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HOW I KEEP FIT & WHAT’S MY FITNESS PLAN IN 2018

Over the years, many many of you have asked me the same questions:

“How do you keep fit?”

“Do you work out a lot?”….

In Chinese:

一直以来,很多人问我同样的问题:

“你是怎么保持健身的?”

“你经常锻炼吗?”


At the beginning of the 2018, I decided to talk about my fitness routine, both to share my story with you and even more to motivate myself to work better and harder in 2018.

 

在2018年的开始, 我决定和大家聊聊我的健身故事, 与你们分享我的健身励程, 当然也希望可以借此激励我自己在2018年更高效、更努力地工作与健身。



1. Fitness styles are really different from one person to another.

I think that makes sense, because we have different body types and different lifestyles.  For me, I am a busy mom, and I am also the stylist, editor, and model (kind of) of my blog, and I want myself to look good and feel good, besides trying to set a good example.  If you have heard the “rule” that body weight and shape is controlled 80% by what you eat, and 20% by working out, then you probably know that what you eat affects your appearance, and eating healthy and “just enough” is a key.  I am lucky that I am not really a “sweet tooth” type, but my weakness is salty and spicy food — a concern for me, because salt raises blood pressure, and my family has a high blood pressure history.  So I always try hard to find the balance between eating yummy but healthy food. (And I try to do it without being on a “salad diet” — they are definitely not my favorite food!  For me, I find other healthy foods — especially soups, Chinese hot pots, and lettuce wraps.  How about you?)

2. Sign up for a new gym and be close to it! And have fun and enjoy it!

I used to think a “stay at home” work-out can save money and allow more time flexibility, but — at least for me — it doesn’t work as well as I need.  There are always interruptions at home that don’t occur in the gym, and I found I started to get lazier and lose sight of the fact that working out can be fun!  So I got a gym membership 3 years ago, and I like the gym a lot — it’s convenient to my house, has a variety of good classes with good instructors, and it has good showers, a clean environment — and I really really enjoy finding some “me time” in the steam-room, too!  (Before I joined the gym, I spent a year going to a “hot yoga” spot nearby, but I found I enjoy the exercise, variety, and cleanliness of the gym better.  So now my yoga is usually a do-it-myself proposition, or I take a class at the gym or on an occasional getaway to a spa.)

1、健身规则应应人而异。

我们每个人都有不同的体型和不同的生活方式。对我来说,我是一个忙碌的妈妈,我还是我的博客的设计师、编辑和模特(哈哈,应该算是吧),我希望自己看起来健康,感觉良好。所以大家与其拿某个人的健身方式去追随,照搬,有可能会有不同的效果。减肥,其实大多数和大家每天所吃的有关,我们的体重和体形由你所吃的食物控制80%,20%通过锻炼。那么说到这,你应该知道说你吃的东西都会影响你的外表,健康饮食和“适量”是关键。我很幸运,我不是真正的“甜食”类型,但我的弱点是喜欢咸味和辛辣的食物——这其实也让我怕怕的。因为盐会促进高血压,我的家族有高血压病史。所以我现在是尽力在吃美味并健康的食品。(大家总说沙拉一定健康,的确是,但是我真的不是个喜欢吃沙拉的。对我来说,我更喜欢自己配的其他健康的食物——尤其是蔬菜汤、中国火锅(少油的那种)和生菜包。大家觉得其他又好吃又健康的食物有哪些呢?

2、参加收费健身会员,会馆最好离家近一些,选择自己喜欢并在期间玩得开心的健身馆很重要!

我以前觉得”呆在家里”的健身方式能省钱,在时间上还能有更多的灵活性。经过一段时间的在家健身,当时的我就感觉效果不是很好。在家里总是有这样那样的事情发生,健身不能很好的持续,而且当时我发现开始变得越来越懒,并且健身也越来越变得无趣。三年前我就狠心办了张健身俱乐部会员卡,我很喜欢这张健身房,离我家近且方便,还有很多好老师的不同的课程,而且有很好的淋浴,干净的环境,我还很享受她家自带的蒸汽房里,经常在那里可以有一小段静悄悄的属于自己的时光”!(在我办健身俱乐部之前,我是花了一年的时间去了附近的”热瑜伽”所,但经过比较我发现我更享受健身房的多样化的健身课程、和环境的清洁度。因此,现在我的瑜伽练习通常是都是自己一个人有空做拉伸,不少的健身俱乐部也都有瑜珈课,而且瑜珈自己做不难。


Outfit 1: Nike Sport Bra (red) + Puma Sport Bra (black) // CHRLDR Fit Leggings // Adidas for Stella McCartney Sneakers

3. Join a group class.

I feel going to a group exercise class motivates me more than working out alone.  And, I hate to admit, I like to compare my body to others — either I gain confidence in myself when I feel I look good, or the comparison pushes me to work harder to reach my body goals when I see them on the girl just in front of me!

4. Invest in new/good fitness look.

I like to see a “good image” of myself in front of the mirror when working out.  I feel that way I am more focused and more energized — if a pair of new leggings keep sliding down and doesn’t fit well, I feel I’m having a “bad class” and even a “bad day”. So, when an outfit loses its snugness from too many washings, and doesn’t hug me like it did when it was new, I normally get something new to wear.  If I want to enjoy my work-out to the max, my activewear has to fit well and look good, too!  Plus, after a while, I get bored with the same outfits, too.  And that’s a good time and excuse to call for a new work outfit wear!

5. Match my work out to what my body tells.

Do you feel the same as me, sometimes you feel very energized and other times you feel you are tired and your energy is totally “down?”  I used to go the gym almost every day, take a 1-hour high-intensity class, and try to keep up with every move that those professional athletes can do.  But because I am not a pro athlete, I didn’t move as well and didn’t keep my balance, and I hurt myself, injuring my knee, mostly.  I already had bad knees from playing sports as a teenager, and they often bothered me if I was not careful with them. So after I injured myself a couple times, I learned to moderate my exercise routine, and listen to my body carefully.  Now, when I feel I have lower energy, I either skip the gym or just do some gentle yoga.  And when I feel I can run non-stop, I do a high-intensity class in the morning and do another “fast walking dog” exercise in the evening.  My knees haven’t bothered me since I adapted my work-out to them.

3、参加集体健身课程。

我觉得参加集体健身班比单独锻炼更能激发我的动力。而且,我喜欢将我的身体与其他人作比较——从中一来可以培养更多自我良好的感觉,或者是被别人更优秀的身材刺激到,练得更有劲,好象老拿自己的身体与别人比不太好,应人而言,我这个人有点小野心,比上不足的时候我会有更多的动力想要做得更好。

4、投资于新的/良好的健身形象

我喜欢在锻炼的时候在镜子前观察到自己的“好形象”。每每看到镜子前棒棒的我,我会更专注,更有活力!另外如果一条健身裤不合身,我感觉会有一个“糟糕的课程”,甚至是“糟糕的一天”。所以,当一套健身服不像它最初新买时的那样“紧贴”,我通常会选择更换新衣服。我觉得合身适体的健身服不仅让健身更为享受,而且自己感觉会更好呢。再说了,健身服穿久了,会有厌倦感。这时便是一个很好的时间和借口去买一套新的健身服喽。

5、根据身体的感受与变化调整健身计划和活动 。

你是否感觉和我一样,有时你感到精力充沛,有时你感到疲倦,你的精力完全“低落”?“我过去几乎每天都去健身房,参加一小时的高强度课程,并努力跟上那些专业运动员能做的每一项运动。”但是因为我不是专业运动员,我没有良好的体力,当体力不支时,动作就会做不到位,而且没法一直保持平衡,于是有时便伤了自己的膝盖。我十几岁的时候就已经开始参加强烈体育运动,膝盖一直有伤,现在如果不注意的话,它们经常会困扰我。所以在我受伤了几次之后,我学会了调整我的锻炼习惯,并且认真地倾听我的身体。现在,当我觉得我的精力低落的时候,我要么就不去健身房呆家里休息,要么做一些温和的瑜伽。当我觉得自己精力充沛时,我会在早上做一个高强度的课程,晚上做另一项“快速遛狗”运动。自从我适应了我的锻炼计划后,我的膝盖就再也没有困扰过我了。



6. Define my activewear style

When I work out, I just wear my sports bra on top. I know it’s not ideal for everyone and not everyone would feel 100% comfortable with that. When I attend all the 10-20 persons group classes in the gym, I can tell there only a few (including me) who go for the sports-bra-only style.  But I don’t really mind, because I find it extremely motivating!  It reminds me to keep my core tight, my back straight, my shoulders back, and to look into which group of muscles I should be working on.

6、定义我的运动服风格

我健身的时候,喜欢直接单穿运动文胸。我知道这对每个人来说可能不太好接受。我自己在健身房里也可以看到,一节课,10 – 20人,只有少数人(包括我自己)健身时是只穿运动文胸健身的,其他大多数人都加穿了运动背心。我喜欢只穿运动文胸健身的原因,是因为我觉得它非常有激励作用!在镜子前可以时刻提醒自己要保持我挺胸收腹,后背挺直,肩膀向后,并且可以提醒我要注意我应该锻炼的肌肉群。



7. Check my weight everyday if I can.

There are all kinds of apps that you can download and record your weight everyday.  Some of them will have a report to give you an idea how many pounds you gained or lost in the last week, and then you can start to adjust your meals and work-outs more carefully, depending on if you want to keep your weight going more up or down.  One app I am using right now is “Happy Scale” (it records your everyday weight and gives you a weekly report; I am using the free version, and I like to keep track with it). Another app I am using is called “LOSE IT,” and I am also using the free version.  It records your every meal, and once you set up your weight goal, it will tell you normally how many calories you should be getting each day, and for how long it will take to reach your weight goal.  I like to record my each bite’s data, and like to know all the calories different food has, but I don’t really stick with it completely.  I find it’s hard to control my appetite sometimes, and more important, I feel happier when I don’t really limit myself eating only salad!  But the apps help me keep in mind my goals, and keep me conscious of what I eat, so that helps discipline me.

My goal in 2018, of course, is to keep active as much as possible, eat less, and eat healthier . Don’t get me wrong, I am a big eater when eating Chinese buffet or hot pot, but luckily for my diet, we live pretty far from Chinatown and the best Chinese restaurants, and I’m not really tempted to over-indulge with the less excellent Chinese restaurants closer to our home.  It’s a special occasion for us to make it to my favorite Chinese restaurants, but when we do — watch out!  All apps are off!

7、如果可以的话,每天检查体重

现在科技发达,有着各种各样的应用程序,你可以下载和记录你的体重每天的重量。应用程序将会有一份报告,告诉你在上个星期你体重增加或减少了多少斤,然后你可以开始更仔细地调整你的饮食和锻炼,这取决于你是否想让你的体重增加或减少。我现在正在使用的一个应用是“Happy Scale”它记录你每天的体重,并给你一周的报告; (我使用的是他家的免费版本)。我使用的另一个应用程序叫做“ LOSE IT”,我也在使用免费版本。这个APP可以记录你的每一餐卡路里的摄取量,一旦你设定了你的体重目标,它会告诉你每天你应该摄入多少卡路里,以及达到你的体重目标需要多长时间。我喜欢记录我的每一口食物的数据,并且喜欢知道不同的食物所含的卡路里,但我并没有完全按照APP提议的来饮食。一来发现有时候很难控制自己的食欲,更重要的是,当我不限制自己只吃沙拉的时候,我会感到更快乐 !但是这些应用程序帮助我记住了我的目标,并让我意识到什么该吃,该吃多少,潜意识里这样可以帮助我自律。

我2018年的健身目标是尽可能保持勤运动,少吃,且吃得更健康。可我非常喜欢吃中式自助餐或火锅,幸好我们家附近好吃的中餐馆都不多,所以当我非常非常想吃火锅或者遇个节假日什么时,才会一家人开家(出远门)去吃,这个时候可以将所有的应用程序都关闭了!哈哈!


Outfit 2: SG Collegiate Crop Top // Leggings // Nike Sneakers

So I hope I answered some of your questions.  In general, I work out a lot and very hard; I try to go to the gym everyday if I can, and I take the class that kills calories the most.  I try to watch what I eat every day and every meal. — No, it’s not that easy, but I really enjoy watching my body change and showing my abs to Red Bear to motivate him to move away from all his digital games and to work out with me.

If there is something you like , you want and you need, a goal you would like to reach, then you better start to move now.  When all of those habits become part of your life, you will begin to see good improvement, you will enjoy it, and that’s when you will feel happier — I guarantee it!

希望我有回答到你们的关于我如何健身的问题。总的来说就是,我经常(差不多每天)锻炼,且非常努力;如果可以的话,我每天都会去健身房,而且我最喜欢的是可以大出汗的课程。我也会非常小心的监视自己每天吃什么,每顿饭吃什么。当然,这并不是一件容易的事情,但我真的很喜欢观察我的身体变化,并向RB(我的儿子)展示我的腹肌,以激励他远离所有的电子游戏,和我一起锻炼。

如果拥有一个健康的体态也是你喜欢的、你想要的、你需要的,那么你最好现在就开始行动。当健身与健康饮食成为你生活的一部分时,你会开始看到身体悄悄的改变,你的生活会更有活力,而你也会感到更快乐——我保证!

 

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