The New Year has come and gone, so have most of our resolutions to exercise.
My wife and I purchased gym memberships a couple months ago. Ask me how many times she went? As a result, I had to motivate myself to go after work, and I did, for a month or so.
I’m the type person who doesn’t like to be rushed, and the fact my wife wasn’t going, shortened my time at the gym.
Why pay for a gym membership and not go? So I did what most people do, I canceled the membership.
Exercising the old school way
Since my gym days ended, I’ve reverted to good ol’ fashion push-ups and sit-ups. I know, it’s an unglamorous way to exercise but you know what? It works.
Each night after work, I lay on the living room floor with my two year-old twins, let both climb on my back and pump out two sets of 10-12 reps of push-ups.
With my knees bent, I count aloud for my kids. Not only am I working out for free I’m teaching my kids how to count.
Taking Weight Watcher lunches to work
Never in my lifetime did I think I would carry a blue insulated lunch box, filled with fruit and a Weight Watchers to lunch.
It’s true; I fling the lunchbox strap around my shoulder and walk the hallway to my office. It’s a bit embarrassing if you ask me.
The Weight Watchers point system is a gem, as calories are converted to points, which makes it easy to choose food within my point range. Their microwave lunches have points on the front box, so I know exactly how many points I’m eating.
The first week I began Weight Watchers I lost 6-pounds. Don’t get me wrong, I was hungry, irritable and drank water to curb my hunger.
Standing instead of sitting at work
In addition to eating their lunches, I stand at work any chance I get. In my last job, I converted my desk into a stand up, using printer tables and monitor extensions.
It looked awkward and sparked someone asking the question, “Is that a fire hazard?” And so, my setup was dismantled. Thankfully, my supervisor saw my seriousness and ordered me a legitimate stand up desk.
The first few days standing hurt my feet. To curb the pain I bought a fatigue mat at Home Depot and placed it directly beneath me.
The immediate benefits of standing were continual movement, I no longer felt chilly and I drank more water. Standing made me move away from my computer more frequently as well, causing less redness in my eyes.
Getting older is no fun because taking care of responsibilities comes first, which leaves little time for exercising. I also have to get it through my thick skull, I’m not 19, able to hit the gym and drink shakes with whey protein powder and creatine to stay ripped.
I’m an old fart now, so I have to make small changes in my everyday life to keep my weight from ballooning.
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