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Monday, November 29, 2010

Dial Diaries: Week 2 Exercise: Comment Here for an extra 15 entries into any giveaway in addition to the other extra entries

Week 2: Exercise

If you are incorporating the skin healthy foods we discussed last week into your daily diet, then you are ready for the next step to a healthier you: exercise.
Ok time to move on from revamping my diet to also including Exercise. If you are like me when you exercise you feel so good & your energy levels will go through the roof. I know at first it's a little hard to get motivated but the benefits are so worth every second you spend time being active. But best advice is to start out slow & do not set yourself up for failure.
In addition to helping you lose weight, exercise can help to prevent heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. It supports a healthy and radiant complexion by promoting circulation, which carries oxygen to your skin and other vital organs. It also causes you to sweat, which flushes out dirt and debris from your pores and gives your skin that natural, rosy glow.
So how do you fit exercise into an already challenged schedule? First, write it down on your calendar so you are reminded of it every day. Then be smart about how you exercise. I’m a big fan of interval training: a program that involves a variation in pace and intensity. For example, try walking followed by timed challenges like hills, jogging or running. You can also do this with any cardiovascular machine like a stationary bike or elliptical with periods of increased resistance if there isn’t an incline option.
There so many different programs out on the market so it's fairly simple to find the perfect routine. I also like a little variation so I don't get bored. One really awesome site with several different programs is you may not want to start out on P90X if you don't want anything too intense. But if you do, then this is a great program & I love it! But after a few months I incorporated the different programs into my routine for a change of pace so I didn't get bored.  
A great family activity is walking especially if you live by walking trails etc. Our kids would complain at first but they grew to enjoy the nature walks. Our dog Frank is the happiest puppy when we take him on the trail! Another fun option was our local track which was good for running. The kids would play on the field while we did our thing. Getting the family involved is a great motivator.
If you’re a beginner, work on building up to a 45- 60 minute walk almost everyday. Then you can reduce your time by adding in intervals like this beginner program for the treadmill:

• Warm up for 5 minutes at 3.2 mph.
• Alternate between steady walking at a pace of 3.3 mph for 5 minutes, followed by 1-minute challenges of 3.5 mph. Do three intervals like this.
• Toward the end of your workout, really push yourself for 2 minutes at 3.6 mph.
• Drop down to 3.5mph for 5 minutes, then 3.4 mph for another 5 minutes.
• Cool down for 5 minutes at 3.2 mph.

Over time, you will be able to increase your overall speed and intervals. Keep yourself challenged by switching from speed to hill challenges. And of course, remember to shower after your workout to remove dead skin cells and odor-causing bacteria. Plus, if you wash with Dial® NutriSkin™ body wash, you’ll be left with a delicious lemongrass or cherry scent and moisturized skin without a heavy residue.
The best advice I can give is to customize your exercise to fit your needs. It took me awhile to get into what I felt comfortable with but don't get frustrated. Also, do not set yourself up for failure by asking too much of yourself. Go out & spend money on a good pair of shoes which can help avoid disaster or injuries. This is also a great way to get your recommended daily water intake of a gallon a day!
Remember Diet & Exercise go hand in hand.
My skin has improved from extremely dry to not as dry after improving my diet. It was fairly easy to incorporate better foods into my diet with the right recipes & planning of meals :) I will be posting pictures later this week to show my progress. I wanted to post a Video but right now I have a cold & can't stop sneezing.

If you have a chronic illness such as I do take advantage of being healthy &/or becoming healthy. I have MS which is a health problem all in itself. My question to myself is do I really want another chronic health problem? Just because MS is a disability does not mean I am disabled.

All of the above information was provide to me by All opinions expressed above are solely mine & opinions may vary. I was not compensated for this post.


Penny W said...

You suggested to go out and spend money on a good pair of shoes. I'd extend that to *2* pairs. It's good to give shoes a rest between wearings so the materials in them can spring back.

Penny W said...

You're brave starting an exercise program in the winter. It's so much harder to stay motivated when it's cold out.

Tawnya said...

Cool! Thanks for the tips! Thanks for the extra entries!

Jeanie said...

Good luck with your exercise regimen! I ended up taking a jog this weekend with my husband, and this was the first time I've run in a long time. As much as I'm sore right now, I admit that it definitely felt good to run! I agree with you that everyone's workout regimen is different. I'm working out the kinks in my regimen. It's still a work in progress, but I hope to make working out a part of my regular routine each day. Thanks for sharing!

hendy said...

Exercise is so important but so hard to get there-once I get there and get started it feels so great afterward. I have a lot of friends and co-workers that have been doing the P90X routine and have gotten some great results just after 2 weeks-I'm really feeling the heat to start exercising especially with the holidays and colder weather, thanks for all the info.

Tatum said...

I know exactly how hard it can be to keep it up.
For me I think it has to do with more frustration than anything else. If I don’t see instant results I get irritated rather quickly. But one thing I have learned is to customize the routine to my level of comfort

MisAdventuresofMomof3 said...

I have to agree, as the air in our house has gotten drier, my skin hasn't! The water, diet, and exercise are truly helping. I think that most important is just getting out and doing something even it is just a walk around the block for 10 minutes. It's better than just sitting there.

katklaw777 said...

Remembering that Diet & Exercise go hand in hand is difficult for me. I hate to exercise, but some is better than none. I have a bad knee which makes walking hard to do. I just got one for those pedometers which I think will help me out. I plan on walking at least 10 more steps each day...this may not seem like a big deal but it will be to me. Your advice to customize your exercise to fit your needs is spot on. thanks

Haven said...

I think planning of meals is the best thing you can do for a diet.

Also my husband does P90X. Way too intense for me.

Drinking a lot of water can help dry skin too. :) I know because I have the same problem.

cstironkat said...

I like the wii for exercise because there are so many different choices and the wii fit with the personal trainer is great too.

cstironkat said...

I have found that exercise helps me with the winter blues. I get depressed on gray, cloudy days, but I feel so much better after a good workout.

Shannon Foster said...

This article reminds me that I need to start working out again. I have been slacking..thanks for the motivation!!!

Owen's Mom said...

Walking is definitely my favorite exercise. I never have to take a day off due to shin splints or injuries. It can be as strenuous or not as I want. Thanks for the exercise reminders!

I am also fond of the Wii exercise programs. Great for the cold, wet Pacific Northwest winter.

Trina said...

Thanks for the tips. I have begun going to they gym again. It is great for not only working out, but they offer childcare in the cost of my membership so I am able to take a shower there and do some of my beauty/facial cleansing while there.

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