How To Fit Exercise Into Your New Year’s Resolution

Hi everyone. The New Year is here and many resolutions involve getting in better shape. I regularly hear how there is no time to exercise. Here are some tried-and-true tips on how to fit exercise into your New Year’s resolution:

Isometrics
These maneuvers involve simply tightening your muscles. Tighten one muscle, like your butt, and hold for a few seconds. Release tension and relax. Repeat with other muscle groups.

Isometrics are particularly helpful when recuperating from a tkr – total knee replacement. Tighten your thigh muscles (quadriceps) to rebuild strength lost by incisions made.

Planks
These dandies give you an all-body workout. Start out by doing only one minute and gradually build up your time and endurance.

Get onto the floor with your arms and legs extended. It’s the position used when doing a push-up. Place your body weight onto your hands and feet. Straighten your elbows. Hold in your stomach (core) muscles. Breathe normally as you hold this position for one minute – or less – to start.

When done correctly you will feel your arms, stomach, shoulders, back, and leg muscles all working in sync.

Stretches
For an excellent back, neck, and leg stretch, stand and gently bend over to touch your toes. Let your head hang freely. Stretch as far as possible. Hold this position for as long as comfortable.

For an easy leg stretch, sit with your legs stretched (extended) in front of you. Keep your heels on the surface, toes pointed toward the ceiling. Gently move your upper body forward until you feel a stretch in your hamstrings (backside of your knee/leg). Hold this position for 10 seconds.

Gently and slowly return to your starting position. Repeat as needed.

Walking
Walking provides a cardiovascular and musculoskeletal workout. Do it at your own pace. Remember to wear comfortable, well-fitted shoes and socks.

Motto of story: Never let lack of time be an excuse for not exercising. The benefits far outweigh the drawbacks. There is always a way. Just find what works for you. The above-mentioned tips on how to fit exercise into your New Year’s resolution are still working for health-conscious individuals.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physical-related concerns.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.







Exercise is Fun

It seems common to hear someone say they don’t have time to exercise. They’ll have time when they’re laying in a hospital bed due to being so inactive, is my opinion. I hear the standard..”oh, getting older just naturally means gaining weight”. Bull. Yes, it’s true that the metabolism slows down as we age, but don’t use that as an excuse for getting fat. Too many people do. All you have to do is eat healthy, eat fewer calories and exercise more. Burn more calories than you consume, in plain and simple terms.

Your mindset is the ruling factor. You need to start viewing exercise as enjoyable while thinking of the positive end results. I even viewed the tkr rehabilitative exercises as fun since it was such a challenge to get my muscles back. It’s nice being able to take a muscle from a nonoperative point to operating level.

When you get used to exercising, you’ll love it. I don’t like the term ‘workout’ since it connotates work. If you view exercise as fun, the time will pass and you will feel great. You’ll love using your body. After being in a body cast for two years, let me tell you…there’s nothing comparable to being able to move your body.

There are a number of ways to make exercise enjoyable. Some like putting on music to take their mind off the task at hand. Reading a book while using your treadmill is another. Find what’s best for you. First of all, you need to find an enjoyable activity. This makes it easier to stick with it. After you have regained enough usage of your tkr, try a number of ways to get more physical activity into your everyday life. Walking will be the most convenient and simplest way to start. Plus, it’s great exercise during and after your knee replacement.

You’ll probably find there is more than one enjoyable way to move more. For me, riding a stationary bike provides many benefits so I do it some days. Most days, though, you’ll find me in the pool. Water exercises and swimming are far more fun. Water’s natural buoyancy is way too cool. Floating is a blast. It’s not exercise, but it is an enjoyable way to spend a few seconds while in the water. 🙂

Personally, I find the best way to make exercise fun is by feeling so good while I’m doing it. It’s fantastic to be able to stretch out. It’s fun to feel my heart beating faster along with the increased breathing.

Some ‘experts’ claim that there is no need to take your pulse, keep track of time or really pay attention to what you are doing. These items, supposedly, take away from the fun factor. I don’t agree. I have a firm belief that you need to be aware of what your body is doing. Setting a timer or periodically watching the clock prevents overdoing it and taking a pulse throughout physical activity does the same. That’s me, though, and you may be different.

Change your mindset from dreading exercise to one of viewing it as a fun challenge. It may take hard work, but you can do it.

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