Two weeks ago, Callie and Lauren started an initiative called Bloggers For Health which is exactly what you expect -- a series of posts, on Saturdays, promoting better health. Each Saturday has a different focus, provided by Lauren. Participants, of which there are 18, write about their experiences on that topic.
I am eager to join this initiative because I know the importance of good health. Not only does fitness improve the quality of your life, by giving you greater energy and enthusiasm, it also affects the quantity of your life. Too many people in my age-group suffer debilitating illnesses (e.g., diabetes; heart disease) that are entirely preventable. After a few decades of living poorly, your body will exhibit negative consequences we could have avoided by simply being a little more active.
Today's subject is workout plans. I'm going to approach it from a general perspective.
The best workout plan is the one you do. You can have the most ambitious, elaborate plan -- but unless you implement it, it's empty words. The key is actual action.
Some bloggers are going to give you a detailed calender of exercises; I'm going to give you an idea. The most important thing you can do for fitness is to move. Moving our bodies is natural exercise and critical to health. Studies find that people who physically move more during the day have better overall health.
Like many of you, I have a demanding job and little time for luxuries like formal exercise. So I figured out how to squeeze physical movement into my day in an easy, organic way. There is a Post Office a quarter-mile from my law office. Two or three times a day, I walk to the Post Office and mail stuff. This adds up to a mile or two a day, plus the walks give me a welcome break from a stressful atmosphere. Being away from my office relieves stress and oxygen filling my lungs during those walks renews vigor.
In addition to this, I do the following as regularly as I can. One day I do simple exercises like push-ups, sit-ups, leg-lifts and squats. The next day I use a Nordic-track which is like walking with resistance. A third day I lift light weights. On the fourth day I rest. Then I begin the cycle over again. It's important to work different parts of your body and rest between exertion so your body has time to heal itself. It takes roughly 48 hours for muscles to re-build.
What do you do for exercise? Do you walk much?
Feel free to join Callie and Lauren's healthy movement. Go here.