This is What Happens When You Stop Working Out?

Simple solution… just don’t stop!!

https://www.yahoo.com/health/this-is-what-happens-when-you-stop-exercising-113355357618.html

It’s interesting that this study also reveals that exercising has a positive effect on the physical brain and not only the mental state or mind.

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Birthday’s, New Year, Injuries, Resolutions

Technically one’s birthday is the start of a personal new year. Yesterday was mine and as my mate wisely told me that it is a day to reflect on the past year and figure out what to do, where to be for the new one. So I get to reflect twice in quick succession once for my personal new year and once for…well New Years, rather strenuous work. I was considering whether I would make two resolutions, try and test one for a couple of days, or make one big resolution. Either way I got to thinking about my resolution(s).
I’m currently on a short (hopefully short) injury induced break from most of my heavy training, exercise, and working out. I find that not being able to train is difficult, painful, and upsetting. Working out for me is not only about the results, but also about the day to day journey – both of which may suffer because of the injury setback. This is all really part of the journey. The struggle, personally, is to be okay with it and not allow it to get me down which is the mindset that health and fitness has given me over the past several years. To enjoy the journey, not just the results. It helps. Which brings me back to considering my resolution and options…. Hmmm it’s a difficult one this year. I think I know the direction I’m going to go with it. I will have a definite decision by New Years.

A Testing Lift

With a combined weight of close to 600 pounds, moving each of the two boxes was a real life test physically and mentally. I was asked if I could help move these boxes from the truck and up a few steps to the back yard. I agreed wholeheartedly without seeing them, but I assumed from the casualness and tone of the request that the boxes were a maximum weight of 50 pounds each. It turned out that the first box weighed almost 300 pounds and the second box weighed just over 300 pounds. They were huge boxes. No, began to seem like the better answer, but I already said yes. I had to try. I had to try because of all the time I spend lifting weights at the gym. I had to try and see if my physical strength that exists during my workout could be applied to lifting boxes, when tasked, at any given time of day. It took some lifting, maneuvering, breathing, and breaks, but with the help of the shipping guy, we managed to get both boxes to right spot in the back yard. It is important to consider the notion of injury when lifting something this heavy. I used the form that I use when working out. I didn’t say no and I didn’t give up until the boxes were safely where they were meant to be. I knew I could do it because I do it on an almost daily basis in the gym.

It happened to be back and legs day for me as well. So when I got to the gym later, I felt as though gym would be a breeze after the boxes moving escapade. I do enjoy working out, but it’s never easy. It wasn’t today either. It’s not supposed to be easy. If it is, it means it’s time to add some more weight. Moving the boxes wasn’t a complete workout, but I would say that it was a good and complete test!  

Body Language

Overall, it was a good health and fitness day today. I completed a good chest, biceps and a little bit of abbs workout. Although, I did have to take it lighter and a little slower today. I felt a slight strain in my right shoulder while I was working out. To me, this is a sign my body is giving me that I have to relax my workout slightly. It’s been a solid ten months or so with regards to vigorous exercising, but now my body is telling me that it needs a relaxing recovery period. It’s important to listen to what the body signals in order to achieve health and fitness goals and to prevent injuries. The shoulder is engaged to one extend or another in almost every upper body workout. When it starts showing signs of fatigue, it’s extremely important to listen. I wouldn’t want to be held back from working out because of an injury. It doesn’t mean that I can’t exercise at all. It just means that I will have to take it slow and workout softer. Hopefully, it will get the rest it needs and recover nicely over the next few days!!

Something a friend of mine posted on Facebook today. I don’t really judge a trainer by the way he or she looks, but this trainer has a lovely reason for becoming a trainer…. #inspiretosweat

http://sf.racked.com/archives/2014/08/11/erica-stenz-hottest-trainer.php