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It's hard to believe but back in middle and high school I was really athletic, I was in cross country, track, soccer, basketball and more. I loved staying active but right after I graduated from high school, I had my son and as busy as my lifestyle was - I wasn't walking or running or getting hardly any exercise in anymore. I wasn't as active, my heart wasn't getting enough exercise and sadly I had gained weight as well. My body craved exercise and unfortunately, I ignored it for way too long.
Nowadays, when I'm not a work, and driving the kids around to their activities, you'll find me at the gym, yes you read that right - I got my groove back! I go a few days a week and I love it, there is nothing better than a great work out or knocking out five or six miles on the treadmill. So how did I get there? Well, it wasn't easy!
I started out by planning out an exercise routine, and I set aside time every week for the gym. The first few weeks I only made it once a week to the gym, but you have to start somewhere. I use my FitBit to help track my activity and exercise, and a lot of the machines at the gym will track your heart rate as well. If you don't have a gym close to you, search for a local trail to walk on, or maybe consider a school track!
Establishing a great work out routine is key, you have to find something that works for you and your schedule. Be sure to have a comfortable workout outfit, a great pair of walking or running shoes, your headphones (if you choose) and a bottle of water. Be sure to stretch before and after each and every work out, trust me - your body will thank you!
For the first three or four weeks, I went just one day a week to the gym. I started on the treadmill, I did a fast paced walk for 1 to 2 miles, then moved over and did 1 mile on the elliptical. After about a month I started going twice a week, increasing my time and miles slowly. There were times I was really sore for several days after, especially my knees. My legs probably thought I was trying to kill them - seriously!
Now, just a few months in, I happily show up at the gym three days a week, I spend a mile on the elliptical as a warm up, then head on over to the treadmill to walk a fast paced mile, then I start to run. Running is the best feeling in the world, it's hard to explain unless you've ran before, but my body and mind feels absolutely amazing after each and every work out. Some days I kick myself for not starting to work out many years ago, but now I'm definitely making up for it. I still have some days where I need to relax my muscles or soak them in the hot bath, but having Advil on hand has been such a relief, I don't leave home with out it!
Did you know today, October 12th is World Arthritis Day? Arthritis affects nearly 53 million Americans and can be very limiting. With the help of Advil you can be active again and maybe say yes to some new adventures even, (like the gym)! The EZ open cap is perfect for people struggling with Arthritis. Nothing's proven stronger on Arthritis and other joint pain* and is perfect *for minor arthritis pain. Among OTC pain relievers. The medicine in Advil is the one doctors recommend most for joint pain. More than the medicine in Tylenol or Aleve.** (Based on a survey of monthly doctor recommendations).**
So while I was picking up some new work out capris at Walmart, I stopped and grabbed a bottle of Advil Liqui-Gels - no joint or knee pain is going to slow me down! Between work, the gym and choosing better eating habits - I have never felt better, who knew 30 could feel so good? I'm going to keep pushing myself, I hope to run a 5K soon so I've got more training ahead but I'm so excited, I can't wait!
When is the last time you did something you loved? Is joint pain holding you back from getting that workout in?