In fact is now part of my “morning routine” to put it on. Which is a problem. What I’m doing in this “Journey to Health & Fitness” is one, by one, setting up good habits, rituals, routines, replacing old patterns of behavior with new, better ones.
And to do that requires repetition. Lots of repetition. And until the “new” becomes “habit” and the “habit” becomes ironclad rock solid do-it-without-thinking-about-what-you-are-doing type behavior, any deviation can be deadly and devastating.
And it bugs me. A lot. — I’m actually AMAZED at how much it is bugging me. I’ve rouned up all the usual suspects and put them in the line-up: under the edge of the bed, under the edge of the desk, under the edge of the kitchen cabinets, inside the pocket(s) of the clothes I wore yesterday.
I’ve even canvased the neighborhood (literally) — I went out on my balcony and the bridge that crosses the court yard and looked at the sidewalk and the stairs to see if I could see it lying there.
In a bit I’ll put on shoes and go look in my truck to see if it fell out of my pocket yesterday when I went on an errand. And I’ll check the laundry room to see if it fell out there while I was doing clothes.
BUT IT bugs the crap out me that I am not wearing it!
Recording that little number into the spreadsheet each morning from the day before was an act of validation. It is/was actual numerical quantifiable proof that I was indeed MOVING my body!
I hope I find it. I don’t want to have to buy a new one. Buying a new one isn’t in the budget.
Sometimes you have to make adjustments:
My game plan from Saturday, which somehow I thought was Sunday was:
Monday – Go to Braums to do some grocery shoping & do 1 basket of laundry
Tue – Go for a walk in the park.
Well, friends, neighbors and the odd cuzzin or two…
Sunday – Realize it wasn’t Monday and go get groceries
Monday – Pretty much a rest day – a few od things around the house that didn’t qualify as “exercise”
Tuesday – Laundry – 3 loads, two baskets.
Tomorrow – Wed, another rest day.
Yes, I know. Sad, that regular mundane things count as exercise — Ooops! I meant to say: “the activity that shall not be named!”
BUT on the other hand….
I’m moving! Woot!
I’m challenging my body to build itself back up.
I’m not giving up. Uh-huh! Uh-huh! Uh-huh! (doing happy dance while typing which is in itself pretty phenomenal!
See ya on the dance floor! (eventually)
Yes, I used the “E” word… Eeeeeekkkk!
I know that I have declared publicly that I am NOT going to Exercise however, for this post I need to use the e-word for the sake of clarity.
To recap: “Exercise” is any activity which produces a physiological effect that causes your heart rate to increase for a set period of time and causes your respiratory system to speed up.
In “Plane Anglish” = IF your heart is racing and you are breathing heavy, then it is exercise.
So to “exercise” you do not have to “go to the gym” you just have to “do the laundry,” or “mow the yard” or” go get groceries” or enjoy a “walk in the park”
The key is . . .
That your heart rate has to speed up and your breathing has to increase long enough for your body to say “uhmmm wow, this dude is serious about this.”
Your body is lazy. It does not want to work. And face it, anything that gets your heart going and chest heaving is WORK!
The “work” may be climbing the stairs at a baseball park to enjoy a great afternoon watching the Cardinals, but climbing those stairs still counts as WORK even if it is in the pursuit of fun!
It may involve rolling around on the floor playing with a passel of puppies, but when you get up, if your heart has speeded up and your breath is starting to make noises like an old-time steam engine then that is work! Even if it is FUN work.
For those of us in truly abysmal shape . . .
Just getting up from my computer and sorting the laundry leaves me huffing and puffing and making sounds like the proverbial big bad wolf.
Sad, but true.
The POINT, friends, neighbors, dearest readers, and the odd cuzin or two… It does NOT MATTER WHAT YOU DO AS LONG AS YOU DO SOMETHING!
For those of us who are either starting for the first time or climbing back on the “exercise wagon” after falling off, well a little goes a looooooooooooooooooong way!
Rest after exercising . . .
What really goes on in your body when you start an exercise program.
Just so you know, this information that I’m telling you can be verified from numerous reputable sources, but I’m saving you a lot of time reading… grin …by providing a much more entertaining version of what’s going on… Read the rest of this entry
. . . I’m going to have fun!
I do not like to exercise.
Actually that probably puts me in the middle of the majority of the world’s population.
there are things that I like to do, that I actually ENJOY, that COULD be called exercising.
Huh? I hear the teeming masses cry out in confusion?
Ah, dear readers, intrepid blog followers and the two second cuzins on my mom’s side who were forced to subscribe to my blog, well, let me elaborate.
You knowI like elaborating… giggle
Exercise – Defined – by the “book” as it were…
1. : regular or repeated use of a faculty or bodily organ
Special note… For all the guys reading this… YES, my mind immediately thought of THAT too! But somehow, I don’t think the repeated and frequent use of THAT particular organ counts… something about not lasting long enough… But hey if it works for ya… who am I to stand in the way…
So… seeking something more than a mere definition, I “googled” and found … these three articles out on the Interwebz:
- Every minute of physical activity really does count, new study shows (today.com/health)
- Do We Get Enough Exercise From Our Daily Activity? (24hourfitness.com)
- What Is Physical Activity? (nih.gov)
Which seems to indicate that ANY movement is better than NO movement! Indeed, way back in the day we actually didn’t need a special category of movement called “Exercise” because ALL movement was exercise.
You could, if you have oodles of time, read those BORING, articles but why bother when I can ‘splain thangs way better:
Tony’s Definition of Exercise
It is “EXERCISE” . . .