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Exercise? Blah, It Just Sounds Like More Work… November 8, 2010

Filed under: Learning By Example — Amber Whitener - Virtual IT Assistant @ 4:02 pm
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Back in September I wrote a post about how I really needed to make myself get more sleep. Well, I have done that 8 hours of sleep thing almost every single night since and I tell you what… I didn’t realize how tired I was until I actually started getting enough sleep.

It’s like that whole boiling frogs experiment… What!? Some of you have never heard of the boiling frogs experiment?

OK, there was a teacher that would make his/her students boil water and then throw live frogs in the water. Don’t worry though, as soon as those frogs hit the water they would immediately jump out.

Next the teacher would have the students put semi warm water in a pot and put the live frogs in… (They probably swam around all happy.) However, the student were told to gradually heat up the water until it got back to a boil.

The same frogs jumped out of the boiling water the first time ended up being slowly boiled to death.

Gross isn’t it? But what does this have to do with exercise? Well, let me answer the question with another question:

What is your environment like? Is it an optimal for you to stay healthy and happy? Or could you possibly be slowly boiling yourself to death?

I was definitely on a slippery slope to the latter. At the beginning of the year, I wasn’t getting enough sleep, I was stressing out about everything, I wasn’t eating right, I wasn’t exercising.

I was constantly busy! And yet, busy doesn’t always equal active. Ninety five percent of my work is on the computer, so, I have to change something else.

Last year, I gained a good 5 lbs during winter and I still have yet to be rid of it. So, this winter, I am not going to let myself gain another 5 lbs because I am too busy to exercise! Winter is quickly approaching and I had to ask myself: “Am I going to fall into the same cycle of less physical activity for another 3 to 4 months this year?”

My answer is: “Um… No!”

So, last week, I started exercising again.

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So, I dug out my old Denise Austin Pilates video and even the kids got out their yoga for kids videos this weekend. I am going to save myself from slowly allowing my energy to deplete even more because I am not keeping my body strong.

I like Denise Austin because she is so encouraging and authentic in her videos. The Denise Austin: Mat Workout Based on the Work of J.H. Pilates is my favorite. It is so challenging, but not too challenging.

She says things like “These exercises will help you strengthen and tone your muscles to be able to move around with everyday ease…”

Sounds nice right? 🙂 And she gives you work-arounds for some of her more challenging moves so that you aren’t plagued with sore muscles and joints!

I got my kids involved too

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This last Saturday, we (myself, my daughter 8, and my son, 4) decided to also get out my daughter’s old YogaKids video and do that together. It’s a set of two DVDs and we did the one called: “Silly to Calm”. It says it’s for ages 3-6, but my daughter and I both enjoyed it very much. 🙂

If you have a favorite video or activity to share, please do so in the comments! I am going to need some input to make sure I don’t get bored.

Remember to stay active this winter…
The hardest part is getting started.

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How well do you sleep at night? September 13, 2010

Filed under: Learning By Example — Amber Whitener - Virtual IT Assistant @ 11:58 am
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Insomnia is Latin for “no sleep”. It is a serious health condition that means you have the inability to fall asleep or remain asleep. All over the internet you will find thousands of articles about not getting enough sleep. Here are some common lists of issues that you can have when you don’t give it enough rest:

  • tiredness (duh)
  • irritability (UG, irritability)
  • memory loss
  • premature aging
  • depression
  • slow reaction time: “When sleep deprived, the brain is essentially too tired to process the information it is receiving effectively. The information eventually gets through, but the processing takes notably longer than in a person who is not sleep deprived. Most commonly, you notice your slower reaction times when in traffic. Although you might see a car in front of you running a red light, it takes some time until you gather yourself and step on the breaks. Slowed reflexes (and thus reaction time) are probably the most dangerous sign of sleep deprivation. Even a little sleep deprivation can still cause a measurable decrease in reaction time, which can prove to be fatal when getting behind the wheel.”
  • anxiety
  • attention deficiency
  • heart disease and hypertension
  • clumsiness ( < – LOL that’s all me!)
  • weight gain or weight loss (Who are they kidding? It’s probably gonna be weight gain.)

My goal for the next 30 days is to get 8 hours of sleep every single night. (I am starting tonight because last night I stayed awake reading this amazing book by Jodi Picoult – AMAZING writer. I seriously kept telling myself that I needed to get to sleep, but the next thing I knew it was 2am. :/ )

Because I have such an active lifestyle and am not sure if I believe in the whole “sleep debt” theory, I think 8 hours each night for a whole month with definitely let me know if I am sleep deprived because of my poor sleep behaviors. Anyways, I am going to see how I feel. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes. Have a great week!

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