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Monday, March 7, 2011

Does Your Pleasanton Workout Routine Suck?

For those of you who have been following my recent articles, you’ll recall that I’ve recently changed my approach to both diet and exercise. I’ve written a bit about my shift to an all organic diet, so I find myself compelled to share my experience with regard to exercise. I suppose it’s best to recap my former exercise habits in order to provide you with the most rounded overview of the dramatic transformation I have begun to experience as a result of this new approach.  In the recent past, no more than three or four months ago, I decided that is was not enough to just to change the quality of food I was eating, but it was as equally important to evaluate the ways in which I have been exercising.    

Currently I live in the Pleasanton, Dublin California area. However, prior to that I lived on the East coast.  Growing up I remember taking physical education classes in high school. When I think about it, it’s clear to me it was there that I obtained my perspective on how to exercise. 

Until recently my weekly workouts consisted of running three to four miles on the treadmill (35-45 minutes), followed by free weights or nautilus (60 minutes), endless sit-ups (15-20 minutes) and various other exercises (add 15 minutes). 

My average time per workout was over 2+ hours.  That’s a lot of time in the gym and the worst part about it, I never really made measurable improvements in my strength or stamina, not to mention weight loss, “Forgetaboutit”.  

As a result of this lack of improvement, I found myself at a cross roads. I was paying quite a bit of money for a gym membership, workout clothes etc, yet I was not making any real improvements. 

What should I do? 

Keep doing the same old routine and hope something changes?  

Then I remembered Einstein’s famous quote, "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."

Come back tomorrow for the rest of the story....

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