Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Struggling To Keep Your Workout Schedule? So am I!


Sometimes following a fitness program or workout schedule is not quite as do-able as the folks writing the advice make it sound. I suppose the idea is to tell you what you should be doing to achieve your fitness or weight-loss targets, but you know sometimes life gets a bit in the way of all these plans, and there is just no way you can follow your intended program.

I know, because I am in exactly that position myself right now, and it is very easy to get derailed or discouraged and start to wonder if it's all just a bit too much to keep up in the face of uncontrollable obstacles.

My difficulty is that the local pool has closed for six weeks, and that's quite a blow to a training program designed to take me into the World Top Ten Swimming Masters again this year, so I've tried to find somewhere else to get in the necessary daily workout routine, but it seems everywhere I turn, I find the same refurbishing going on and pools closing all over the place; so what do we do? Well the point of all this personal story stuff is to say, "yes we have a real problem in sticking with the training plan but we can, and have to, adapt just to keep the ball rolling to our benefit". The last thing we want to do is give up or say, "let's forget the whole thing".

I guess I sound repetitive, as I say this in several articles, but you must, "keep on keeping on". That's the key to maintaining weight loss or maintaining fitness. It's so easy to get discouraged by the events and obstacles that life puts in the way, but the "can't beat me" kind of feeling can be nurtured by finding an alternative to your workout, and I bet that most of us have some aspect of our program that we have been meaning to work on, but have been too tied up in the regular main activity to focus on.

For example, here's what I have done to combat the lack of pool time. I'm doing some sit-ups, heaven knows I've been avoiding that pleasure for ages now, and I'm getting in some push-ups and a little work on the arms with some light weights, or if you have no weights, try two milk container jugs (the ones with the handles) filled with water, as barbells. Yes we all know that one, but you get the idea of what I'm saying, improvise, you don't have to have all the gear just to keep a maintenance level of fitness and you can also do all this stuff if you're on the road and in a hotel with no weight room.

Now one of the things you don't hear much from the pundits pushing their fitness or weight-loss programs is how they are doing and, if we do, it's all upbeat and rah-rah. Well let me tell you, I went quite some distance to find a pool that was open, as it had been close to two weeks without any swim workout, and boy, oh boy did I feel pretty bad! Arms of lead and legs that reconfirmed to me that if you don't have those legs in shape, you're "cooked". This is the other area I'm always harping on about, but you know it is true that the legs are the key to core strength and if we don't get them in shape, it really doesn't matter how good the rest of the body is because the leg fatigue will suck all the power from the engine.

So I struggled through my session and at the end it was a little better, but knowing I had at least put in a maintenance type session made me feel better and back on track, if not improving at least holding steady and not rolling backwards and that's my point. Whatever is temporarily disrupting your plans or throwing you off your schedule, work around it by adapting and using inventive thinking to keep you from slipping backwards. Like I've said in my articles before, the key phrase is, "keep on keeping on!" So keep on and don't give up!

Good luck, all the best.

About The Author

Gordon Black is a world-ranked Master swimmer and Canadian national record holder. A member of the British swim team in the late '60s, after thirty years out of the pool, last year Gordon returned to competitive swimming in the Masters forum. He offers an online weight loss, fitness and motivational coaching service through his web site www.gordonblack.com where his competitive comeback is chronicled. Gordon is currently working on a book based on his own weight management and fitness system - publisher's enquiries welcome!

gordon@gordonblack.com


MORE RESOURCES:

BBC News

Three Afghan soldiers missing from Massachusetts training exercise
Bangor Daily News
Three Afghanistan National Army soldiers have been reported missing from a joint military training exercise taking place in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, officials said on Sunday. The officers were reported missing from U.S. Central Command's Regional ...
3 Afghan Soldiers Missing from US Training ExerciseVoice of America
3 Afghan soldiers go missing from U.S. military training exercise in MassachusettsThe Republican - masslive.com
Three Afghan soldiers missing from joint training exercise in MassachusettsWashington Post
AOL News
all 303 news articles »


Wall Street Journal

Alibaba IPO Biggest in History as Bankers Exercise 'Green Shoe' Option
Wall Street Journal
The bankers exercised what is know as a "green shoe" option, which means they buy additional shares from the company to cover stock they sold to meet high investor demand. If the stock had fallen below the IPO price, they likely wouldn't have bought ...
Alibaba bankers exercise green shoe option, pushes IPO to biggest ever worth ...VC Circle
Alibaba issues additional shares to raise IPO total to $25 billion: reportReuters

all 4,049 news articles »


University Herald

Exercise added to chemo shrinks tumors faster
Futurity: Research News
Adding exercise to a regimen of chemotherapy shrinks tumors more than chemotherapy alone, according to a study with mice. Exercise has long been recommended to cancer patients for its physical and psychological benefits. For a new study, published in ...
Exercise May Boost Tumor-Fighting Ability of ChemotherapyUniversity Herald
Exercise can enhance tumor-shrinking effects of chemotherapyMedical News Today
Exercise boosts tumor-fighting ability of chemotherapy in cancer patients ...Fox News
Science World Report -TheHealthSite -Penn: Office of University Communications
all 42 news articles »


Washington Times

Jet fighters to fly over D.C. in NORAD training exercise
Washington Times
The North American Aerospace Defense Command, better known by its acronym NORAD, will be conducting a training exercise in the national capital's airspace from midnight Tuesday until 2 a.m. Wednesday, according to a statement from the agency.



Afghan soldiers missing from Centcom exercise in New England
TBO.com
U.S. Central Command runs many international military exercises around the globe that plan for a host of contingencies. But now officials assigned to the MacDill Air Force Base-headquartered command are taking part in something that wasn't planned.



Emergency preparedness full-scale exercise conducted in Flemington
Hunterdon County Democrat
17, full-scale exercise was the largest exercise of the Fixed Facility Plan and First Responder Plan. Exercise participants included 34 businesses, schools and municipalities. Agency representatives at the exercise included the County Department of ...



Alibaba underwriters exercise option to buy additional 48 mln ADS
MarketWatch
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. BABA, -4.14% said Monday that the underwriters of its initial public offering have exercised the option to purchase an additional 48 million American depositary shares from the company and certain ...



TheHealthSite

Navratri Special: Get a toned and sexy back with these exercises
TheHealthSite
Navratri Special: Back exercises for a toned and beautiful back When it comes to Navratri, a toned back may top your wishlist. A perfectly sculpted back allows you to look your best in your deep-cut blouses or backless cholis and also gives you the ...



Philippine Star

Why it is better to exercise outside
Philippine Star
MANILA, Philippines - The benefits of regular physical activity are hard to ignore. There is no doubt that exercising is one of the most effective way to have a healthy mind and body. The good news is, you do not have to go to the gym to achieve its ...



Photo gallery: Firefighters participate in flashover exercise near Ann Arbor
The Ann Arbor News
Area firefighters gathered throughout the weekend at the Ann Arbor Charter Township Fire Department to participate in flashover exercises facilitated by instructors from the Oakland Community College Fire Training Institute. Trainees from local fire ...


Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.