After many gym memberships I rarely used, and a string of gadgets, I’ve finally figured out what works for me. Listen in and maybe you can increase your self-care quotient, too!
Want to Increase Your Self-Care Quotient?
Warning: What works for me might not work for you. And that’s ok. For years I struggled to stay healthy by going to the gym. But it seems like I spent more time feeling guilty over the money I paid than I actually spent at the gym. Once our kids came along, it went from bad to worse. Sure, gyms had free childcare, but I stressed out so much about what they might experience in childcare that it probably wiped out the good of going to the gym.
Over the years, I’ve discovered I prefer exercising outside–some people call it green exercise. I call it bliss. We live in a place where I can exercise outside about 80% of the time. Especially if I spend my summers in Alaska instead of Arizona. During the time of year when the daylight hours don’t coincide with my exercise time slots, I ride an exercise bicycle, run on a treadmill, or work out to Beachbody on Demand videos. I feel like I’ve finally learned how to increase my self-care quotient by using a variety of gadgets, gizmos, apps, and modes of exercise.
If you want to increase YOUR self-care quotient, you’ll need to experiment and decide what works best for YOU. You can use the after-action review process to help you save time and money as you figure out your exercise sweet spots.
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Ever heard of green and blue exercise? This post will explain their importance.
Want to figure out your target heart rate? Here’s the formula:
- Start with 220, and subtract your age (220-53=167).
- Subtract your resting heart rate to discover your HHR (heart rate reserve) (my resting heart rate is 48, so 167-48=119).
- Multiply your HHR by 70% and add your resting heart rate to the answer (119 X .7+48=131). This number represents the low end of your vigorous cardio efforts.
- Multiple your HHR by 85% and add your resting heart rate to the answer (119 X .85 +48=149). This number represents the high end of your vigorous cardio efforts.
Come Back Next Week
Next week I’ll share thirty hacks to help you be more active.