It's not about being a "fitness freak" it's about being healthy and in shape. Of course, there is a little "FREAK" in all of us, whether it's sports, politics or just being weird but we own it and love it! Yet, why do we think that adding a little exercise in our day will make "fitness freaks" out of us? Exercise should be a part of your life and that could be something as simple as walking, gardening or dancing. You owe it to yourself and to those who are special in your life. . .even your dog! I have always incorporated running and a good workout into my day whether I worked full or part time AND with my stinky kids too. That still holds true today. It's like I never put the running shoes away and I am SO GLAD that I didn't!
My family's health history consists of breast cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. For a few, these health concerns have taken their lives and has deeply effected my family unit. For me, I have been blessed to have a mother who quickly recognized the dangers of not being healthy and accepting a sedentary lifestyle. Growing up she made sure that our meals did not contain a lot of salt or sugar. My mom would have a lot of fruit and vegetables in the fridge, make sure our junk food was limited and made us drink tons of water. We were also very lucky to have a large backyard and all the kids in the neighborhood would come over and start an incredible game of kick ball or wiffle ball. She had us ALWAYS moving! Now we have computers and computer games that take up a lot of our time. Take control and limit your time on the computer.
30 minutes a day is all you need to get your body going! I read an article today about a woman who smoked and wanted to see if she could run around the block. . .just once. She barely made it half way around that block but was determined to try it again, and again. . .and AGAIN! She is now running 1/2 marathons and she is healthier and happier. . .OH and the smoking. . .she kicked it to the curb!
Daily exercise can help prevent over 80% of the health problems that Americans face today. It's OK to sweat, be a little out of breath and sore the next day. You are not going to melt or dwindle away. You will actually be stronger and become hungry for more!
Here are just a few things that can get you started on a healthier lifestyle
(I think you will be surprised):
- Washing or waxing your car for 45-60 minutes
- Washing windows or floors for 45-60 minutes (I'd rather run)
- Gardening for 30-45 minutes
- Walking 1 3/4 miles in 35 minutes (20 minutes/ mile)
- Dancing fast (social) for 30 minutes
- Pushing a stroller 1 1/2 miles in 30 minutes
- Raking leaves for 30 minutes
- Shoveling snow for 15 minutes (even in the cold my friends, I'd rather run on a treadmill)