Done With The Gym And Back To Home Workouts With New Insight And Inspiration
As you may know if you’ve been following me, I’ve had a Gym Membership for the last couple of weeks, and I’ve documented that to see what kind of results I might get, or changes I might go through.
I’ve completed that 2 weeks at the Gym, and I definitely liked the equipment, and being able to target specific areas of the body very effectively.
Now, that temporary membership is over, and I may go back again, but I have a new inspiration about working out, and I want to document that so you and I can benefit from the experience.
I’ve been doing some kind of workout for most of my life, and for many of the recent years I’ve been focused on body weight exercises and overall fitness.
I even wrote a book called Sexy Fit, now known as Body Mastery Without A Gym that was primarily focused on getting into shape simply, with minimal equipment.
Today, I went back to doing my outside of the gym exercise, and I was very inspired.There is probably more than 1 reason for that, but part of it might be that it’s something different that I’ve been doing for the last couple of weeks, so my body is inspired again.
What I’m really excited to share with you though are the insights that I had while I was exercising today.
The 1st Insight – Longer Rest equals better recovery equals better performance.I am going to be documenting this so we’ll find out together if that insight helps me to get better results, but I feel very inspired by it.
For most of my life, I’ve pushed myself extremely, and lately I feel like I’ve over done it sometimes and may have even injured myself a couple of times as a result.
I’ve been focused on doing things a specific way, and doing the workouts regardless of how I feel, just to stay consistent.
Although I think that’s a good thing generally, to be consistent, I think a person can lock them selves into patterns that lead to injuries, or just don’t produce optimal results.
This insight has inspired me to give myself a more full recovery, and also to not completely exhaust myself on every workout, which leads me to the next great insight.This insight is not new, but I have a fresh perspective on it.
The 2nd Insight – Listen to my body and do what I feel most inspired to do on days I do workout.
Most of us have been told to listen to your body, and we’ve probably adopted that philosophy to some degree, but I’m taking it to a whole different level.I’m going to stop my workouts early if my body feels uninspired, and push it a little more when my body feels motivated.
I’m also going to allow myself to completely skip days if my body doesn’t seem well recovered and wait until I’m excited to go and do some exercise, then really enjoy it and feel it.
I also have some other ideas about how this might look as I go forward, so I’ll share more with you over the coming days/weeks to keep you in the loop.
Thanks for taking the time to watch these videos and read my articles.Let me know if you have any questions, or feel free to share your thoughts as comments.
I’ve recently spent 2 weeks in the gym to see if it’s a worthy investment of my time, and I documented it so you can see 1st hand what’s possible.
The Bottom Line About Gym Workouts
2 weeks is not a long enough to see an amazing transformation, But… it is GOOD for getting yourself acquainted with a number of exercises, whether you do them with free weights or machines.
If you’re not used to the Gym, it can be very inspiring to your body.You can do enough different types of training to really inspire specific muscle groups, which motivates you to continue working out.
It’s easy to gage progress, because you know what amount of weight your working with from one day to the next, and you’ll definitely be able to increase your strength.
The Gym is great for injury recovery exercises:
Because you can isolate muscles so specifically with different types of equipment, you can strengthen weak areas of your body without putting much stress on injuries.
I have an injury I’ve been working on recovering from, and the gym definitely helped me recover a little.But beware…
You can easily injure yourself by pushing to hard.Advance slowly.
Is The Gym Worth It?
Depending on what you’re trying to achieve, the gym can be great.Based on this short experience, I know you can completely transform yourself, and build some confidence at the same time.
Having so many different types of equipment to choose from makes finding something inspiring to your body pretty simple.As you probably know, it’s good to change up your routine, and give yourself plenty of time to recover before pushing the same parts of your body again, and the many options in the gym make it pretty simple to come up with a routine.
As for myself, Although I liked the Gym and I’ll probably go back at some point, I love doing workouts outside of the gym, and I’m inspired to go back to those, with a new inspiration, and some great insights.
Thanks for reading here and watching my videos.Let me know if this was helpful to you, and what your experience in the gym has been.
Number 1 – Tell someone you respect and you keep commitments to that you are going to get up at a specific time. This is what’s helped me get up on the tougher days.
Number 2 – Set an alarm and put it outside of your room. Having to get up to turn it off will help you to STAY Up.
Number 3 – Give yourself 1 day per week to sleep a little, NOT a Lot, longer. I’ve been sleeping until 8 on Sundays, and it takes the pressure off to know I can sleep a little longer 1 day if I feel like it.
The above 3 Tips have proven to be the most important for me in getting up early in the morning.
If you start there, you’ll make adjustments to make it easier if you’re struggling. For example, if you’re staying up late, and it’s making it difficult to get up, as long as you’ve made a commitment to someone else that you’re going to get up, you’ll eventually get tired of feeling Tired, and go to sleep a little earlier.
For me, I’ve decided to cut back my tea intake. I’m hoping that will help me to FEEL like going to bed earlier. I’ll let you know how that’s working out sometime soon, and post a link below.
For now, I wish you success waking up earlier in the morning. Peace : )
Okay, So You Have Trouble Getting Up In The Morning!
Today, my intention is to help you get out of the bed early, and help myself too.
You’ll understand what I mean when you get to tip number 7!
Bottom line is, you want to make the change to getting up early, and now’s the time to do it.
Below are some tips of my own, and some I’ve heard from others for waking up early. I hope they help you to wake up in the morning and hopefully stay healthy too.
1 Have a good reason why?
2 Don’t think about anything before you get out of bed, just get out, so you don’t have a chance to change your mind.
3 Go to bed at the same time every night.
4 Use an alarm. muchelleb recommends the app Alarm Clock Plus, it makes you do math problems in order to shut the alarm off. That might be helpful for you, but it could be good enough to put your alarm outside of your room so you have to get out of bed to shut it off.
5 Have a reward to look forward to in the morning for getting up. A Tea, Coffee, Special Smoothie; something that motivates you to get up.
6 Wake up at the same time every morning. Have an exception day if you want, but don’t wake up to much later, or you might throw your body clock off.
7 Tell someone you are going to get up in the morning at a certain time, so you have some accountability. This is my favorite one, and it’s part of the reason I shared this video with you. I want to get up earlier, and telling you will keep me accountable.
8 Have a morning routine. Create a morning routine that you like, or that makes your life better. This will give you even more incentive to get out of bed.
9 Don’t exercise close to bed time. You won’t get a restful sleep with all those endorphins stimulating your mind.
10 Don’t sleep in on the weekend; At least not too long. It throws off you cycle.
Before getting to Tip 11 let’s look at why it might be difficult for you to get up in the morning.
Sleep Inertia – resistance to waking up
“is a physiological state characterized by a decline in motor dexterity and a subjective feeling of grogginess immediately following an abrupt awakening. The impaired alertness may interfere with the ability to perform mental or physical tasks.” Wikipedia
11 Consider timing your sleep cycles and waking up at the end of one.
A sleep cycle is 90 minutes long.
It takes about 14 minutes on average to fall asleep after lying down, so set your alarm for 14 minutes plus however many 90 minute cycles you want to sleep for.
5 x 90 minute cycles gives you 7.5 hours of sleep, and about 7 hours 45 minutes in bed with the 14 minutes added for time to fall asleep. For this cycle you’d go to sleep at 10:16 PM if you wanted to wake up at 6 AM or 8:46 for 6 x 90 minute cycles or 9 hours of sleep, to wake up at the same time.
I hope these tips help you to get up early in the morning, and keep doing it.