This Video Inspired Me to Get Back in Shape

This article is going to be different than my usual fare. It’s dedicated to anyone who wants to improve himself or herself in some way. I love brave people. It takes a fearless mind to make a video like this:

I enjoy a lot of Barbara4u2c’s videos, but this one hit me particularly hard when I first saw it about two months ago. Back in high school, I was a long-distance runner on the Track & Field and Cross Country teams. I’ve always been big on running and biking, so for most of my life I haven’t had trouble staying trim and toned. But in the past few years I had noticed myself starting to get a little out of shape. I was developing love handles and bit of a protruding belly. Nothing terribly noticeable, but definitely not where I like to be.

After watching the video above, I didn’t really take away anything specific. I didn’t follow her advice on eating habits, exercises, or taking pictures of myself to monitor my progress over time. But I just got an impression of health that I wanted to recapture. I knew what I had to do.

Unfortunately, the moment I got the itch to start exercising came right after I had hurt one of my elbows, so I wasn’t able to use my trusty ab roller or 20-pound medicine ball. It just caused too much pain when I tried to use them. Luckily, I remembered four simple workouts I used to do often:

  • Regular ab crunches.
  • Side sit-ups where I cross one of my legs while in the crunch position, put my hands behind my head, and turn toward the crossed leg while doing a sit-up.
  • Lying leg raises where I lie on my back and put my feet in the air. I pretend someone is pushing my legs down and I have to stop them from hitting the ground and then lift them back up into a vertical position.

I didn’t look for expert advice on what workouts are best or anything like that. I just went with my gut.

I didn’t want to push myself too hard at the outset, so I started with 50 reps each for a total of just 200. The first day was easy. The day after I was pretty sore, but I did the same 200 reps again. By Day 3 I was really sore. I did the same thing again. For more than a week I was in a lot of pain, but it was a good kind of pain because I knew I was doing something right. My body had no choice but to change because I refused to bend. To push myself to get stronger, I increased the number of reps for each exercise by 10 every few days. I’m now at 200 reps of each for a total of 800. I take off one day a week to let my body recover a bit and gear up for another rigorous week. Again, I’m not sure if that’s the “right” thing to do, but it works well for me.

Robert Lockard was inspired to get fit again by Barbara4u2c's video.The results were visible within a few days. My love handles have pretty much disappeared while my belly flattened and the muscles all tightened back into their proper form. Being in shape is a big confidence boost, and I highly recommend it. You don’t have to follow my exact exercise routine any more than I followed Barbara4u2c’s. I didn’t even change my diet because I already eat quite healthy. For me, it was just a matter of giving the food I eat a mission and reminding my muscles what they’re meant for.

I’m grateful to Barbara4u2c for her video, and I hope it can inspire even more people to enjoy the benefits of healthy living.

This is the Deja Reviewer bidding you farewell until we meet again.

About Robert Lockard, the Deja Reviewer

Robert Lockard has been a lover of writing since he was very young. He studied public relations in college, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 2006. His skills and knowledge have helped him to become a sought-after copywriter in the business world. He has written blogs, articles, and Web content on subjects such as real estate, online marketing and inventory management. His talent for making even boring topics interesting to read about has come in handy. But what he really loves to write about is movies. His favorite movies include: Fiddler on the Roof, Superman: The Movie, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Back to the Future, Beauty and the Beast, The Fugitive, The Incredibles, and The Dark Knight. Check out his website: Deja Reviewer. Robert lives in Utah with his wife and four children. He loves running, biking, reading, and watching movies with his family.
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