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Healthy Activities: I’ve Been A Miner for some Abs of Gold

If you’ve been reading along here, you are aware that I’m trying to get back into serious shape.

I’m committed to finally getting into the best shape possible. And that means getting back to my 31 inch waistline and working to finally get the “6-pack” abs going.

They say that for some people, it’s physically impossible to attain that elusive six-pack. Well, I remember swimming everyday some years ago and doing lap after lap at the YMCA pool… I impressed myself when I actually saw a two-pack! So, I don’t know why or how I slacked off, but I know it CAN be done.

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The Triple Threat

just meRight now I’m into three specific workouts:

Workout 1: Cardio – and this primarily involves walking/running around the lake. Which is a little over 5 miles. If I just walk briskly around the lake it takes me 1 hour and 15 minutes every time. This, I think, is an excellent workout. When I jog it can take about 1 hour.

Workout 2: Weight Resistance Training – which for me primarily involves free weights at home. I used to have a gym membership at the YMCA but part of my frugal philosophy was to let go of the gym membership and try to do things for FREE. Working at home using free weights is the perfect FREE weight resistance training routine. Why give your money away for something you can do at home for FREE?

Workout 3: Yoga – is something that I believe greatly compliments the first two workouts. The stretching alone in Yoga benefits by keeping the muscles, tendons and joints limber and helps prevent injury. Yoga helps to allow muscles to go through their full range of mobility, something that you simply won’t be able to do in your normal day-to-day activities. Even activities like running, biking or swimming won’t give you the full range of mobility. And that’s where Yoga comes in. Especially for runners (who really need to stretch), Yoga is the perfect compliment to a running regimen, and provides a more complete stretching routine than your typical stretches that are associated with running.

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Toggling The Threshold

Lately, I’ve been quite motivated.

For example, in the past two consecutive days, I’ve been doing all three of the above workouts. I would walk/run around the lake which is just a casual stress-free workout that goes for about 1 hour 10-15 minutes. Then, I do 1 hour of Yoga later in the day. At night, when I’m watching TV or a DVD, I do my weight resistance training. All in all, we’re looking at around 3 hours of total workouts!

It seems like a lot, but if you look at 24 hours in a day. 7-8 hours of sleep. 3 hours of working out is not too bad, but it does take a chunk out of one’s time. But, this is all a part of a greater plan to improve my performance in drumming and piano. Which I feel is important. Of course, include drum practice and piano practice and you’ve got a full day’s worth of activities.

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The Human Machine

The more I think about it, the human body is meant to work physically hard all day. In our modern age, many of us work at an office and sit at a desk all day. Those of us who are athletic train for hours and are in top physical condition. These athletes look like they are in superb condition and are at a top level of physical performance. So, for those of us who live a sedentary, non-physical lifestyle, we need to get off our behinds and work off the flab… so, I’m thinking that 3 hours of walking, Yoga and weight resistance training is a good regimen. Of course, I need to work in the rest days and alternate hard and easy days to allow the body to recover from strenuous activity.

The part I like is doing my weight training while watching TV. Usually we just sit in the couch or lie on a recliner chair while watching TV… well, why not kill two birds with one stone and work out while watching TV. Not that I watch a LOT of TV. I don’t. But, if one is watching some television, then why not work out at the same time. If I had more room, or a dedicated gym room at home, I’d make sure I had a treadmill or a stairmaster and a flat screen TV on the wall. I did a gig at a mansion in Rancho Santa Fe once where the owner had a gym room with flat screen plasma TV built into the wall. A treadmill was directly in front of the TV, and all the other weight machines and free weights around… that would be the ideal scenario if money was no object.

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Anyway, I consider myself to be in reasonable shape, but I want to take it to the next level. Have more definition, lose more weight to get lean and mean, and to finally get the 6-pack ABS that have been elusive all this time. At the very least, tone my body more and lose the love handles and little bit of fat around the gut.

I’ve been really inspired and motivated from reading Jack LaLanne’s “Live Young Forever”… it’s been a bit of an obsession lately to get into the best shape possible. And, I think a program of Cardio, Yoga and Weight Training should be the perfect “trifecta” in order to win the race.



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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