Working Mom’s Guide: What to do When Not Making Progress

All good things must come to an end; or at least that is how it feels sometimes. But in the realm of fitness why is this? We are in an amazing age of information where you can easily and quickly find just about anything you want on the internet. There are countless articles about fitness routines, diet options, and more; yet tons of people are still not meeting their fitness goals.

Why is this?

A Bit of Philosophy

Yes we are going to talk philosophy for a minute, but it is necessary. Far too often people accept things as they are and only react to the situations that happen around them. It is very rare that people take the time to enact or create change. Why? It boils down to a lack of specific goals and the all important focus.

The mind is an amazing thing. When we focus our minds on a given task it is very rare that we will not accomplish it. That is because with a clear goal in mind we are more prone to do everything we can to reach that goal. People don’t like to fail. But that is also the reason why people do not take the time to create specific goals. If you have a general goal of ‘getting in shape’ it is so arbitrary that how can you define if you meet it or don’t?

You can’t, which is why so many people use that for a New Year’s resolution; it is hard to fail at an arbitrary goal. But if you don’t have a finish line in mind how can you run the race?

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How to Make Exercise Fun


How to Make Exercise Fun

One of the things that I hate most about looking in the mirror and determining that it’s time to seriously consider getting myself in shape is the idea of setting up an exercise schedule. In my case, it’s even more difficult, since I don’t have the funds to hire a personal trainer or to join a fancy health club where they make sure that you get the results you’re looking for. No. Not me. However, I do have all the information I need and a ton of past experience to assist me in my exercise regimen endeavors. That’s not really the problem. It’s the motivation factor that has continually eluded me. At least that was the problem until I discovered something interesting about myself. I love to have fun!

Now this might sound a bit confusing, at first. After all, how many people do you know that actually look forward to an exercise session and say “I can’t wait to have some fun on that treadmill!”? Probably not many. But a slight adjustment in the way that I viewed my valuable exercise time made all the difference in the world. Here are some tips that you might be able to use the next time you get ready to get yourself in shape with a healthy exercise routine.

The first thing that you need to do is change your approach to the time that you’ve set aside to exercise. Remember, this is a reward to yourself – a way to be healthy and to have more energy for the things that you need and want to do throughout the day.

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Secondly, try to engage in exercise that involves other people! Why conduct all of your exercise in some isolated room inside your home, when group activities are so much more fun? How about a sport that can put a smile on your face – like tennis, for example? If you do decide to exercise alone in your home, don’t turn your exercise room into a dungeon. Remember – the key to your mental outlook is the environment that you create. This can mean playing some motivating, upbeat music when exercising.

Better still – you might want to invest in a small recording/playback gadget that will allow you play an audio book, written by your favorite author. In this way, you can tell yourself “Time to read my book!” instead of “Time to exercise.”

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The Fitness Advantage of Bow flex Workouts

The Fitness Advantage of Bow flex Workouts

Are you looking for an exercise equally effective to a gym workout, without actually visiting a gym? Regardless if you’re long time weight builder or just starting, there is now an alternative weight building equipment that you can use at home.

Everybody remembers the TV advertisement with a 50 year old woman who, through her Bow flex body, catches and carries a younger man easily. In reality, Bow flex machines are home exercise equipment that will allow you to build muscle mass by doing a workout thrice per week. The material used for Bow flex machines are durable and makes it easy for people to do workouts at home.

As the years go by, Bow flex keeps on improving and enhancing their workout equipment. The recent equipment they have is so effective and easy to use. In fact, you can use them any time of the day. They are also less bulky and take up little space in your home.

The Bow flex exercise routine involves circuit training. Circuit training requires you to use an entire set of machines in a single workout, giving you only a 60 second break before switching to the next machine. This keeps your pulse rate at a peak status even while lifting weights. With the many pieces of equipment provided by Bow flex, you can instantly with from abs workouts to arm and leg muscle building exercises.

A common problem in public gyms is that sometimes, you have to wait in line to use the equipment. With the Bow flex home gym, you don’t have to experience that. Thus, you can avoid the annoyance of waiting in line and let your body go through a refreshing workout uninterrupted.

What’s great about the Bow flex workout is that it actually works. After a few days or weeks of using the Bow flex machines, you will notice tremendous changes in your body and health. These small changes will encourage you to continue with your fitness routine.

If you’re more inclined towards cardiovascular workouts, you may also want to try out the Bow flex Tread Climber. These functions as a treadmill and stair stepper combined. Only with the Tread Climber, you can burn more calories than a normal treadmill. This piece of cardiovascular equipment also works out the legs and buttocks. All in all, it works wonders for your health.

The Bow flex machines and exercise equipment is highly preferable for busy working people, stay at home moms, and those who don’t want to spend extra money on expensive gym memberships. The best thing when you use Bow flex workouts is that you get to enjoy exercising in your own home at the time most convenient to you.