Why Am I Asking This Question?
Because one of the keys to sustainable living is health and longevity. If you are healthy, your life is sustainable. And I love you all, and want you all to live long, healthy, and productive lives!
Are You Having Difficulty Exercising?
I have fought and fought myself about exercise over the years. I’ve been through phases of aerobics, yoga, running, weight lifting, stair mastering, tread milling, rowing, biking, swimming, and lots more. But all phases. Nothing stuck permanently!
But if you need reasons to exercise, please read the Mayo Clinic’s top 10 reasons – they’re short and to the point. Essentially the reasons are: to feel good, live long, be thin and healthy, and stay smart. Pretty good reasons, don’t you think? So let’s all just find a way to do it, shall we?
What’s the Best Form Of Exercise?
The one you’ll do.
My husband works out in the gym of our building. I walk to work and garden. Whatever works is what we stick with, because our health is the most important thing. I found out over the years that I don’t like gyms. I also can’t always afford yoga, taking exercise classes, or swimming. But I can afford to walk, and I can afford to garden. And so I allow myself to be ok with that.
You’re most looking for aerobic exercise that lasts 30-60 minutes at a time, and something you’ll enjoy doing every day or nearly every day: brisk walking, jogging, bicycling, swimming, dancing, some types of yoga and pilates, tread mills (and equivalent gym equipment), etc. There are 1,440 minutes in every day. All you need is 30 of those to exercise.
Walk With Me!
If you enjoy walking, walk with me! There are 24 of us walking together now – come join us!!
Bored walking alone? Start a walking group! Ask a friend to join you, walk with your partner in the evening, find a coworker who lives near you to walk with.
Be Smart & Safe
Wear Supportive Shoes
No matter what exercise you choose (except swimming), make sure you wear shoes that give you adequate support. You don’t have to find them new – if you don’t have any good shoes, you usually find decent shoes at a local thrift store, just make sure the soles and arch support are still good.
Just like your car on a cold morning, your body doesn’t like to start up and go immediately. Stretch and start out slowly, allowing your body to ease into your exercise. Then do the same at the end: slow down and ease out of the exercise.
If you feel unsafe, exercise with a friend. If you have heart troubles, make sure you consult your doctor. Please be safe.
What Kind of Exercise Do You Like Doing?
Are you exercising now? If not, will you start? I want you to live long, be healthy, and stay smart. So how about it? (No excuses now!)