No More Freakin’ Excuses

Not Me, Unfortunately

No, that is not me.

Unfortunately.

Maybe 10 years ago, but certainly not now.  BUT, it is the front cover of a great article by Men’s Health Magazine.  We all have trouble getting motivated sometimes.  At the top of things for which we look for and find excuses– often legitimate, I’ll concede–is working out and getting in better shape.  Even I fight that voice that tells me to just go home and relax.  I usually push back with my own voice, usually resorting to one of the following:

  1. Excuses are for Losers!
  2. If you look hard enough, you can always find an excuse
  3. Excuses are for Losers!
  4. To have what others don’t, you have to be willing to do what others won’t
  5. Excuses are for Losers!

Fortunately, Men’s Health is more articulate and helpful in their approach.  In their article, 21 Ways to Overcome Exercise Excuses, you should fine just what you need (at least one or two motivating tools) to get you off your butt and get moving.

6 Workout Tips

In Today’s helping of Men’s Health Tips, they have 6 simple ways to get more out of your workouts.  Check it out!

7 Muscle Building Mistakes

If you want to build muscle you can’t smoke and you must get lots of sleep.  Duh, right?  But what about playing hoops or going for a jog at lunchtime?  And is eating right after a workout good for you?  Learn the seven biggest mistakes people make when trying to build muscle at today’s Men’s Health article: 7 Muscle-Building Mistakes to Avoid.

Interval Training- even with Weights!

HIIT- Good for Weights, Too!

I really didn’t feel like being in the gym last night.  It was a long day at work, I was late picking up the kids, and my body was still a little sore from playing basketball the day before.  So on the way to the gym I decided I’d just do a quick workout.  Now I preface that with the fact that my quick workouts have been known to last an hour or so.

But I was determined to keep my promise to myself.  Luckily, I’d just installed this cool app on my Android phone.  Called HIIT for “High Intensity Interval Training,” it allows me to feed it variables like prep time; rest/recover period; work/training period; and how many sets or rounds for each cycle-through.  The cool thing is it beeps or buzzes when it’s time to switch exercises or downshift from work to recover.   Read more of this post

Jack Lalanne dies at 96

Jack Lalanne

Say what you want about the guy, but Jack Lalanne was the man!  An evangelist for fitness all of his life, he epitomized the term “Age is only a number.”  A true inspiration to all of us who care about our health, our looks (let’s be real, here), and balance in our lives; Lalanne will truly be missed.

Read full New York Times Article