an exercise log.  By keeping a fairly accurate, though informal, record   of your exercises, you can always look back, and see with pride what you have thus far  accomplished.  Also, if things are going well and you start feeling great, you’ll be able to look back and see what you’ve been doing right.  If you’re feeling tired, sore or sluggish, you’ll be able to look back and see what you might be doing wrong.

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If you missed last week’s tips, click here.

Wednesdays and Fridays are recipe days! I’ll be posting recipes given to me by my next door neighbor, Chef Chumley. You can read more about him by clicking here. Come back tomorrow for another recipe!

~ Sherri <3

 

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Exercise Weekly Challenge #2: Keep on Stretchin’!

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Flexibility is a key player in exercise performance. When you are flexible you can increase the intensity and speed with way more ease, which gives you a better workout. Plus, it reduces the risk of injury.

I often fall short of stretching after a hard workout. Many times happy to have just completed my exercise routine I will be in a hurry, I would simply rush into the shower and get ready to go and simply skip over the stretching part. NOT THIS WEEK. This week I am giving each workout the proper 15 minutes of stretching I need. I am sure after this week my body will thank me. Getting ready to reach for the sky!

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Week #2: KEEP ON STRETCHIN’!

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Weekend Round-Up: Exercise, Week #1

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How was your week?  These summer weeks sure seem to fly by!

This week was one of my favorite challenges, Stair Down (& Up). I love this challenge, and usually try to integrate this into my life as often as possible.  In addition to being a great way to get extra exercise, sometimes taking the stairs is faster than taking a slow escalator ride behind people who don’t move. One of our Facebook fans even offered a helpful tip, to park at the far end of a parking lot to get an extra bit of walk in while running errands. Feel free to come up with your own ways to add a little more easy exercise into your daily routine!

In case you missed it, here were some of our top posts of the past week. (You can either click on them, or scroll down and review all of our past posts.)

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Weekly Challenge: Stair Down (And Up)!

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Tips: Exercising With Outside Influences

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Recipe: A Favorite from Around the Web: Quinoa & Black Beans

See you tomorrow with a brand-new Weekly Challenge for the month of Exercise!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

~Sherri <3

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