Over the years, many many of you have asked me the same questions:
“How do you keep fit?”
“Do you work out a lot?”….
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.)
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.
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.
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!
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。
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!
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