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How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution to Keep Fit

Posted on 04 January 2010 by Liza Mae V.

It is a New Year and one of the most common resolutions is to lose weight (19%) and keep fit (10%), according to a Marist poll taken in December .   I have been going to the gym for years and year after year it is the same, the gym is flooded with New Year’s Resolutioners and a month later, it slowly dies down.  I must admit I was one of those people and not til the recent years have I changed my outlook on keeping fit.  Realize that exercise isn’t a goal, it is a lifestyle change.  Here are some tips on how to keep your New Year’s Resolution to keeping fit:

1.  Set a Practical Health Goal – So we lose ourselves with numbers of losing 10-20 pounds but what really matters is your health, so challenge yourself and set practical goals.  This is some examples I have used in the past:

– Time how fast you can run up and down stairs until you get exhausted
– In a given time period say 2 minutes, see how many times you can run up and down a hill
– Time how long you can hold a plank and squat, this tests if you are improving in strength

2.  Set a Weekly Goal – Making goals of losing 10lbs will be short lived because it is a superficial goal which really has no substance behind it.  I find that having a weekly goal like losing a pound a week is more realistic.  Even if you don’t lose any weight, keep in mind that you are losing inches, so measure those hips, arms, thighs, etc. Also, try to take the Fat test which calculates the % of fat you have and occasionally check if this percent has decreased.

3.  Schedule 7 Days of Exercise – You think I must be crazy. The thoughts also included ‘I am too busy. When do I have the time?’ I didn’t say you need to workout 7 days, I just said schedule 7 days because if you only schedule 3 days, sometimes life happens and you fall short of this goal and you’ll end up only exercising 2 days. At least with 7 days in mind, if life happens, you may only exercise 4 or 5 days which is better than 2 days. Also this puts you in a mindset that allows exercise to be a part of your life, instead of a hassle.

My New Workout Regiment:

Monday: Circuit Training
Tuesday: Hip Hop
Wednesday: Cardio
Thursday: Circuit Training
Friday: Cardio
Saturday: Yoga Challenge
Sunday: Hot Yoga

Set unachievable goals because you’ll be surprised, they are easier than achievable goals.

4. Go with a Workout Partner – Sometimes when your down and out, a workout partner will motivate you to move. Sometimes little push was all you needed.  In my relationship, my boyfriend was the one whom kept on pushing me to workout when I was feeling lazy.  Now after that initial push, I maintained it on my own because I changed the way I live and the way I think about working it.  I love how it makes me feel especially on a stressful day after work.

5. Find an Activity that you Love – When you associate yourself with working out, you think weights, treadmill, bike, etc.  I even get bored of this but there are other ways to keep fit so you won’t get bored of the same monotonous routine.   That is why I have Yoga and Hip Hop on my schedule.   Try joining an organized sports team for it obliges you to go out and exercise.  I’m sure there will be a hobby for you that will motivate you to keep on moving.

I hope this will help you on your journey to becoming a better YOU!

– Liza Mae

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new season … new workout schedule

Posted on 11 September 2009 by Liza Mae V.

My regular routine for the past four months was to wake up with mi amore and work out with him.  I was really getting used to this routine but now that he is away, my life schedule has to change.  I decided to move my workouts to the evenings because the mornings are becoming darker and as a female, I am too afraid to be running around by myself.  Also, I figure that I have more time to kill and it will also keep my mind off things.  Of course weekends are an exception, so I will workout in the morning on the weekends.

So my workout schedule will be as follows:

Monday – Upper Body / Abs
Tuesday – Hip Hop
Wednesday – Running / Hills
Thursday – Legs or Hot Yoga*
Friday – Upper Body / Abs
Saturday – Running / Hills
Sunday – Legs

* Hot Yoga is new to me, so I’ll attempt one class and if I like it then I will continue. If not then I will just do legs.

What I find is that we lack motivation to workout but I have found my motivation … mi amore.  So I can look sexy for him when I see him again.  =)

TGIF

– Liza Mae

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Bring Some Sunshine to your Workouts

Posted on 21 May 2009 by Liza Mae V.

I kick on my running shoes, my iPod in my jacket pocket, and water bottle in hand.  I look at my left hand with my stop watch at 00:00:00 and press start.  I am on my way to my planned destination of Withrow park.  I smell the air, feel the breeze on my face, and listen to my currently added album of Ciara – Fantasy Ride.  Something about this time of year brings excitement in the air.  People are generally happier due to the increase of mercury and sunshine, including myself.

So instead of working out in the gym, I take my workout outside.  I know I can get easily distracted and demotivated, so this brings a little more excitement to the mundane workout.   Last year my bf has trained me on how to do ‘practical workouts’ with using things that are available to us.  Here are some exercises you can do outdoors, main focus is lower body:

  1. Squats – Great for thighs and butt
  2. Step-Ups (both legs) – use a park bench, they are available everywhere
  3. Walking Lunges – place a marker for your finish line, feels great to finish instead of counting
  4. Calf Raises – reminds me of ballet and love the results of ballerinas lean legs

2 sets of 25 with a 30 to 40 seconds rest in between.  If you are new at working out, your rest period can be longer but try to shorten it every time to make the workout more intense.

I am a little crazy so after all this, I do sprints up and down a hill and time myself to see how much I have improved.   I run up and down …

  • 3x – 2 sets
  • 2x – 2 sets
  • 1x – 2 sets

Some days I just don’t have the time to do all this so I setup an obstacle course with a variation of the exercises above.  Quick 30 minute workout.  It consists of running to one park bench to another, then running around trees, and sprinting up stairs.  As long as you plan on what your obstacle course is, I find it very effective.  I time this as well, so that I have a goal in getting better each time.

So pick up your kicks and soak up the sun while working out.  You will get a fit body and a tan!!

– Liza Mae

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Vision & Goals: Keep it Moving

Posted on 16 April 2009 by Liza Mae V.

I realized that I will not be able to meet deadlines due to unexpected life occurrences.   Also, goals seem to change as priorities shift and realities kick in.  This is not to say that I am totally dreading life, but I am actually enjoying the little moments that make up my day.  I pushed off some of my goals to spend time with mi amore, family, and friends.

Last weekend for Easter I spent time with my girlfriends to celebrate Wan Ting’s birthday with dinner at a Korean restaurant, then karaoke.  While we were singing my heart out to Flo Rida – Right Round, Britney Spears – Womanizer, and Usher – Love in this Club, mi amore spent time catching up with his ex.  I like this balance in our relationship where we do not have to do everything together, we have our separate lives outside of the relationship.  I’ve learned that mi amore may not like doing all the things that I like to do, so instead of him compromising his time, I will do it on my own.  Fortunately enough, we have more things in common than not, so this is not an issue.

On Easter Sunday, we went to my family to have lunch.  I always enjoy spending time with my family, especially with the kiddies.  I have three nephews, all under the age of three.

Mi Amore, friends, and family are my priorities and spending time with them is worth pushing some deadlines further.

My updated update:

  • House is rented for May 1, so many things have to be done around the house (basement reno, cleaning, installation of washer/dryer, and small touch-ups)
  • Edit lizamae[dot]com’s Posts from LJ – estimated 250 posts (May 16)
  • Edit photos for web portfolio/photo book/flickr (June 1)
  • Design website for www.luxavision.com (July 1)
  • Get more photography clients (on going)
  • Work-out schedule (Mon – Cycling | Tue – Hip Hop | Wed – Cross-training | Thu – Running | Fri – Cross-Traing, Sat – Running | Sun – Cross-Training)  One to two days I will be resting, I’m not that psycho.  lol

– Liza Mae

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