You know how it starts. “I need to rest; a small nap after work won’t hurt.” Maybe a “I don’t have time to work out, I’m busy with work all day!” and my fave “It’s just an innocent cookie to tide me over till lunch, what could it hurt?”
However it happened, you are now out of shape. Don’t worry though! The first step is admitting that you could use some help. And that’s where we come in. We are going to debunk some myths that will hopefully make getting fit a little easier while you work!
Myth 1: You have to do an hour of cardio all at one time to get the benefits.
Truth: Wrong. Though doing it one time is pretty ideal, you can fit in 10 minutes anywhere! Do some jumping jacks on your break. Go up and down the stairs of your office building. Morning classes? Try walking the long way to your class instead of picking the closest parking spot. Don’t have time early in the morning? If you’re a night owl, get your groove on before bed! It’s all about getting your blood pumping when you can. Some activity is better then no activity.
Myth 2: All you have to do is exercise and you’ll lose weight.
Truth: If only that were true. While you can be healthy at any size, if you want to lose weight around your middle or get into those jeans you wore in high school, you may have to give up grandma’s cookies — at least for a while. The best way to stave off snacking problems is to keep healthy snacks around. Instead of grabbing those Oreo cookies, maybe some apple or orange slices will do. Or if you have to have a sweet treat, you can now buy 100 calorie packs of cookies, crackers, and a lot of other snacks. Most cravings come about because you want something you can’t have at the moment. No one sets out to eat a whole can of Pringles, but by keeping a smaller can, you can have your cake or chips and eat them too!
Myth 3: You have to do aerobics.
Truth: If hopping around a gym in a leotard and 80’s like onesies is not your bag, try playing soccer. Join a martial arts class or join a basketball club. Not a sports fan? Zumba is a style of aerobics that’s more like dancing. Pilates is a great choice if you want to work out and relax. Too ambitious for you? Walking around the black for 30 minutes is another way of getting your blood going. You can also take the kids if you’re one of those busy parents who can’t find a sitter. Did we mention jumping jacks for 10 minutes? Awesome….
Myth 4: You need to join a gym to get fit.
Truth: By no means do we want you to throw away your gym membership, but for those of you who are tight on money or you’re not a joiner, there is hope. You can work out from any space. Like say for instance…your living room! That’s right! You don’t need a ton of equipment to get in shape. You can use towels for resistance bands, chairs for back and arm work and the floor for ab work. There is literally tons of free information about working out from home. The only thing that’s stopping you is you!
Myth 5: If I’m not sore, then I didn’t work out properly.
Truth: Okay, yes, if it’s too easy, you may want to work out a bit more. But soreness is caused by tiny tears in your muscle fibers. If you switch up your routine every once in a while, then, some soreness is to be expected. However, being sore after every work out means you’re not allowing your body to heal. Your muscles need a break or they won’t get stronger. Work on a different muscle group while another one is healing. You’ll still get your workout in, but it’ll give your body time to heal.
Myth 6: I’m hungry!
Truth: True, you might be hungry. If so, you should eat — no question about it. But! Before you go for that gyro, drink a glass of water. Sometimes that craving for food is actually a craving for water. So whenever you’re hungry, grab some agua and give it a few minutes. If you’re still hungry, get something to eat. It doesn’t have to be a four course meal, but there is nothing good about going without food for the sake of weight loss.
Myth 7: Water isn’t that good for you.
Truth: While we’re on the topic of water, there is currently a rumor that water isn’t that good for you.
By Sheena Williams
“I don’t have the skills.”, “They won’t hire me”, or “I’m not cut out for this type of work.” Why don’t you have the skills? How do you know they won’t hire you? Who told you that you were not cut out for that type of work? Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy. There are doubts that every woman has at times that keep them from not only being good at what they do, but it keeps them from being great. Everyone has their problems, there is no denying that, but there is no issue that cannot be improved upon or resolved. The first step is believing that you can accomplish anything you set out to do. Once you start believing that you can do anything, your employer will believe in you as well.
Step 1: Take a deep breath. Work can get stressful. The kids are asking for something, your husband needs help with a presentation he’s putting together, or your term paper is due. There are days when life can get pretty intense, and that is when it is most important for you to take a deep breath and center yourself. Taking 5 minutes just to do some deep breathing can get you ready to face the rest of your day.
Step 2. Know your strengths. If you are only focused on the things that you can’t do, then you will never get to the things that you can do. Okay, you may not be the greatest cook, but you were organized enough to get all of the recipes that you want to try arranged in neat subsections and categories such as lunch, dinner and appetizers. You may not be the greatest typist, but you organized the company Christmas party. Public speaking makes you break out in a cold sweat, but that speech you wrote for your boss last week got him rave reviews in the local newspaper. By focusing on your strengths and your abilities, it will give you more confidence to tackle the bigger things in life.
Step 3. Be nice to others. Having a bad self-image is being grouped with excuses for not being nice to others. Not cool. If you’re having a low self-image day, it does not give you the license to make someone else’s day miserable. Did we mention that being nice to people makes you feel better which in turn makes you feel good about yourself. By the same token, in another turn, feeling good about yourself helps with your self-image?
Even if you’re not going to feed a small country, complimenting someone on their dress and seeing them smile can give you a boost of happiness. Try it! It won’t hurt you!
Step 4. Negativity is bad. When you see a problem, your first reflex is to look at all of the things that will keep you from doing the task at hand. Try looking at all of the parts that you can do. Once you start working on those, it will make it easier to get the hard parts done. The more things you accomplish, the more it will push you to do things that seem daunting at first. You don’t have to tackle it as a whole — you can put it into little pieces and work your way up.
Step 5. Find your own cheerleading squad. You could brag about yourself all day…or you could have Tammy’s perfect figure, or Josie’s awesome job, you’re not focusing on the things that YOU have in your life. Everyone’s priorities are different. What someone else may think is important right now, may not be all that important to you. Yes, she bought a beautiful house, but it was while you were studying abroad in Europe. Tammy’s figure is perfect, but you have amazing fashion sense. Josie has a terrific job, but your apartment could be put on the cover of a magazine! Know what makes you great and own it!
Remember the steps:
- Take a deep breath.
- Know your strengths.
- Be nice to others.
- Negativity is bad.
- Find your own cheerleading squad, and
- Be grateful!
Follow these 6 simple and key things to get started on that road to a better self-image!