My love for a new daily exercise
Have you changed up your workout recently? When was the last time you really thought about the type of workout you were doing and whether or not you truly enjoyed it?
A couple of weeks ago I went for a run. You know me, I like to run! The thing is, when I was only about 3/4 of a mile away from home I started to get an intense pain in my foot. So intense that I had to stop running and it hurt to walk on it. Luckily it hasn’t happened since, but that’s because I haven’t been running. When I stopped to walk that day I looked around me and realized how pretty the road was that I was walking on. It was gorgeous looking at the leaves that had fallen and taking in the sun. All of a sudden I had this sudden appreciation for the pain in my foot because it made me stop to walk and really appreciate what I was doing at that moment.
Like other runners, I often zone out and think about everything and anything. Steve, work, shopping, what movies I want to see, America’s Next Top Model.. whatever! But often times when I run I think about my pace, the hills coming up, how far i’m running, how long until i’m finished, the pain in my side, whether or not my shoes are tied properly, the pain in my foot. Personally, running this way sucks. Constantly thinking about all those things sucks! If I enjoyed my run so much, then why the heck was I thinking about how soon it would be finished? Sometimes I would push myself so much that i’d feel sick. All of a sudden when I began to walk, I didn’t think about any of these things.
I mentioned in an earlier post about a new exercise that I had been doing. I would have loved to say something fun like Zumba, or equally exciting like rock climbing or para-sailing. No people – i’m walking! I know, right? Have I aged 20 years since getting married?
I’ve been walking almost everyday (except when I was sick for a few days last week) for an hour since that day. I’m not saying i’ve never stopped to walk before during a run like that day- but it was when I couldn’t physically run that I realized I didn’t necessarily have to in order to get in a work out. During the summer I was doing a lot of tredmill hill walking. Wow, was this ever a good work out! And it did wonders for my legs and abs. That was my main workout and I remember when Steve saw me when he arrived in Canada and he really noticed a difference in me!
Now, don’t get me wrong- I love a good run. And this girl has not given up on running. But I have traded it in for a good ol’ soothing walk to clear the mind and keep me young.
Yup..keep me young. My sister- who is an x-ray tech and a mammographer sees women (and men!) every single day. Old women, young women – all kinds of women. My sister has told me countless stories about older women who come to get x-rays and things done and they look so young for their age. She always asks them what they do to stay so young. Walking.
Check out some of the benefits of walking at this website!
My Mom works in a hospital where she walks tons during the day. She has said that she has noticed great improvements in her health since starting work there! My sisters husband walks almost daily and he usually takes Liam with him. I think it is a GREAT way to get children to start understanding the benefits of exercise. Liam loves walking with his Dad. He’s always ready to go! Whether my brother in law realizes it or not he’s probably setting the foundation for Liam to have an active childhood as he gets older.
I also have a lot of yoga love… like these ladies…
And yes, i’m still lifting weights! Still loving it!
Point here: shake up your work out a bit! You might be surprised that you actually love it! Don’t always think that you need to be drenched in sweat or completely out of breath for it to be called a work out.
Just get moving. That’s it!