Unless you are a fitness “geek” you probably don’t look forward to exercising. I know I don’t.
The question is: Why don’t we look forward to it?
The answer is probably not so easy because it varies by person:
• I don’t like to sweat
• I don’t know how to or what to do
• I don’t have the equipment
• I can’t afford a gym membership
• My feet hurt
• My legs ache
• I’m just plain lazy!
Several of those used to fit me. Some of them still do. Like being just plain lazy. I know I should get up and move around—take a walk or something. But I’ll tell you the truth, playing on my tablet is a lot more “fun” than taking a walk or pressing play on a fitness DVD.
Just plain lazy
I’m not even going to try to lie to any of you and tell you the photo in this post is from this year—because it’s not—it was from at least a year ago! I’ve still not developed a regular exercise routine this year and this year is nearly over. I didn’t even put exercise on my non-existent list of New Year’s Resolutions. I made no plan at all for exercise in my life. (That’s my granddaughter in the photo with me. She is my little workout buddy!)
That lack of planning doesn’t mean I can’t start today, however. And you can, too.
In the book, “Lose It Fast, Lose It Forever,” by Pete Thomas, he suggests that a person who is not used to exercising can begin by walking 30 minutes a day. It doesn’t even have to be a very fast or brisk walk, just getting up and walking for 30 minutes. If you wanted to, you could even walk around your living room for 30 minutes! (Although I think that would get really boring!) If you are already working out, Thomas says to add some intensity to the workout.
Walking is Exercise, too
Many of us don’t think of taking a walk as a form of exercise—and that’s a good thing—because with our aversions to exercise, we would probably not even want to walk to the fridge or cupboard for a snack! (In reality, though, I think most of us are ambitious enough to go get a snack! Unfortunately, the snack will undoubtedly be far more calories than our little “jaunt” to the fridge will burn!)
Actually, I don’t think it would be as bad as I suggested, but our minds work in funny ways sometimes and it’s probably closer to the truth than not.
I’m working on my commitment to adding exercise to my plan. It isn’t easy. I have been avoiding it like it’s the plague or something, but I know I need to add walking into my daily routine and I need to do it soon!
If anyone from the Be A Loser With Karin group or anyone who lives in this area, would like to walk with me, let me know and we will figure something out. I am a slow walker, but if you don’t mind me “following” you, then we can still walk together! Comment either here or on Facebook to let me know if you want to give it a try.
It is never too late
I just want to reiterate the fact that it is never too late to start doing something good for ourselves. We may not want to. We may be afraid. We may even think “what is the point?” But I, for one am not willing to give up. I believe that I will keep working on a healthier lifestyle made up of eating good foods and exercise until the day I am no longer on this side of the soil!
It’s not too late for you, either. If you can read this post and you can still move, you can make a difference in your life. Don’t give up!
Until next time, be good to yourself and to others!
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About the author
Karin Nauber, is a professional journalist who has worked in the newspaper business for the past 27 years. She is also a grandmother who, along with her spouse, is raising one of their granddaughters. Karin has five grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending as much time as possible. Karin also was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 11 years ago and has faced many challenges with the disease. If you would like to contact her, please do so at: firstname.lastname@example.org.