Should Exercise Be Fun?


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“…. to go into a cold gym takes a lot of discipline, boy, I’ll tell ya. … I never liked to exercise, but I like results.”   Jack LaLanne

CAM00364I was reading on one of the many Facebook pages I belong to and someone was asking about not feeling up to a workout.  Some of the responses suggested that workouts must be fun.  As I read them I had to ask myself two questions:

Are my workouts fun? Do they need to be?

My exercise routine is spit into two portions:

Strength training, in which I use weight lifting.

Endurance training, in which I use a combination of jogging, sprints, rope skipping and or the stationary bike.

Yes, I will admit that there is something exhilarating about pitting myself against cold, unyielding iron.  And, yes I do look forward to my mornings in the gym.  If I am pressed for time, I always get in some sort of weight training. While I do relish weightlifting, I’m not sure if the word fun would be an apt descriptor.

When it comes to jogging; I like the the time alone, free from distractions, outside enjoying the weather, but do I have fun? Not really. I am not even sure I even slightly enjoy the activity.  I am not really built for running, either physically or mentally, but because of the results I attain,  I get out there and I do it.

I do NOT believe that fun needs to be part of the criteria for going out and exercising, or even in  the choice of a particular exercise.  I pick and chose my routine for the results I am looking to achieve.  When I am bulking up and adding strength, my weight training is slower and the weights I use are much heavier.  I still jog, but I cover less distance and I do it at a much slower pace.  When I am leaning out, I decrease the poundage and I move at a much quicker pace.  I cover more distance when I jog, I do it at a faster pace and I include rope skipping and sprints.

No matter what my particular goal is, I always include both progressive resistance and endurance training.  They both contribute to the overall result I am striving to achieve.

Is fun important?  I guess it could be, but it isn’t a requirement.  Exercise is done to improve the overall quality of life.  While I don’t really consider my exercise routine fun, it makes much of the other activities that I engage in much more fun.

When I was pursuing my Chiropractic education, I spent hours upon hours studying for classes, quizzes, exams and boards.  Did I have fun during all that study time? I would have to say no, but it was necessary to achieve my goal.  I look at exercise much the same way.  My goal in regards to exercise is not to have fun during my exercise time; it is to achieve an improved level of fitness.

The fun is in the results —

-because I am fit, I am able to hike longer and more difficult trails.vaca 2014 lovin the beach

-because I am fit, I am able to participate more actively in beach and ocean activities

-because I am fit, I am able to live every aspect of my life much fuller and with much greater joy.

So, is fun a requirement when it comes to choosing an exercise routine? Perhaps to some, but it wasn’t to Jack LaLanne and it isn’t to me.  I am much more concerned with results. 

Taking into account travel to the track, then to the gym, showering and dressing — only about ninety minutes of my day is focused on exercise. While fun is nice; I prefer effectiveness, which in turn  improves the quality of  the remaining twenty-two and a half  hours (and, yes, I sleep better because of exercise) of my day.

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Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white.  

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

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Sometimes The Bastard Returns is available on Amazon.com Paperback: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-

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Kindle: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/B00HGVPCXG Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com51tXIOPTNwL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333 For over three and half years I maintained a 130 pound weight loss, then last year I lost my way and found a relapse in obesity. I am discussing my battle with recidivism. **************The information, advice and opinions contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.*********** Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333 http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition-ebook/dp/B008R8KA1Q and on Create Space https://www.createspace.com/3903024************The information contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.************

A Backslide Does Not Equal A Fail


 

 

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Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white.  

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

full color coverSometimes The Bastard Returns is available on Amazon.com Paperback: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/1492763365Kindle: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/B00HGVPCXG Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com51tXIOPTNwL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_ http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333 For over three and half years I maintained a 130 pound weight loss, then last year I lost my way and found a relapse in obesity. I am discussing my battle with recidivism. **************The information, advice and opinions contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.*********** Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333 http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition-ebook/dp/B008R8KA1Q and on Create Space https://www.createspace.com/3903024 ************The information contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.************

July 2013 Was Make or Break


The below YouTube posting is from July of 2013, I weighed 292 pounds. It was a make or break time for me. To say I am glad I didn’t break, would be a grand understatement.

This morning I weighed in at 231.

61 pounds of health robbing fat are now gone, but I don’t rest on that, I can’t. I am moving forward everyday, keeping my progress on the path to health, fitness and wellness.

The series of books I mention in the video melded into “Sometimes The Bastard Returns — A true life account of obesity relapse.” The relapse was both a humbling and a confidence building experience.

Humbling, because I now realize, I can fall back to the obese state.

Confidence, because I went back to my first book “Obesity Undone,” and implemented the step by step plan I outline, and it worked again!

Yet, while the weight loss is great, it is nothing more than a side effect of fitness. Fitness, leading to better health is the ultimate goal.

Thank you everyone for all your support and encouragement.

 

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Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white.  

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

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Sometimes The Bastard Returns is available on Amazon.com Paperback: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/1492763365Kindle: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/B00HGVPCXG Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com51tXIOPTNwL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333 For over three and half years I maintained a 130 pound weight loss, then last year I lost my way and found a relapse in obesity. I am discussing my battle with recidivism. **************The information, advice and opinions contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.*********** Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.comhttp://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition-ebook/dp/B008R8KA1Q and on Create Space https://www.createspace.com/3903024

 

 

 

An Important Week — Follow-up #22


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US Navy 050507-N-3289C-028 Gunners Mate 2nd Class Matthew Maple, from Pittsburgh, Pa., takes time out to stay physically fit by training on a stationary bike aboard the costal patrol ship USS Sirocco (PC 6) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tuesday 12/10/2013 — 242lbs ** Stadium is locked, so no jog.  Shoulders/Arms at the gym, another great workout, and I did 2.5 miles on the stationary bike.  I have a feeling if snow/ice keeps coming the stationary bike will become my new endurance work.  I used to try and jog on the treadmill, but the belt stuck and I almost destroyed my knee.  There are no complaints, just obstacles and we have to find the alternatives to reach and maintain our fitness goals.    **Diet right on the money. 

Wednesday 12/11/2013 — 242lbs **   LEG DAY and it was a great workout. Abs after legs. I decided to hop on the stationary bike after my leg workout and did 3.3 miles. **Diet right on the money.

Thursday 12/12/2013 — 239lbs ** weight is back to Thanksgiving Day, pre-multi-day over-splurge weight.  So, it took about about 10 days to get back there, it probably would have been sooner if I kept my splurge to the planned 2 and not 4 days as I discussed on YouTube, but what the hell.  Was it worth it? Absolutely! I enjoyed some great food, and not simply for the taste, but because of the love that it was prepared with by my girlfriend. And, yes the weight loss is important to me, but please remember, my primary goal is improved fitness and overall health and wellness, which I am still working hard to achieve, and no matter what the scale says, it is going pretty dam good! **I had a   great chest/back workout, the stadium remains locked so it was 3.3 miles on the stationary bike at the gym.  **  Diet right on the money.
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Friday 12/13/2013 — 239lbs **Stadium is still locked, so went directly to the gym for a great shoulder/arm workout and then did 4.3 miles on the staionary bike. I usually despise the stationary bike but Danko’s has these Expresso bikes, and I really like them. They give a course option, and my following the course I feel more involved and focused, not just mindlessly pedaling or worse, trying to distract myself watching the tv sets. . **Diet right on the money.

Saturday 12/14/2013 — 239lbs** Snow is starting to fall, and I am hanging at my girlfriend’s this w/e.  She lives in a very hilly area and as the snow is just starting to fall I’m opting to stay in, not knowing what it will be like when I get back from the gym.  Depending on the road conditions tomorrow, I will either have a rare Sunday workout at the gym, or just give the body a couple days of rest. **Diet right on the money. 

Sunday 12/15/2013 — 239lbs.   I wasn’t able to make the gym, but I did have 2 full body, functional workouts

1- shoveling out 2 cars.

2- taking my girlfriend’s very large, and very heavy Christmas tree up about a dozen steps.  

**Diet right on the money!

Monday 12/16/2013 — 239lbs. Great chest/back workout at the gym.  Of course with the snow here in NEPA the stadium remains locked, so I was unable to jog, but I did 4 miles on the stationary bike.   **Diet right on the money!

Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white.

 Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

************The information contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.************

An Important Week — Follow-up #21


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Tuesday 12/03/2013 — 248lbs ** FINALLY BACK TO WORKING OUT. I know it was only 4 days, but

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English: Genetics, Diet, Disease Risk (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

it felt like 5.   I managed  1 mile jog, no sprints. Once in the gym, after my lackluster jog I had low expectations for my workout.  But once I gripped the cold iron bar — my gear shifted into overdrive and I had a great shoulder/arm workout at the gym.    **Diet right on the money. 

Wednesday 12/04/2013 — 247lbs **   I had a great LEG workout and added 4 more sets to my routine. Abs after legs. **Diet right on the money.

Thursday 12/05/2013 — 245lbs ** Up nice and early and had a good 1 1/2 mile jog at the track.  The temperature was an unseasonably warm 50 degrees, and I was able to get out in shorts and a sweatshirt.  I didn’t do any sprints, not sure why, I think I simply forgot.  Got to the gym and blasted a great chest/back workout.  Diet right on the money.

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Physical Exercise (Photo credit: San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives)

Friday 12/06/2013 — 244lbs **Jog was rained out this morning, it was coming down heavy by the time I got to the track, which it wasn’t when I left without my rain-gear.  Hit the gym for a great shoulder/arm workout. **Diet right on the money.

Saturday 12/07/2013 — 243lbs** Awoke to a little bit of snow on the ground and cold chill in the air.  Sometimes I squeeze in a short, easy jog on leg day — not today.  Hit the gym for a great leg/ab workout.  The garbage food has finally worked its way out of my system and I feel fantastic.  The bloat and water weight retention from my extended Thanksgiving day splurge is just about completely gone.  When we put the focus on fitness over  weight loss, everything just flows so much easier.  **Diet right on the money. 

Sunday 12/08/2013 — 243lbs. It was in the low 20’s when I woke up and I really didn’t want to layer up and head out for a jog, but even more than the cold, I ate doing any type of endurance work indoors.  I don’t like treadmills, stationary bikes, ellipticals, etc…. So, after some hot coffee, I put on several layers of winter gear and headed out.  When I arrived at the stadium, the track was snow covered and the gates locked.  After taking all that time to layer up, I was not just going to give up, so I ended up doing a few passes around the school parking lot, estimated to have jogged about 2 miles.   **Diet right on the money!

Monday 12/09/2013 — 243lbs. Up at 4am to untreated ice covered roads.  I’ll drive in snow, but I don’t like to take chances with ice, so unfortunately, there was no workout today.  **Diet right on the money!

Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white.

 Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

************The information contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.************

An Important Week — Follow-up #20 **JOE WAS A BAD BOY!**


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Tuesday 11/26/2013 — 240lbs ** 1 mile jog, no sprints, snow on the track. Had another  great shoulder/arm workout at the gym.    **Diet right on the money. 

Wednesday 11/27/2013 — 239lbs **   I had a great LEG workout, and I did not forget my ab work after. **Diet right on the money.

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Thanksgiving 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thursday 11/28/2013 — 239lbs ** ** Thanksgiving Day! 1 1/2 mile jog, Another  great chest/back workout at the gym .  *** Diet was no where near being right on the money, ate bad and enjoyed it all!

Friday 11/29/2013 — 249lbs **Ended up having a little lower GI distress, so didn’t make the gym.   **Diet started right on the money, but the lure of leftovers got to me.  I was mentally weak!

Saturday 11/30/2013 — 251lbs** Just too dammed lazy, no workout and bad day on the diet.  The carb addiction is trying to exert control, but I will be fine. 

Sunday 12/01/2013 — 251lbs. **Manged a 1 mile jog and that was about it.   **Diet was right on the money until

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English: A slice of homemade Thanksgiving pumpkin pie served on a glass plate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

about 7pm, when the pumpkin pie called my name; loudly! Well, at least it was only one, kind of, sort of, okay it was one big F*()ing slice. :)

Monday 12/02/2013 — 249lbs. No workout again today. No excuse or reason, just plain lazy. **Diet right on the money! **I’m back on track, but I was a bad boy. The most important aspect in the battle with obesity is that we must forgive ourselves for a moment of weakness and a lapse in discipline. Do I regret the bad eating and lack of exercise?

Nope!

I live life with no regrets, I view what happened AFTER Thanksgiving  simply as an educational experience, an experience I am sharing with all of you. I abhor cowardice.  I don’t hide in the shadows like so many who opine, vilify and/or tear down. I give it all; the successes, failures and setbacks.

The lesson I learned was that the BASTARD OBESITY can still rear it ugly head at any given time and I must not only be stronger, but more vigilant as well. 

Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white.

  Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

************The information contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.************