January 6, 2008

New Source of Exercises

Posted in ADHD, Exercise, Goal Setting, Posts by Renee at 2:08 am by bloggingawayadhd


Well, I’m not really “back”, but I had a few spare minutes and thought I’d share something new with you. I know that physical health is definitely related to ADD and mental well-being in general, so I decided to join the millions of other people with a New Year’s resolution of “Get In Shape”.

I’m not really overweight, though I could stand to lose 5 lbs in my mid-section (especially after reading the previous post by Joan about waist-to-hip ratio… when I gain weight, it’s always around my tummy, and I have a really flat butt!), but I do want to gain some muscle tone and get back to the shape I was in a few years ago.

Problem is, back then I had a great college dining hall (yes, my school had delicious and healthy food), with fresh salads and seasoned veggies available at every meal that required no preparation from me, and I was in the college’s Tae Kwon Do club. With the easy healthy food that I didn’t have to shop for, wash, chop, etc. and with more time on my hands, I managed to have a pretty good diet. Lately, I’ve been eating pretty poorly, especially since there’s a convenient fast-food joint downstairs from my office that is open late when I’m working after-hours.

My main problem, though, is that I really had become sedentary over the last couple months. I used to attend rigorous hour-long Tae Kwon Do workouts 3 times a week. Now, I barely work out at all, and it’s showing. I have all of the normal excuses – I’m super-busy, I don’t want to pay for an expensive gym membership I probably won’t use, it’s too cold outside to take walks or ride a bike regularly, I’m tired after work and don’t want to go anywhere but home…. but now I found a solution that has been working for me for the past couple weeks: on-demand “free” cable workouts!

I put “free” in quotes, because I’m (over)paying for Comcast cable, and the on-demand service is part of the service package I have. I only recently discovered these workout videos because I thought the only on-demand things that were available were rental movies, or pay-per-view boxing fights. Boy, was I wrong! I finally looked through the menu, and there are “cable favorites” (re-run TV shows), older movies, and a ton of 10-30 minute exercise videos On-Demand at no extra cost! I can pause, rewind, etc. and play them any time I want! I don’t have to have buyers remorse after paying for a video in the store because if I don’t like the personality of the fitness guru, or the exercises they want me to do, I can just try another one! Yay! I’m so excited.

So, you ADDers out there that either 1) misplace rarely-used exercise DVDs, or 2) have energy late at night when the gyms are closed, or 3) have the excuses I had above, or 4) get bored doing the same exercises every day – check out your cable on-demand shows! You might come across the good selection of short workout videos that I did.


1 Comment »

  1. Joan said,

    That’s cool because you can switch up if you get bored. If you can demand Denise Austin, I highly recommend her. I have a couple of her dvd’s. I love her mind, body, soul work out and it’s so relaxing and gets your heart moving. My trainer recommends jump roping. I jump for 30 seconds and rest for 30 for about 15 minutes. It’s only 15 minutes and you can do it at home. Exercise increases your circulation, getting more oxygen to your brain which is supposed to help Add’ers. Deep breathing helps as well.

    And for diet, I try to avoid simple white carbs like, rice, potatoes, white bread, etc during the day. I get really tired and sluggish afterwards.

    I am jealoous yall had good food at your college. We had a grease trap cafe.

    Good luck on your regimen!

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