Are we having fun yet?

Another way to stay sane is to move. Exercise. Dance. Crawl. Jump. Run. Walk.

marge hiking
Hiking in autumn weather is the best!

Finding something you love to do as a form of exercise will insure it happens more than once. Walkers find time each day to get out for their walks – and they think of it as fun, not work. That goes for anything you get excited about – cycling, tennis, cross-country skiing, swimming, dancing, figure skating, running and on and on.

One friend started swimming last year. Not only is she stronger than ever, she is part of a group of swimmers who connect 2-3 times each week. The social piece of it is just as important as the endorphins that are giving her the exercise ‘high.’

People who regularly work out do so because they plan ahead. They know what time they have to get up in order to work out before the day begins, or they pack a lunch and get out of the office and into the fresh air.

Another friend rides her bike to work and is amazed at how wonderful she’s been feeling. It takes a huge effort to get up and out an hour earlier but she is so grateful  for it. She is happy, feels fit and has time to herself on the trip. She is already coming up with alternative exercise as the days get shorter and colder.

Movement – in any way that feels fun to you is not only great for your body, it’s great for your head. It give you time away from the things that take you down. It gets the blood flowing and the brain cells popping (that’s a medical term) and the end result is how much better you feel after one session.

I joined an aerobics class at the YMCA when my son was just a toddler. That class not only became the highlight of my week, it also was a place to have conversations with other adults that included more than one word at a time (Hot, NO, airplane, milk…) the typical conversation for babies. The class, teacher and participants were my mainstay for years as we learned each other’s stories and became friends.

Exercise can be a walk around the block. It can be dancing in the living room. It can be taking the stairs to the top floor (just for the heck of it) and other little activities. Once you turn it into a game it really can be fun –  a true way to stay sane!

 

Challenge Yourself and Thank Me Later!

Hi there,

It’s me again. I want to talk a bit more about the No Comfort Zone-2012 Challenge. I think it’s gonna be great and it’s not just because I thought of it.

End of your comfort zoneWhat I adore about this challenge is that when I do something different – my brain cells start popping (that’s a scientific term, I’m sure of it!), growing and exercising and because of this different activity, my brain gets stronger. Just like with your fitness routine, you’ve got to shake things up. Let’s do that!

The ‘use it or lose it’ theory is put into play in my challenge. In a longitudinal study, called the MacArthur Study healthy people were tracked from middle age into their 80’s and measured  any changes in their physical and mental function as well as their lifestyles: what they ate, how much they exercised, and their leisure and social activities. There were 3 distinct areas that made a difference over time.

  • They were more consistently physically active than the others. They took daily walks and other forms of exercise, for example.
  • They remained mentally active. These are the people who, rather than parking in front of the TV, did the crossword puzzle every morning, browsed the library shelves regularly for new and interesting books, dabbled in hobbies and crafts, or played bridge three times per week.
  • They had a personality quality some have termed “self-efficacy.” They met challenges with the confidence and desire to solve them, rather than being ground under the wheels of misfortune. (Found in Memory Loss and the Brain)

In other words, they tried new things on a regular basis and they the world became their oyster.  Just like the No Comfort Zone-2011 Challenge  invites you to get out of your comfort zone and make some noise, dance the jig, meet new people, write sizzling blogs (and link back so I can read them!)

Perhaps at the end of the challenge I have a prize for you? Maybe you can help me think of something?! Let me know …

Time is ticking!

Workout Challenge during the Holiday Zone

As I ponder my good health, I am in awe of people who take their fitness to the next level. I may not be there yet ...And I’m in awe of those who restrict calorie intake so their bodies can be in the right fat zone.

Working out is the easy part for me. I like to move my body. Restricting food is not easy for me. I know that if it’s there, in front of me, it was meant for my consumption.

And I also know that when I work with someone (a workout buddy) I am more tuned in and focused. I suppose the buddy system goes for everything – like Postaday2011. We said we’d do it and we show up and write.

I’m looking for a virtual buddy or two who wants to stay healthy, focused and challenged over the next 3 months (yes, to get us through the holidays). We’ll set our own goals then help each other attain them. And we’ll continue to blog, work, play and all the other fun things in our world.

Shall we?