Late last year, I wrote about making better financial decisions. In addition to financial goals, this article also included a 2017 weight loss goal and a commitment to keeping myself accountable by regularly reporting progress here on Financial Slacker. So it’s time to start working out again.
Ever since hitting the age of 40, the weight has been piling on. And I’ve let my fitness lapse as well. I was talking to a friend the other day while walking outside and I could barely carry on a conversation.
When I was traveling every week, I used that as an excuse. But now that I’m working from home for myself, there are no good excuses.
Last year, I tried running again and Ms. Financial Slacker even signed me up to run a half-marathon in January. But shortly after I started, I injured myself. I went to the doctor last week and my injury has healed. So I guess this is as good as it’s going to get. The time to start working out is now.
Rather than jumping back into a high-intensity running program, I’m going to ease back in. Here are some good body weight exercises that I’m starting with.
I am also pulling the bike out of the garage although I’m not a fan of outdoor exercise when the temperature is below fifty degrees. I much prefer to be outside in the heat of summer rather than in the cold of winter.
The elliptical machine we have at home is another possibility as it’s low impact which is good while I’m still on the heavy side. But I’ve always had trouble staying motivated to ride in place for any length of time.
And as the kids are big swimmers, they have encouraged me to get in the pool. While I realize swimming would be a great low impact way to lose weight and get back in shape, I’m also finding it hard to get motivated to head over to the gym on a regular basis.
As you can probably tell, I’m not too excited about any of my exercise options so I plan to mix things up initially, making sure to exercise at least four days per week for at least one hour each day.
Anyone have thoughts on other fun ways to exercise and get back in shape?