In just three months, Devlin lost almost 50lbs, all by keeping her routine fresh and changing her mindset, “I now view exercise as a gift I give to myself instead of punishment.”
To fight boredom, shake up your routine frequently
At the age of 50, Gerald Blight's years of inactivity came back to haunt him, “I was found to have a 95% blockage in my heart, and after two cardiac stents, I was told that my coronary artery disease was advanced and that I had to start exercising or I would die.” How's that for a wake-up call?
He started with cardiac rehab that consisted of treadmill walking and using an arm ergometer, but he wasn’t happy about it: “I felt I didn’t belong among the other patients, as I was the youngest by far. My bad attitude showed, and the only way I had to express my anger was by channeling it into the three-month prescription.” To his surprise, though, at the end of his 13-week program, he was hooked.
The main challenge he found, though, was boredom. He transitioned from treadmill walking to strength training, then a twisted ankle took him to the swimming pool. All his effort paid off. “I lost about 20 pounds, and several inches off my stomach. After about nine months, I was a different person.”