Introduction Guidelines for Program
3 STEP FITNESS/WELLNESS 90 DAY PROGRAM GUIDELINES
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Read though and familiarize yourself with all the important information, so you can get the absolute most out of your 12-week program
THEN: (Click on any of the STEPS on the left, view the contents and use your BACK ARROW to return to this page)
STEP 1: Purchase Fitness Program
STEP 2: Order Wellness Phase, Dietetic Supplements
STEP 3: Pick up all necessary “peripheral” materials for program
STEP 4: Learn how to use your corresponding Workout Charts that will be mailed to you.
STEP 5: Wellness Phase Dietetic Supplement Program.
STEP 6: IMPORTANT – MUST USE FORM to Set MONDAY date to start 90-day program
This is a marathon, not a sprint.
Remember, our simple, time-proven strategy:
“Start small, and add one small thing each week.”
This platform works AMAZINGLY WELL, If . . . you don’t fall into the mindset that something this simple, easy and unobtrusive can’t possibly work.
After we pass age 50, and our bodies start the “winding down” process, gradual progression is the only realistic concept that . . . DOES WORK!
First the DON’TS:
Don’t start out too aggressively
We want you to comfortably build your workout routines slowly, day by day – week by week
NEVER . . . NEVER, perform any of my exercises for more than 30 SECONDS, at a time!
Because of the older generation’s physical degeneration of muscles, joints, and tendons; it is more advantageous for folks over age 50 to exercise in short bursts, with rest periods between repetitions, instead of extended workouts.
Forget the old axiom: “No Pain . . . No Gain”
You must discern the critical differences between pain and soreness. “Pain is bad” . . . “Soreness is good” At our age you can’t just “work through the pain” like we used to when we were younger.
Pain; will lead to your having to curtail the program until your body can heal, which means you probably have to start over.
Soreness; will tell you if your workout routines are being effective. It will tell you if you are targeting the proper “intended” areas. The more you flex the targeted areas, the soreness will slowly dissipate.
Don’t hold your breath
This is the worst thing you can do during a workout. The more oxygen you can take in, the easier and more beneficial your exercise will be. You will notice; when weightlifters, prior to attempting to move a heavy object, work themselves up to the task by taking a series of deep breaths. This delivers the much-needed fuel to the targeted muscles to be able to perform the exercise.
Don’t weigh yourself every day to start with
This simple task could do irreparable harm to your continued participation in the program. We are all different in our physical and metabolic makeup. Some will gain and lose weight and inches at different rates. Since we are going to be interacting with each other as a support group, sort of comparing notes, we want positive not negative feedback. If some are progressing faster than others, we don’t want “ANYONE” to become discouraged and dropout. I suggest you don’t weigh more frequently than the end of each week. Monthly would be ideal.
Remember; “it’s not important where you start, or even where you end up. What is important is that you progress, to some degree, each week.”
Most of us are not going to enter any bodybuilding contests . . . we just want to feel and look better so we can get the absolute most out of our retirement years.
Now the DO’S:
Flex your abdominal muscles CONSTANTLY
This is something you can start immediately. Anytime you commit to a physical exertion, of ANY KIND, i.e. (standing, sitting, walking, getting out of bed, getting into bed, turning over in bed, driving, etc. . . . ANYTHING). In other words; conscientiously precede “any” physical action by tightening your abdominal muscles first and hold it throughout the physical act. This one simple act can produce Miracles!
Set a specific time when you will do your exercises
I would suggest that you exercise as early as possible after waking. I suggest this for these reasons;
- You are the strongest and most alert at this time of the day.
- You will treat this chore like any another daily function, i.e. brushing your teeth, going to the bathroom, combing your hair (if you have any), getting dressed, etc.
- Personally, I prefer working out prior to breakfast. It’s much easier than on a full stomach.
- Psychologically, it’s always better to get the task behind you than trying to fit it into your schedule later in the day.
Have everything you need readily at hand
(Applicable workout videos and personalized automated charts, clock, 3 stage rubber bands, workout mat, water, etc.) Don’t waste time having to find your tools to do your work.
Don’t skip ahead or miss your scheduled workouts
I have spent over 3 years developing the 3 Step Fitness/Wellness Program and have proven, through trial and lots of error, the system works as I have outlined it. I have provided 1 day of rest each week, “use it wisely.”
Take the Dietetic supplements, as directed
Consumption of the supplements will curb your appetite; give you more energy; and enthusiasm.
Losing unwanted pounds and ugly inches will make your workouts much easier.
Following the “small” weekly lifestyle suggestions, will not necessarily change what you eat but, habitually . . . HOW YOU EAT.
Remember this picture?
Because this individual has lost his abdominal muscle tone, (his human shear wall), ALL of his bodily functional loads has been transferred to his back. The human back was not designed for this ruinous onslaught.
How does strengthening our Core muscles really benefit our Bodies?
Here are 4 main critical body conditions that benefit greatly from a strong core:
Alleviates Back Pain:
Research shows that people with weak core muscles have an increased risk of back ache and injury, since they lack adequate spine support.
Core-strengthening exercises and core-engaging workouts can help reduce discomfort, improve mobility and improve support for the spine in people with both acute and chronic pain.
Core-strengthening exercises work all of the muscles of the torso from top to bottom and front to back, helping you stand tall with your limbs in alignment.
By improving posture, you decrease your risk of disc herniation and vertebrae degeneration.
Another benefit to improved posture is better breathing. That same balance that helps you stand up straight also opens your airway, making inhalations and exhalations easier.
Poor balance is a complicated condition, but mid and lower body weakness, are often contributing factors. Studies have shown that dynamic balance improves as core strength increases.
Safer Everyday Movement:
Daily tasks—such as maintaining balance on an icy sidewalk, carrying groceries, hoisting children and walking up a steep flight of stairs—are easier and less likely to result in an injury when your core is strong.
THINGS YOU NEED TO DO PRIOR TO STARTING YOUR 12 WEEK PROGRAM
Since you are reading this Introduction outline, it means you have already taken the most important step, and purchased the Fitness portion of the 90-day program.
You need to order your first month’s supply of Dietetic Supplements as soon as possible. Depending on where you live and will determine how long it will take to receive your supplies.
These are the supplements:
PLNT PROTEIN MEAL REPLACEMENT – VANILLA or CHOCOLATE FLAVOR
1 – 2.44 lb. (chocolate) or 1 – 2 lb. (vanilla)
This product is produced by The Vitamin Shoppe. You can purchase it at your local Vitamin Shoppe store or order it shipped directly to your door, FREE.
The product comes in a powder form. Daily dose, approximately 4 tablespoons (measuring cup included in container)
Suggested use: I like either vanilla or chocolate flavor. I recommend splitting the (daily dose) in 2 parts (2 tablespoons).
Mixing instructions: The company suggests mixing powder with 8 oz. of water and stirring, shaking or blending until smooth.
My recommendations: Purchase a small single server blender:
(Walmart approx. $15.00)
Blending is much easier and produces a much better drink. Pour 8 oz. of water, coconut or almond milk in the container and blend in 2 tbsp. powder until smooth, (approx. 10 – 15 seconds). You can add ice if you want a smoothie effect. Drink one shake at approximately 9:00 am and another at 2:00 pm. If you are going to be away from home during the day, you can blend a drink and put it in a beverage container and drink it later.
Click on one of the links below to ORDER your Vitamin Shoppe Supplement
BOOST “high protein” Shake
One month’s supply consists of 1 Case = 24 bottles
This tasty shake comes in 17 Flavors. Popular flavors can be purchased in most local Grocery Stores. It is packaged individually and:
- 6 pack (1 week supply)
- 12 pack (2 week supply)
- 24 pack case (1 month supply) This case quantity can be ordered through Amazon .com and delivered to your door.
Suggested use: It’s best served refrigerated. No mixing drink right out of bottle.
My recommendations: “My favorite flavor is chocolate. It seems to be the flavor of choice that is carried in most stores. Best served cold. You will drink one bottle of BOOST within 1/2 hour of waking each of the 6 days per week.““BEST BUY”
(one month’s supply)
Case of 24 bottles can be ordered on line at Amazon.com , delivered to your door (see link below)
Pick up the necessary items shown below, for your workouts:
Yoga Mat or similar can be purchased at Walmart approx. $10.00-$15.00
Battery powered clock w/second hand under $10.00 at Walmart or download free Stopwatch App. for computer, tablet or smart phone.
Cloth or Vinyl measuring tailor’s tape under $5.00 at Walmart
If you can’t find it at your local store you can order from Amazon.com Click Here
YOUR PERSONALIZED TRACKING CHARTS
Each week you will receive NEW exercises and activities. Each of the added activities will be accompanied by a corresponding PERSONALIZED WORKOUT Chart. These charts will make possible for you track your “GRADUAL PROGRESSION” throughout the 12-week program.
Your amazing results happen so subtlety that if you don’t keep a detailed record of your development . . . you won’t know how you got where you are.
- Nine (9) Workout Tracking Charts (12 Weekly Sheets for each)
- Four (4) Personalized Picture and Measurement Monthly Progression Charts.
- One (1) Generic Instructional Sheet, explaining in detail, the simple method of using the Charts correctly.
Each week included in your 12 week program you will receive guidance on how to improve your eating habits and suggestions on how to make better food consumption choices.
This Wellness, Dietetic Supplement Program applies the same GRADUAL PROGRESSION concept to improve your “OVERALL” well-being. You will be “adding one small thing each week, for 12 weeks” until you absorb these benefits into a LIFESTYLE that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
SET YOUR STARTING DATE
When you have:
- All your Wellness Dietetic supplements in hand
- Accumulated all the necessary peripheral materials
- Received, by mail, and viewed the three starting corresponding Charts and familiarized yourself with their intended use.
- Filled out the Progressive Picture & Measurements chart and filled in all the necessary measurements and starting picture.
WHEN YOU HAVE COMPLETED ALL THE ABOVE TASKS . . .
You will go to the “PICK YOUR MONDAY” (Example) FORM below.
- Fill in your First and Last NAME
- Enter your EMAIL
- Enter the DATE you “ACTUALLY” want to start your 12 week program.
This date must be a VALID MONDAY DATE
When you click on the double arrows in the FORM (see example below), Three (3) appropriate Monday dates will appear; Choose the one that fit your schedule best.
(now fill out the form)
Choose the date, then click on the SUBMIT DATE button and your 12 week program will be initiated, and you’re on your way to Healthier more Fit . . . LIFESTYLE.
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