SHAPE UP & SHIP OUT

The other day I had one of those moments. You know the one – where you wave at someone and your triceps wave with you? Carolyn (my co-founder/BFF) witnessed it and we both giggled. But it was also a gigantic wake-up call: I have got to shape up.

I’ve been telling myself this for years, but I’ll think of every excuse in the book not to workout. Now, I’m out of excuses.

I love to walk, jog, and play tennis. But when it comes to lifting weights or doing exercises to build muscle, I find myself bored and uninspired. And often on the couch with a bag of chips, while watching the remaining 20 minutes of the 30-minute “30-Day Shred” exercise video…and it would only be Day 1!

We’ve heard it like a broken record: building muscle for women it is so important – especially when we hit 50. According to Healthline.com, the benefits to building and maintaining muscle mass are:

It counteracts the loss of muscle we lose as we ageIt helps control our weight. Muscles burn fat.It slows the loss of bone density and reduces the risk of osteoporosisProtects our joints and increases our balance

And I’ll add one more, albeit vain reason: it makes look better. And let’s be honest, when we look better we feel better. When we feel better we have more confidence. When we have more confidence, we’re more likely to kick life’s ass – in a good way.

Wow, I really need to shape up, so I can figuratively ship out and seize my life. Game on.

A Solid Routine

I found this workout in Prevention Magazine. What appeals to me is that it is doable. It doesn’t have any crazy moves that are so difficult that it defeats the entire purpose. And, it’s something I can do in my own family room while watching Kathie & Hoda (LOL).

A Solid Strategy

Susan (my co-founder/BFF) is a workout goddess. She makes it a part of her everyday life — just like sleeping and eating. I want to be her. But I don’t have the discipline and willpower. This podcast episode, from Something You Should Know, talks about the psychology behind reaching your goals…and it makes so much sense.

A Solid Outfit

When I’m working out, I like to feel stylish and comfortable. Seriously, there’s psychology behind the fact that the better you feel about your appearance, the more confidence you have to work out (see Of the Day below). Fitness Magazinetells us what to wear based on our body type. Love it.

“The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit.”

― Morihei Ueshiba

Of the Day.

We promised to keep you relevant. Promise fulfilled.

Site of the day:

MyFitnessPal. For those who want to get fit right along with me.

App of the day:

Nike Fitness App. For those who want a virtual fitness trainer.

Store of the day:

Tasc Performance. For those who want workout clothes made with natural materials.

Book of the day:

Success: How We Can Reach Our Goals. For those who have #goals.

Article of the day:

How Fashion Affects Fitness. For those who want understand how what we wear motivates us. From The Atlantic.

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