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Dumb Things We Do When We're Trying to Lose Weight

Forgetting you're not 20 anymore

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When I was 20, I could workout for hours..and that was after staying up all night studying. Okay, I was mostly drinking, but think how much energy you need to work, go to class and exercise with a hangover? These days, an all night bender followed by a two hour workout would put me in a hospital, yet there's this little voice that occasionally peeps out from the back of my mind and says, "Remember how fit you were back then?"

I also remember that I wasn't the brightest bulb at that age. I may have been in shape, but I didn't always do what was best for my body and what we all have to remember, as hard as it is, is that our 20-year-old workouts have no place in a 40-or-50-something-year-old body. That fact usually doesn't stops us from trying and the results include, but aren't limited to:  Injury, incredible soreness, the strong desire to quit and, possibly, a visit to your friendly neighborhood orthopedic hip, knee or back surgeon.

It's hard enough getting older, why make it worse by doing workouts your body just doesn't like anymore?

How to stop

  • Let go of the past- We can't go back and, believe me, I've tried. We all get older, it's just a fact. Doing it gracefully means accepting exactly where your body is right now, not where it used to be.
  • Get to know your current body- We're so focused on losing weight and getting our old body back, we haven't spent much time getting to know the new one. Before jamming your body into a workout program that might not fit, take stock of where you are: Any injuries that need a , aches and pains that need to be addressed or any weaknesses you've noticed lately. Assess where you are - Your general strength, endurance and flexibility - and build your program around that. If you're not sure where to start, this is the perfect time to work with a personal trainer.
  • Find your new limits- So many of my clients live in the past, dreaming about what they used to be able to do and comparing that to what they can do now. It's a battle to stay in the present for all of us, but that's exactly what you have to do if you want to change your body. Forget about how many pushups you used to do...how many can you do now? Can you do more the next time? Forget about the 8 miles you used to run and focus on the walking you're doing now. How fast and far can you go? Is it further than last week? If so, you're already pushing past your limits.
  • Celebrate what youcando- I used to be able to run for hours. Now, I can't run at all because of back problems and that really sucks. But what sucks more is all the that kind of attitude generates. My workouts are much more enjoyable when I focus on all the activities I can still do...and there are a lot of them.





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Date: 16.12.2018, 11:49 / Views: 42261