Originally Posted By: Rickster
I too feel younger since I started learning to play the piano, (and lost 35 pounds ); not that I can play a piano very well.
Wow, how did you manage that? I stopped exercising when I started playing piano because exercise was cutting into my practice time.
(Actually, a month of allergies followed by a cold is what initiated the stop in exercise, but getting back into it was impossible with my new hobby)
It's only been out of necessity and the subsequent weight gain of about 10 pounds that I started exercising again. And exercise DOES cut into my practice time, and that drives me nuts!
Actually, I've thought about trying to market my "weight loss plan"!
People spend billions of dollars a year on weight loss products and services. But, I’ll give it away to my PW friends (just like I give away my meager music).
First of all, I’ve learned that the key to dieting, exercising and weight loss is consistency. Most who start a diet and exercise program just don’t stick with it long term.
Secondly, motivation is extremely important. Exercising is one of the most boring and difficult things to do. It is physically demanding and very easy to stop doing. In fact, it feels good to stop and rest.
Thirdly, I’ve learned that the fast weight loss plans can be unhealthy and even dangerous. It has taken me about 10 months to loose 35 pounds. That averages out to less than a pound a week.
Here is what I do…. I work four 10 hour days at my job as a technical college instructor. On the three day weekends, I exercise an hour a day. I do 6 routines that include 300 stair steps on a stair stepper, 35 sit-ups, and 30 bicep exercises with a 20 pound bar-bell for each arm. It takes a little over an hour to do those 6 routines; and I’m usually soaking wet with sweat afterwards. On my work days, I exercise for 30 minutes three out of the four days and rest on Thursdays, unless I’m feeling particularly energetic. I do 3 of those same 6 routines.
Now for the motivation…. My music, my family and my friends! And, I look better and feel better than I have looked and felt in a long time!! It is a real self-esteem booster when people comment on my weight loss and my physical appearance. That in itself is a motivation factor. Plus, my blood pressure, and cholesterol level has never been better. I hope I can keep it up.
Hope this helps!!