Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Let's Get Physical

Let's get physical, physical....

Welcome to the kick-off of the six-week LiveLifeActive campaign (find full details in the meeting room or go to www.WeightWatchers.com/LiveLifeActive for more details, or log on through your e-tools account. Basically, it's all about moving more, and monitoring how much you're moving. There are some very exciting things coming your way from the meeting rooms. Far be it from me to be a tease, but if I told you now, I'd have to find some way to virtually kill you. What I can say is that I'm honestly and truly excited about some of the new "toys" that will be available in the coming weeks that will not only help you get active, but become more active and stay that way!

I logged in on Sunday (first day it became available), and I'm hooked! I loved the Activity Profile, which gave me some great suggestions of new things to try based on my answers to a few profile questions. We all know (however reluctant we are to admit) that our weight-loss is greater when we track. I think the same will be true of activity. Once we see how much we do, it becomes easier to do more, especially when we start to reap the rewards of exercise.

Finding an activity you love (or at least don't hate) is the first step toward making fitness and exercise a part of your life. Many of you have heard me say that I lost the first 45 pounds with no exercise. This was partly due to recovering from a back and neck injury from an accident, but more realistically, it was due to the fact that at that time I didn't exercise - actually, I kiddingly say that back then I wished cigarettes came already lit....

But that was then and this is now. I inadvertently found a form of exercise that I not only love, but that doesn't hurt while doing it. About 6 years ago, my doctor suggested that I do physical therapy in water. I HATED water - partly because it was wet, but mostly because it required wearing a bathing suit. The physical therapist I had for aquatic PT was fabulous. She made me truly appreciate the benefits of water, and also introduced me to things I could do for resistance and toning that didn't cause me pain. I was hooked.

Fast forward several years. I joined a fitness facility 5+ years ago that has a great aquatics center with a training pool (warm), and I'm usually there 6 out of 7 days a week. Sometimes it's for varied water aerobics classes they offer (Tabata, Boot Camp, Interval Training, Cardio Splash), sometimes it's just to do my own work-out, and sometimes it's for my favorite - Yoqua (Yoga in water). I'm still quite limited in what I can do on land, but there's virtually NOTHING I can't do in water. My personal goal during this six-week challenge is to add some land-based classes at my gym and find new activities I love. I have my eye on "group power" which is weight training; "tone and stretch" which is what it says and "Pilates" which will make me taller. I've belonged to this facility for over 5 years and only use the pool. It's about time to expand my repertoire.

In my time as a WW Leader, I've heard so many members say "I just don't have time to exercise". How about 10 minutes? Do you have 10 minutes you can carve out a few times a day? The recommended 30 minutes doesn't have to be all at once. Remember, the average hour-long TV show has 22 minutes of commercials. If you made a point of getting up and moving (jumping jacks, squats, crunches, sit-ups, marching in place, resistance bands, hand weights...) just during the commercials that would be 20 minutes of activity you otherwise weren't getting. Be sure to add it to the activity tracker!

Please make it to a meeting this week and hear more about this exciting new challenge, as well as see, feel and try some of the many exercise tools available from WW. During the challenge there's $5 off each exercise product.

"Let's get physical, physical, I want to get physical, physical....." (sounds of Olivia Newton-John and visions of polyester warm-up suits and sweat bands dance in my head)

If you usually go to a Monday meeting, but were unable to because it was closed for the holiday, please go to the "find a meeting" tab on the WW website (www.weightwatchers.com ), put in your zip code and find another convenient time/location this week. Of course, if you're an early riser and it's convenient, you can visit me at the Newington meeting on Thursday at 7:30am (weigh-in begins at 7).

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