No Excuse

Some of us are better at coming up with reasons not to exercise than we are at actually exercising. Well guess what. There is no excuse to not do some type of exercise on a regular basis. Yea, there may be a good reason not to do “hard core” workouts but every one of us can do some type of exercise. This is what Uncle Bud told us Friday at the Coffee Club. Sometimes it would be easy to let the man irrigate us but because we know he is concerned about us and he practices what he preaches we listen. We listen, and most of us try to follow his example.


There are times that a member will try to challenge Uncle Bud but it is always in fun and thought provoking. Friday, Sam, was in the mood to see what Uncle Bud would come up with if he started making excuses about his not being able to exercise. He tells the group, “You know I travel a lot and the places I stay do not always have a weight room for the guest” I cannot carry my weights and treadmill with me. So in reality I do have an excuse.” He knew when he started he would not get the last word or win the argument. He just finds it fun.


It took Uncle Bud less than five seconds to begin his rebuttal. He begins by asking Sam if his car is big enough for two tennis balls and a couple of cans of soup or water bottles. From this point he tells us that to “exercise on the go” all we need to have is two tennis balls, something to use for hand or wrist weights, a chair and a towel. He adds, with a chuckle, that he hopes Sam can fine a hotel that has a chair and towels in the rooms.


Here are a few of the things Uncle Bud tells us we can do for exercise while on the go:


Hand Grip – hold a tennis ball in each hand. Slowly squeeze the ball as hard as you can and hold it for three to five seconds. Relax the squeeze slowly. Repeat ten to fifteen times.


Wall Push-Up – Face a wall and stand a little farther than arm’s length away. (He cannot help asking Sam if he can find a room with walls) Lean forward and put your palms flat against the wall at shoulder height and shoulder width apart. Slowly bend your elbows and lower your upper body toward the wall. Be sure to keep your feet flat on the floor. Hold the position for a second or two. Slowly push yourself back so your arms are straight. Repeat ten to fifteen times.


Overhead Arm Raise – This exercise can be done while standing or sitting with your feet flat on the floor. Either way be sure to keep your feet shoulder width apart. Hold weights (soup cans etc) at your sides shoulder height with palms facing forward. Slowly raise your arms over your head keeping elbows slightly bent. Hold the position for a second or two then slowly lower your arms. Repeat ten to fifteen times. (As you improve you will want to increase the weight you are lifting)


Uncle bud notices the time and announces he has more to share but it will have to wait until next week. He does take time to remind us that if we are ready to get serious about our health we should get in touch with the professionals at Weigh to Wellness. He says that is the place to go for all we need to get on the right track for losing weight and becoming healthy. Give them a call at 205-994-2393. You can also check them out on the web:


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