EXERCISE MEETS GOLDILOCKS

Goldilocks-Principle-640x480Does a day go buy without reading, seeing or hearing about the benefits and necessity to exercise? Gym memberships, dance classes, yoga studios and outdoor recreational clubs continue to grow from the increasing numbers of deconditioned aging adults. Those least enthusiastic about beginning this endeavor commonly ask the same question, “What is the BEST EXERCISE to lose weight and get healthy in the SHORTEST period of time?” The story of Goldilocks best explains the answer. You may remember, Goldilocks tried three different porridges, three different chairs and three different beds before finding what suited her needs in each category.

fitness work out gym exerciseSome people initiate an exercise program by committing themselves to the point of excess. They approach exercise as an event requiring participation seven days a week at very high intensities. These people have a tendency to maintain this regimen for very short periods of time before returning to a lifestyle without ANY exercise.

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Eat_Fit_2Some people initiate an exercise program when time becomes available. This often leads to great inconsistencies from week to week. Most people attempting this approach find less and less available time for exercise and ultimately return to a lifestyle absent of exercise.

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86524532Some people initiate an exercise program by committing themselves to a “reasonable” number of days weekly (usually 2-4 days.) They begin exercisingย  slowly to avoid pain from over exercise or injury. They perform these exercises for a duration that satisfies the body’s physical needs without interfering with their work and family schedules. They treat exercise as a habitual activity similar to breakfast, lunch and dinner. The routine frequency and duration make this method conducive to long term success. This exercise approach provides the physical and mental benefits while creating greater incentive and motivation to remain disciplined to follow the plan.

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photoThe next mental challenge is overcoming the concern for which exercise best achieves the fastest results. Where Goldilocks explained the first half of the story, “The Tortoise and The Hare” explains the answer to this part. Patience is a difficult concept to live by. We are more likely to reach our destination walking forward slowly and deliberately with our eyes focused on the goal, than running as quickly as we can blindfolded. When seeking the best exercise to achieve your goal, follow the advice famous baseball legend Yogi Berra would have given: “The best exercise to achieve the best results is the exercise that works.” Yogi Berra was famous for these silly quotes but truthfully, the best exercise or exercises are the ones you’re WILLING TO DO!” Finding activities and exercises that burn calories is crucial for long term results. Changing lifestyle patterns SLOWLY, reduces fear of failure while improving energy and overall attitude. Remember:

ALL EXERCISE’S WORK!

Finding exercises and activities you enjoy makes the process more pleasurable. The commitment to scheduling AND PERFORMING these exercises including frequency and duration is the key to beneficial gains; NOT the exercises you choose.

As the New Year resolutions begin facing another year of dismal failure, why not try the Goldilocks and the Tortoise and the Hare approach to successful weight and health management. This approach places YOU IN CHARGE. YOU create the schedule and the time intervals. YOU become the motivator that creates better self image and self confidence. YOU become the person unwilling to give in to old patterns of destructive behavior. YOU accept the responsibility using this ACHIEVABLE approach and REAP THE BENEFITS of this strategy.

Once committed to the process, new forms of exercise can be introduced later on to help fine tune your results. By the time you have reached this point, you will have already achieved, improved physical and mental health, improved function, a positive outlook on life and greater happiness.

Start by asking yourself, “what burns calories that I am willing to commit myself to?” Create a list for variety. Figure how many days you are TRULY willing to commit yourself to. Figure how much time you are TRULY willing to spend each session. DO NOT over extend yourself. Remember:

  • PATIENCE!

  • GOLDILOCKS!

  • THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE!

Start slow and easy and gradually build as you become more comfortable. Whatever schedule you create, YOU MUST COMMIT TO! There WILL be days you don’t feel like exercising; push through these days and feel the sense of power you gain from the experience. Before you know it, the person you’ll be seeing in the mirror will make you cry with tears of joy. This will be the person you always dreamed about, but never thought you’d become. Congratulations ahead of time as you start this wonderful journey!

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This picture is for those needing additional clarification of what too much exercise looks like!

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47 comments

  1. Great article and I now know that you will show up in the reader. I placed your URL in there following Danny’s instructions. I may not see it, but I can bring just you up now.

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    1. Glad you liked the article. I’m also glad you found a method to deal with my “invisibility.” Nice to see your face in the comment box. It has become a face of hope!

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      1. Thank you Jonathan. It is nice to hear that. As I find my bloggers I had them to the list. I can look separately or all of them together like here. I am so glad Danny mentioned it to OM.

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  2. Perfect–Just what I needed today!

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    1. Always glad to fill a need. It’s also nice to know I am not the only one reading my posts! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  3. Great post.

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    1. Thank you Pam. Glad to see you again. Do you balance your exercise as well as you balance your finances? ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. I try and work out 3 times a week at the gym at my work. Its tough though I must admit. I go with coworkers so we keep each other accountable so to speak. I am definetly a work in progress in that area.

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        1. I have exercising for 38 years and continue to consider myself a work in progress. Until you “own” the commitment to the lifestyle, working out with co-workers is a great way to remain accountable. I define “SUCCESS” (when it comes to exercise) as simply “DOING IT!” The winner is NOT the male who bench presses 500 lbs. or the woman who wears a size 0, but rather the person at 90 years of age still exercising.
          It is tough and certainly not necessarily enjoyable, but I can probably say the same thing about many people’s jobs. Somehow they manage to do their work every single week. It comes down to the belief that exercising isn’t as important. People realize the truth as they age. This is why the phrase, “if I only knew then, what I know now” is spoken so often.
          Be diligent, be smart and push through those tough days. You will be glad you did.

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  4. Yoga and walking everyday. The gym two days a week. I love variety and there is so much exercise to choose from now, finding what is right for each person is exactly what will keep them committed. If you don’t like the exercise, you won’t do it. Great post.

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    1. It is so nice to see a person who practices what they preach. It adds credibility and validates your beliefs and practices. I’ll bet this is one reason (of many) why people connect so easily with you. Stay healthy and happy.

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      1. Thankyou Jonathan. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. I’m with you buddy. The best exercise is the one you’ll do. Keep it fun!

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    1. Glad you liked the post. Quite a challenge to help motivate people to have a better quality of life. The biggest advantage I offer is actually caring about people. Call me crazy, but I will remain optimistic and believe it simply takes the right message to convince the public better options in life exist. Best to the family.

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  6. LOL great picture at the end! Your advice is on point and exactly what I try to express to others:) I will be sharing your post on the next Move It Monday ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Thank you Nena. That is very kind of you. I hope your readers will enjoy the message.

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  7. Excellent post and the accompanying pictures were perfect! I try and do a good mix of gym and outdoor fun like hiking but I will admit there are days when I have to drag myself out there and get sweating. I don’t always succeed.

    One thing I did at the end of last year to help kick up my fitness routine was splurge for a trainer for 5 sessions. It helped a lot because he held me accountable and taught me all sorts of core exersizes that are easily done at home and aren’t costly.

    Yup, slow and steady always wins out.

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    1. Accountability to a trainer certainly helps. For the long haul, accountability to oneself becomes the goal. You have a strong character (in the most positive sense of this description) which can help you push through on those tough days you just don’t feel like exercising. Ask yourself, “do I go to work on days I don’t feel like going?” Keep this picture in your brain as you question whether you “feel” like exercising or not. Typically, a stronger personality convinces themselves to do what’s IMPORTANT rather than what their emotional mind “recommends.” Just a suggestion. Most of all, stay healthy and happy.

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      1. “Ask yourself, โ€œdo I go to work on days I donโ€™t feel like going?” Now that, is a brilliant suggestion! Really if you think about it, the pay off of working out and taking care of yourself is just as, if not more important than what your job provides.

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  8. Youยดve nailed it! Easy and clear explanation. Perfect!

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    1. Thank you. It’s nice to know there are people like you in this world making the commitment to help others achieve their fitness goals. Your efforts help people find new healthier paths in life that improve their quality of living. Thank you for all your hard work.

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      1. Your are extremely kind, my friend. Iยดm grateful to meet people like you, honest, supportive, friendly, encouraging… I know my limitations ๐Ÿ™‚ but Iยดll keep doing my best!
        Big hug, David

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  9. Great article. After 5 months, I’m still at it – I’m at a standstill as far as losing weight – but I’m still at it —pray for me!! ๐Ÿ™„

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    1. Glad to see your commitment. Never give up! If you ever need some help, you can always contact me at jncthedc93@yahoo.com. I blog to identify problems AND offer SOLUTIONS. I don’t use it as a source of revenue. There are many people living without any direction and hope. I want them to realize there are people in this world willing and able to offer assistance because they simply care.

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  10. What is it about exercise that turns people off so badly? I remember when I used to go to the gym I had no problem going 5 or 6 days a week. There was nothing better for relieving stress. And the most commn complain is time, but all they have to give up is an hour on the couch in front of the TV. Nice post.

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    1. In my belief it comes down to one word; PRIORITIES. Exercise is viewed more as an activity that’s “good for you,” rather than an activity that preserves the quality of life.

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      1. We need to do a better job of educating our children that exercise is just like brushing your teeth. A dailyr part of our lives.

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        1. If we, as adults exercised, our children would likely be motivated to emulate us. What child doesn’t want to be as “perfect” as their parent. The act of doing vs the act of talking about it adds greater credibility and motivation.

          A child’s paradigm forms early in life. If this was part of it, exercise would be viewed in a similar light as breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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  11. I have to confess in the past I always fell into the first category, hell for leather and then burn out after a few weeks. Now I a in the last category, build it up, train a sustainable amount of times per week and don’t burn out. This will make me less likely to fail. Mind you having said that, I have hardly been to the gym for about a month now as life is simply so hectic. I do however plan to start again on Monday as training has to get moving on the walk…..

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    1. It’s great that you have the charity walk as motivation to regulate your exercise, but as the event concludes you don’t want the gains to wane as the time restraints make their way back into your life. Only you can answer the question, “which priority is more important; your health or your commitment to other tasks?” Without your health, how are these other tasks achieved? You are an important person with so many gifts and talents, don’t sell your commitment to your health short so others can prosper. Placing yourself first isn’t selfish; it’s necessary to be able to help other people achieve their needs in life. Have a great weekend, Cameron.

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      1. Thanks Jonathan, you are so right to say this. I am slowly learning to put myself first so I plan on the walk actually promoting my ME time further still so believe it will be the start of the new plan to be more about ME and less about others. I have a crazy few weeks ahead but will still train and write during the times I am busy with other stuff. That way I keep myself satisfied doing this for myself along with being fulfilled for doing things for other people.
        You have great weekend yourself…!

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        1. I think you are a wise man, Cameron. Stay busy, stay happy, stay healthy. You will like the outcome.

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          1. I think so too. I am a better person overtime I think about it…..

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  12. I also think it’s important to try new things because you never know what you will end up enjoying. I had my mind set against barre and then I tried one of the workouts – incredible! I also HATED yoga and any form of stretching and since finding an online instructor who I adore, I’m doing yoga every single day. Learning there isn’t a one size fits all approach or a quick fix was helpful in my overall journey towards health ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Being open minded and “willing to try” is a combination that has resulted in great success. Sometimes, “GETTING OUT OF OUR OWN WAY” is all it takes.

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  13. Great post, I have made walking part of my daily routine and it seems to be sticking. Now I am working to add some strength training in each week. It’s always a balancing act

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  14. Congratulations. You will be glad with the benefits you WILL receive. Life is ALWAYS an ongoing balancing act. By practicing this philosophy on a regular basis, it becomes a natural way of living. I’ll bet you live a more balanced lifestyle than most people.

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  15. great post…..you are so indepth on all topics, really nice to read a good informational post….as always you kicked it into the end zone…pun intended…LOL k

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  16. I try to find a balance between providing important information and causing my readers to fall asleep! ๐Ÿ˜€ I want the information to be tangible and applicable in a realistic manner. I appreciate your ongoing support.
    BTW- I will be a better sport than Cam Newton was yesterday (although I do understand his emotional frustration) and congratulate your Denver Broncos on a job well done! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  17. What is even more impressive than how ripped U are in the selfies in your exercise posts? The humorous and thoughtful exchanges in the comments. My comment on the boredom problem is not in that league, but maybe somebody who likes wind chimes will find it helpful.

    I have wind chimes hanging from the ceiling in a corner of the room, with a little electric fan to provide adjustable fake wind. After some fiddling with the fan placement, I was able to get a good imitation of minimalist music, varied enough to stave off boredom but not compelling enough to distract or rush me.

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    1. I appreciate your thoughtful comment. I would like my posts to have enough quality to impact people’s thinking and willingness to follow new paths in life. I am honest, but also realistic. Blending humor and critical thinking seems to impact the reader in ways that instigate greater introspection and attitude awareness. I believe (in most cases) that long term change must start in the mind. If I can get people to ask themselves, “why not,? there is hope.

      Love the wind chimes and electric fan idea. Anything that prevents boredom is a plus in my book. Have a great week.

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  18. […] Exercise Meets Goldilocks […]

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  19. An enlightening read. Exercising is so essential..you have captured the essence of it so accurately. Tha k you for sharing such a great post.
    Here’s hoping you’ll check out my blog too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you for visiting and commenting. Health is a true passion of mine. I like to show various sides of health issues that commonly go unexpressed. My goal is to provide additional educational information that stimulates individual thought for each to consider. I do not want to tell people how to live their lives; I want to make certain they have as much information as possible to reach their own conclusions.
      Thank you again for taking your time to share with me. Wishing you all the best.

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      1. Your thoughtful endeavour will go a long way in inspiring souls out there. Thank you for such a lovely gesture. Way to go! I wish you all the best for your future pursuits. I’ll be back for more. It was an absolute pleasure. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  20. In a perfect world I’d work out a certain way. But we all know, life happens. I get motivated by each new day. I get in a “type” of workout depending on the day. For instance, today, I knew I had to put some work into the yard. So for my “workout” I mowed about an acre with a push mower. I made sure I worked my calves, quads and hams, by pulling the mower backwards and pushing it up the hill. Then for another acre I rode on the riding mower all the while doing a breathing technique that uses my abdominals. According to my health monitor I still need more steps, so I will follow up with that on the treadmill. My days are never the same, which means my workouts aren’t either. If I meet up with one of my kids for lunch, we will walk to a place or just drink our lunch and walk. What I had to learn was I had to stop getting frustrated for not getting a “normal” workout in. I found I was stressed because I had so much to do during my day and finding the time to workout was…well stressful. By making sure I did enough bits of workouts in during busy days, really eased the tension. On days where I can do weights and a “normal” workout routine, I just made sure I did a total body weight workout. This way of doing things is working for me. The “workout stress” is gone. Though I still know there are improvements physique wise, I don’t get as frustrated. I know your article has helped others to feel better about working out. They do need to know that there is no one type of workout to get wonderful health benefits. Figuring out what works is really the key. And there’s nothing wrong with changing it up either. In fact, a variety of workouts is better for the body. I suppose there’s something to be said for, “Variety is the spice of life”! Thank you for sharing your knowledge! Peace, Koko:)

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    1. You are a very special person that probably places too much stress on yourself. You expect a lot out of YOU! On the one side, this helps you achieve many things in life the average person would never be able to achieve. On the other side, (as your chiropractor will attest to) it has a tendency of causing internal hormonal stress (ex. adrenal issues.)

      I am so impressed with all you’re able to do and believe you deserve the freedom to enjoy all you can. You are dedicated enough not to have to worry if your monitor is suggesting the need for “more steps.” You are active and take so much responsibility for your health, you need not listen to a monitor that only understands steps and distances. Listen to your heart and you will find the peace and contentment I truly believe you deserve. There are many wonderful people in this world, but there is only one Koko!

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