Walking is one of the best and most user friendly things you can do for your body (and mind). It puts less stress on the body compared to running and it’s pretty convenient for most people to do. But let’s face it, how often do you break a sweat when you go for a walk. In order to receive cardiovascular benefit from walking, you need to raise your heart rate. Aside from wearing a heart rate monitor, one way to know you’re working hard is that you start to sweat; this is a good thing.
There’s a great book called Younger Next Year for Women by Chris Crowly & Henry S. Lodge, MD. One of the chapter titles is awesome: “Life Is an Endurance Event: Train for It.” So many people believe that everything in life happens by chance; that some people are simply blessed with better genes than others and are therefore smarter, fitter, richer, or better looking. It’s certainly true that genetics can play a powerful role in our lives, but it’s somewhat like being dealt a certain hand in a game of cards. It’s what we do with what we’re dealt that really counts. So why not train for our lives like champions.
Have you ever noticed how a walk can change the state of things around you and inside of you? One of the many aspects I love about walking is that it can be done anytime and anywhere. All you really need is a decent pair of walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing and you’re good to go.
We’ve been preaching about morning movement for years, even decades now, encouraging folks to get their exercise first thing. While we agree that anytime is the right time to exercise, when you commit to ejameswithexercisebandsxercise first thing in the morning the chances of it actually happening increase tremendously.
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If there were a support group for people who loved (and are addicted) to exercise, I would volunteer to be their lead facilitator. I have always loved exercise.
How would you like to have better memory, energy and a more positive outlook? Your morning breakfast choices could make a big difference!
We are invited to put on our walking shoes, call up our friends and neighbors and start walking. If you’re already walking, great! Walk faster now. If you’re already running, fantastic! Keep it up. If you’ve taken a break from moving your body, now’s the time to get started.
On the wall of my clinic waiting room is a plaque that reads “Exercise ONLY on the Days that You Eat”. Clients tell me that when they first read the sign they initially feel a sense of relief since it appears that exercise is optional. Then they step back and realize that actually, this means I need to exercise everyday! What a concept.
If you are looking for ways to burst out of your exercise rut or you want to maximize your 20 to 30 minutes of free time, look no further than interval training.