Health and Fitness Magazine Obsession

Health and Fitness Magazine Obsession

Lots of magazines on shelves

I was waiting in line at the grocery store the other day and saw a magazine stand that is typical of checkout lines to have. The magazines are always there but for whatever reason I paid attention to them more this time. Memories suddenly came flying back in my head after reading their titles.

My love of magazines started early

I remember back when I was around eight years old, I came across my dad’s magazines that were about running (he ran marathons). This was not really an interest of mine but I decided to start reading them anyways. I eventually found myself pouring through all of them (a huge box full).

It was amazing to me that people could come up with all of the articles I read. I even dreamed about starting my own magazine company when I was older. That clearly did not and was not going to happen but that is okay. A lot of dreams that kids have for their futures do not always come true.

I ended up reading each magazine probably around 20 times. That sounds absolutely crazy looking back on it. I even remember one story word-for-word because it was so haunting. It involved a runner going missing and it still has not been solved to this day (see this case here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Amy_Wroe_Bechtel).

Once my dad got rid of these magazines the obsession went away for a few years.

Cue the start of my interest in Fitness

Once I started getting into regular exercise at my home and gym, I wanted to learn as much as I could about it. I took notice of the health/fitness magazines that were at stores and began to buy them.  The ones I bought were Women’s Health, Health, Shape and Oxygen. 

 At the beginning, being on the cardio machines (elliptical and stair master) was all mainly what I wanted to do in terms of exercise. I would place a magazine on the dashboard and get to work. I did not understand until a little later on that that is not the way to get a good workout in.

I let the magazines keep piling up as I went through my eating disorder phase. The fact that I read them during my college classes (when I should have been listening to the professors) was a sign that things were getting WAY out of hand. 

I do not need them anymore

As I moved out of my eating disorder phase, I also moved out of my health/fitness magazine collecting phase. I realized that they were not crucial in my journey to healthiness. 

The day that I recycled all of them was a step in the right direction for me. I am not knocking anyone that likes to read them but they were unnecessary for me.

I also think that my obsession with the magazines had to do with me being on the autism spectrum. Who knows though!

 

 

A Blast From The Past- 30 Minutes To Fitness: Muscle Definition Kelly Coffey Meyer

A Blast From The Past- 30 Minutes To Fitness: Muscle Definition Kelly Coffey Meyer

I was cleaning out my closet and I came across a lot of things from my past (okay not that long ago!). Instead of continuing to clean and organize I found myself just sitting in the middle of the huge pile I made. Memories came flooding in and paralyzed me.

2010: Back to health

This workout DVD pictured above was the start of a turning point in my life. I had just come off of a years worth of disordered eating and exercising. The anorexic voice was still there in my head but it was slowly being shoved away by a newer, healthier voice.

I did not always feel like walking to the fitness center at the college so I decided to do this DVD in my dorm room. From seeing the recommended weights of the dumbbells I thought it was  going to be really easy. I was surprised at how wrong I was.

In this workout DVD there are full body and upper/lower routines to choose from.  The weights are to be from five to twelve pounds. I ended up doing the full body workouts  three times a week for a couple of months using eight and twelve pound dumbbells.

Yes, I know that is not very much weight!

I realize that lifting heavy weights is a wonderful thing to do. However, this was still a great workout that I would totally recommend to other people. I can honestly say that I did get more arm and leg definition doing it.

This is great for someone who wants to work out at home and has a few dumbbells laying around. Do not expect any cardio and a happy, chipper trainer though. She is just there to make sure you get a great workout in.

Maybe I should buy more of her DVDs and make a three month routine out of it? That sounds like a good idea!

Cue the tears

Just seeing this DVD made me well up in tears. A lot of the visions from nine years ago came back to me. It was the time I took my health back. The time I broke free from the disorder that kept me in its strong grasp.

The good and bad memories that came back while I was staring at the cover are important. They are a part of my past and now I have moved forward.

I was feeling lost in life these past few months but finding the DVD filled me with hope and positivity. It showed me that I can do whatever I set my mind to. I have worked hard to get to where I am today so any sense of failure should be sent packing.

 

If you are reading this and you have been feeling awful about yourself lately, better days are ahead. Trust me. If you need extra help outside of yourself, then make sure and get it. Sometimes it is hard to get going in the right direction but you can get there.

Fitness Blender Review

Fitness Blender Review

I love to find new workouts to do. There seems to be an endless number of them available on the internet. When I came across Fitness Blender I was really excited.

What is Fitness Blender?

Fitness Blender is a an online fitness and health community that was started by Kelli and Daniel Segars (husband and wife). They have both been in the fitness industry for a long time and wanted to help others get fit too!

There site includes a ton of free workout videos to choose from. If you want to search for specific kinds of workouts you are able to filter your search in regards to difficulty, body focus, which trainer you want, training type, duration, equipment needed, and the amount of calories you want to burn. This makes it so much easier to find the video that is right for you on that particular day.

Although the bulk majority of the videos are free, there are also some workout programs they have put together that are for purchase only. They range in length from 2-8 weeks long and costs range from $7.99-$19.99. The programs have different goals allowing users to choose what they want to focus on.

There are also interesting articles about health that one can learn a lot from. These include information on superfoods, lowering cholesterol, health food trends etc. They know that fitness is only one step in the right direction for an overall healthy lifestyle so that is why they include these other things.

In order to showcase the quality of workouts they put out, there is also a section where they post before/after pictures of some of the people that use their workouts. These can inspire others who are trying to get fit and healthy.

My thoughts on Fitness Blender

I love Fitness Blender! The husband and wife duo did such a great job building the community. The site has a wonderful layout that is easy to navigate. Also, the whole look of the site is bright and inviting.

The way that you can go about choosing your workout video is great. There are so many videos to look through so this makes it a lot less overwhelming. It is nice that they have workout programs put together at good prices but you can definitely come up with your own regimen with the free videos.

When I looked through some of the videos, I was really impressed. Just the fact that they are all free is amazing! I appreciate the calorie burn range that is on all of the workouts because I know that we all will burn a different amount.

I decided to try one of their HIIT workouts: https://www.fitnessblender.com/videos/wake-up-and-go-hiit-workout-at-home-hiit-routine. Because I am not used to doing a ton of cardio, it was nice I could find one that is not at the highest difficulty level. It was still a super workout though. I was definitely sweating which is awesome considering it is only a 16 minute workout.

So in short, I would highly recommend checking out Fitness Blender if you want to get fit in your own home. As mentioned before, there are so many workouts to choose from and you can find something no matter what level you are at currently. I will be making a regimen out of their videos in the very near future.

https://www.fitnessblender.com/

 

Supplements For Fitness and Calorie Cutting

Supplements For Fitness and Calorie Cutting

When it comes to supplements for fitness and calorie cutting, I have admittedly tried a few. This was mainly back when I had a really unhealthy mindset about my body. I would encourage people to just focus on their food intake and workouts instead of taking some of the supplements that are on the market. That being said, if you do want to take something that you feel will help you reach your goals, make sure you do your research. To be perfectly honest, I do still take a supplement stack for extra energy once in a while.

This is a list (I seem to have a lot of lists!) of things I have taken/still take:

  1. Hydroxycut(multiple ones)- These made me feel funny and a little bit nauseous. Did not experience anything good from them.
  2. Atrophex- This was a fat loss supplement that is now off the market. To be honest, this really did accelerate fat loss at the time and provided a mental boost.
  3. C4 Preworkout- This is a powdered drink mix to be taken 30 minutes before exercising. It did give me a lot of energy for my workouts but it also made me feel sick at times. The taste is terrible.
  4. Universal Nutrition Animal Cuts- This is a fat loss stack. I absolutely hated it because I had to swallow a bunch of “horse” pills two times a day. It also did nothing for me other than make me choke.
  5. Plain caffeine (coffee and pill form)- I still use this everyday like a lot of people in this world do.
  6. EC stack(caffeine with Bronkaid)- I still use this stack once in a while for an even bigger energy boost than caffeine alone.

So there you have it! I know some people are going to think I am terrible for having taken these things but it is what it is. I know the risks now. While I do not recommend a few of the things on the list, a person needs to decide for themselves what they will or will not take.

How To Create A Workout Routine That You Can Stick With

How To Create A Workout Routine That You Can Stick With

My interest in exercise and being fit started back in 2008 when I decided to get healthier. First I joined Weight Watchers and then eventually I came across Tae Bo DVDs at the store. I got a bit of ribbing for doing those workouts but I did not care. They had me burning calories and getting into pretty good shape. I had so much fun with them and it made me want to try other types of workouts. I ended up doing different DVDs(pilates, cardio, full body and yoga), going on machines at the gym(elliptical, stair stepper, treadmill and the rowing machine) and then eventually weight lifting. I tried a lot of things!

I have now found the types of workout routines that I can stick with consistently and be happy with. I usually keep the same routine for 2-3 months before changing something about it (ex. switching out walking lunges for reverse lunges). Here are some tips to help you figure out routines for yourself:

  1. Figure out your goal: Do you want to run long distances? Do you want to get shredded for a while (not sustainable in my opinion)? Do you want to build up a lot of strength? Do you want to just get fit in general? Do you want to get fit and increase your flexibility?
  2. Once you have a goal in mind, go and research the exercises/workouts that are going to help you reach it. There are so many resources on the internet these days. I got my first weight lifting routine off of http://www.about.com.
  3. Figure out how many times a week you want to/can workout.
  4. Start writing up your weekly/monthly workout routines. You could buy yourself a nice looking notebook to record everything in.
  5. Have a positive outlook! Do not get down if you miss a day of working out. Life happens and it is not the end of the world.

That is it! You have to make your workouts work for you in order to be consistent and reach your goals.