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I gain, unfortunately, about 12-15 pounds over a school year
True, and L.A. doesn't even qualify for that. If there's one thing Los Angels isn't, it's dull. Unless you're talking about the weather. High-70s, sunny and dry 350 days a year can be boring, I guess.
You got one of those inflatable exercise balls? They are good for stretching out the back and shoulders, and you can get a quick workout of sorts in with one of those and some weights/push up grips.
I started a program where I began doing 25 pushups a day in small increments (I could barely do 5 at a time). I added a pushup per day per week. I'm up to 49 pushups a day and I can do about 25 in a row. It's really a rewarding benefit curve. You notice a difference right away. You get an inadvertent core workout too.
That's the bonus you are getting if you move into a good school district, not the teachers but you are surrounded by better parents and therefore better kids.
We have a county school system, not town-by-town. They are obliged to spread the "good" teachers around. You hit the nail on the head about the "better" schools being better because the parents are generally better educated and value education highly. One usually pays quite a real estate premium for those neighborhoods.
Yup. Too many people figure, "Well, I can't do 100 in a row, so I won't bother working out at all."
If you can do 5, do 5. Tomorrow, try for 6. Etc.
I used to do sets where I started with
Set 1: 20
Set 2: 15
Set 3: 10
Set 4: 10
Set 5: 5
If you're feeling ambitious, turn over and do crunches between pushup sets.
Not so much teachers as supervisors or managers. Teachers assign huge amounts of homework and the process of doing the homework is where the teaching and learning takes place. At home. With no teachers in sight. Teachers check to make sure that the homework is complete, give a test, and let the chips fall where they may.
"Two kinds of people become teachers: the ones who genuinely want to educate children, and the ones who want summers off."
Also good stuff, although I'd add that you could do ANYthing instead of "rest" that works a different part of the body - squats, crunches, whatever.
The hardest part about even the easiest exercise schedules is sticking to the schedule. Just do something everyday.
You really can, but I prefer sit-ups because it attacks your core muscles. Between the pushups and sit-ups, a 10-minute combination set daily is all you need to keep your core muscles strong. Mix in a brisk walk in the evenings, and you're set.
Also, I hate to sound shillish, but keeping a proper record of your diet is extremely helpful, and the one aid that has helped me immensely is this one. They have a great database of foods, including heaps of specific restaurant dishes, and their mobile apps are easy to use and ensure you're able to keep your log even on the go.
Exercise is easy for me, but dieting is a huge fail.
Now, I'm back on the horse, but find I'm back down to 20 push-ups,
My MIL is a high school teacher. This year she's experimenting by recording her lessons on videos and having the (calculus) students watch the videos for homework. They then do the exercises in class where she can help and answer questions. From what I understand, she and the students love it.
I hate the first day of working out after not working out for a while. It's the worst.
That's why ex-NFL guys often blow up after they retire. A lot of them still eat like linemen long after they stop being linemen.
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