Saturday, June 15, 2013
It is vitally important to stay in shape. We need to move our bodies to maintain our health. Plus, fitness feels good and gives you more energy to tackle the day.
This is especially true as we age. Our bodies naturally atrophy unless we use them. I make exercise a priority in my life 'cause I want to be around to read your blogs when you are old ladies.
I've learned two tricks about exercise. First, it has to be incorporated into your life so you'll do it regularly. Second, it has to be fun. Nobody wants to face drudgery and a plan without enthusiasm dies a quick death.
I walk. And walk. And walk. Everywhere, all the time. I look for excuses to move my body, like hiking to the post office a half-mile from my office. I go there 2-3 times a day. I walk up stairs when given the choice of them or an escalator. It's an easy way to include physical movement into my life without a big fuss. The easier something is, the more likely you'll do it.
New York City just instituted a cool bike-share program with thousands of pretty blue bicycles available at very low cost. You can take unlimited rides (up to 45 minutes each) for $95 a year or pay less for a week- ($25) or day-pass ($10). There are 600 locations where you can grab a bike and more will be added soon. It's a terrific idea that has worked marvelously in other cities.
Walking outdoors, bicycling outdoors, hiking, etc. are fun ways to get exercise while focusing on something other than the wall in front of a machine.
Do you exercise? What do you do?