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Too cold to exercise?

Friday, October 21, 2011

The leaves are falling and so are the temperatures. When the weather starts to cool down, many people will think that it is too cold to work out. I used to be one of those people, but not anymore.

Just because it gets colder outside doesn't mean that your activity needs to go into hibernation. Staying active can be as simple as moving inside. I haven't been in everyone's house, but I would assume that most people have a VCR, DVD player and a decent TV. Just right there you already have two-thirds of a great workout. All you need now is a workout video.

I know, workout videos have a bad reputation. They are only for Richard Simmons fans who want to sweat to the oldies, or for the stay-at-home moms in their leg warmers and leotards. But the simple fact is that there is much more to it. With the popularity of workout programs like P90X more and more people are turning their living room into a fat-burning, calorie-shredding workout facility.

P90X is pretty expensive, but not all videos are. In fact, I would imagine that you can go to a used book store or some other similar retailer and find one for less than $15. It may be a little outdated, but the calories will melt away just the same. I personally own a TaeBo video which is incredibly intense, so much so that since I bought it early on in my college days, I have yet to finish the workout. My wife also has a few that are more focused on abs, buns, cardio, etc. Any way you slice it, the workouts will get your heart rate up and muscles working and I would bet that the sweat would be coming pretty quickly. I know it does for me.

There are countless workout videos for different goals. Do your research and find a video that fits the objectives you want to achieve. After all, it wouldn't make sense to get a video that focuses on firming your buns when you want to firm your abs or tone your arms.

Last week, I promised that I would announce a drop in weight. I was getting worried because it has been a stressful week and I haven't been home much at all, but I managed to drop a pound. It isn't much, but it is a start on my way to recovery.

Speaking from experience, I know it is discouraging and sometimes depressing when you work hard and lose some weight then get stuck in a rut and the weight slowly creeps back on. I know, I'm there now. I got so close to breaking into the 290s and now I'm basically back at square one. Just keep at it, keep that inspiration going, keep the support going.

Just think of it like this, if you are pushing a truck down the road, it is hard to get it moving. Once you get it moving, it gets easier and easier. Once that truck stops, it's hard to get it moving again. The key to success is not letting that truck stop. Keep moving forward and never look back.

Michael Pommier
The Shrinking Man