I’m a quality versus quantity type of person. Sometimes I combine the two, as noted by my makeup collection and jeans wardrobe. But otherwise, I’d rather have one really nice thing than a bunch of lesser quality ones.   

Take friends, for instance. 

I don’t have many, but those I have mean a lot to me. So when a relationship I thought was solid suddenly goes awry, it hurts. A lot.

It’s happened to me several times in the past. You’d think I’d learn, but nope. I keep falling for the charm of certain people and then one day realize it’s been a one-sided relationship all along.

That eureka moment results in a period of mourning, regret and, yes, sometimes, overeating to compensate for the hole in my heart where the rain comes in.

Wait, that’s a song. But it fits so let’s go with it. 

I talked about this in a prior post in regard to an emotionally abusive relationship I got involved in back in the early 90s. After more than a year of suffering, I gathered up the strength to leave.

I ended up  by literally escaping in the middle of the night like a fugitive in a Jason Bourne movie.

Only Matt Damon was nowhere to be found. Just me and a life I had to start over from scratch.

I found myself in a similar situation, although less serious, about six years ago. This particular “friendship” (because it never really was) ended slowly, like pulling the first piece of cheesy pizza out of the box.

When I finally broke free it took about four years before I could even talk about it, because I thought this other person was well loved and no one would believe me. Turned out, her life fell apart all around her as one-by-one, people began seeing her for her real self. 

Karma = the best revenge.

That particular person single-handedly did more damage to my trust in humankind than anyone in the history of relationships.

This brings me to the elephant in the room, the one question I’ve asked myself (and more than one therapist) time and time again: WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH ME??

When it comes to friendships I am loyal to a fault. Even when all signs point to EXIT NOW! YES, YOU! I choose to ignore the signs when I really like someone. In other words, if relationships were the Titanic, I’d stay on that sinking ship until the last lifeboat went out, believing it will all soon be alright, even as I slip under the frigid waters of my own naivetivity. 

So now I’m in a situation wondering how did I end up here, on an ice floe in the middle of the Pacific, AGAIN??  

Clearly, my intuition needs a bit of fine tuning. And by “a bit” I mean a total overhaul.

Ditto for my ability to choose my friends wisely.

On the plus side, I am apparently a MASTER at trusting the absolute worst people in the history of the world.

So if you need help with that, call me.

How does this possibly relate to fitness, you ask? Great question. It seriously doesn’t.

It absolutely does because, like relationships, some things are better when they’re together, and others should never meet. Like the people you thought were friends who end up being psychos.

But I digress.

In the case of exercises, combining two or even three moves together creates a few benefits:

  • Saves time
  • Boosts metabolism by using more muscles at once
  • More closely mimics real-life activity 
  • Adds fun and challenge
  • Helps you avoid making bad friendship decisions

Okay, all but the last one holds true. Still, adding them to your workouts is worth your while.

You can do this in a couple of different ways:

–Do one exercise that morphs into another using the same resistance (think biceps curls and overhead press)

–Combine a lower and upper body move into one (squat and lateral raise)

Here is a 3-move-in-one example to get you started… 

NOW YOU… do YOU use exercise combos in your workout routine — or will you try this one? Let me know in the comments section below… and please share this with your Ageless friends! 

Other posts you may enjoy:

7 Fat-Burning Walking Workouts (plus survey results!)

3 Favorite, most challenging ab exercises I love to hate

How to firm up thighs for real (includes new video!)

Got questions for me? Contact me at linda@lindamelone.com!

Your Ageless Body Coach,