I don’t know about you, but worrying about getting enough exercise plagues me daily.
I’m not a gym-goer, although I have made many large donations to several fitness centers with all good intentions that panned out as two trips around the circuit in order to justify the chocolate banana smoothie I sculled afterward.
Obviously the more exercise you can do, the better off you’ll be. I, however, am looking to find the least I can do to keep my heart beating and these joints moving.
After scouring the internet for doctors opinions, the general consensus seems to be that 20-30 minutes a day of moderate exercise at least 5 days a week, may not take pounds off of you but it will make a real impact on your cardiovascular health. In fact, you can reduce cardiac risk by 30 – 50 %.
So what is moderate exercise? Can you include reaching for the remote or walking back and forth to the fridge? Probably not, but just walking at a reasonable pace is going to make a difference, so anything you do that is more vigorous is even better.
Find what you like:
I suggest you really think about what you like to do. I don’t mind walking but I prefer to do it on city streets where I can be distracted by shop windows (like a crow is drawn to shiny things) instead of in nature. Stick me in a city I’ve never seen and I can go for 6 hours!
Are you competitive? Perhaps a game of badminton or hitting a tennis ball against a cement practice wall would break things up a bit. Sometimes I put on the music at home and dance for half an hour. Breaking out my old disco moves can be really inspiring and reminds me I why my ex was embarrassed to take me to clubs.
Whatever floats your boat is great, just do it consistently. Really, 20 – 30 minutes is nothing. It’s the time it takes to bake a dozen muffins…mmm muffins…gotta run!
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by M. Wally