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Top Ten Fitness Complaints

Nov 13, 2007
I run therefore I am fit and I do not need resistance training. Not so quick. You are fitter than if you did not run, but not paying attention to your entire metabolic need for resistance training is short sighted. All your muscles need to be worked or you will find yourself out of balance.

I am getting bored at the gym. Include variety in your workouts or you risk becoming bored and will eventually avoid the gym altogether. There are hundreds of different exercises to perform. Observe, ask questions, and get creative.

The gym takes too long to get through my workout. Stop resting between sets unless you are an Olympic athlete. Resting between sets wastes time and prevents you from reaching your target heart rate. Power lifters rest between sets. You are not a power lifter, at least I hope not.

I do not belong to a gym. No problem. You do not need a gym. Use your body weight as resistance and be as creative as you can with pushing and pulling your own weight. Knee pushups are better than no pushups at all. Push against a chair or counter.

Wrap a towel around a door knob and pull your torso back and forth towards the door. Do straight back knee bends with no weight on your shoulders and your legs will begin to burn after 30 or 40 reps, so do 80.

I do not have time to work out. Yes, you do have time. If you watch any inkling of TV, then you have chosen to escape life and not work out. Engage in sit-ups and pushups while watching TV.

I live in an apartment complex and cannot get to a gym. Good. Run your apartment stairs in thick wool socks. The socks protect your feet and eliminate noise from the soles of your shoes. And, workout in your apartment pool, recreation center, or apartment playground.

All I have is a swimming pool. Excellent, perform resistance work in your pool. Stand vertical and push and pull the water. You hands are not over your head and you shoulders will benefit from proper positioning. You can also run water sprints and perform abdominal crunches in the pool. Get creative.

It is time we set our excuses aside and get creative when we workout. Maybe even replace the word workout with body movement. Body movement is really what we are after, and our body will reward us when we put it into action.
About the Author
Tracy Cooper is creator of CoopdawgSports.com. A Fitness Lifestyle Coaching group committed to mentoring people in their quest for energy, fitness, and vitality. Visit us for a free consultaion at CoopdawgSports.com
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