The temperatures are finally warming up here in New England. I can’t even begin to tell you how wonderful it feels to not have to layer up with wool socks, running tights, fleece hats and thick gloves every.single.morning. Spring is like a breath of fresh air after one too many chilly runs this winter!
Yes. It makes me happy.
Lately, in addition to my morning workouts, I’ve been trying to squeeze in a 15 minute walk at work. I sit down a lot, between all the paperwork and charting on patients. I do make it a priority to get up at least every hour and when I make my rounds to visit patients, I’m shuffling up and down stairs and walking in and out of rooms.
Even still. It’s pretty sedentary. So these walks are a must, in my opinion. And nothing clears my head quite like being outside.
Ready for the day.
I wasn’t always the type to just go out for a leisurely stroll now and then. I went through a fitness phase where I felt that everything needed to be intense or it simply wasn’t worth doing.
Running needed to leave me out of breath.
Biking had to leave me sore.
Weights needed to push me to my limits.
Etc, etc, etc.
While I can still appreciate a hard core workout now and then, I (even more so) appreciate the very act of moving my body. It’s enjoyable. And I appreciate what my body is capable of vs. always having to see where my limits are. AND, it’s healthy. Studies show that the very act of getting up to stretch or move periodically throughout the day can be very protective against many health related risks (i.e., strokes, dementia, diabetes, etc.)
In other words?
Get up, get moving!
It all counts.
Saturday: 11-mile bike ride + 2- mile after dinner walk
Sunday: 7-mile bike ride
Monday: 3-mile run + 2-mile after dinner walk
Tuesday: 6-mile walk, broken up into two walks during the day
Wednesday: 3-mile run + Yoga
Thursday: 2-mile run
Friday (today:) Rest
QUESTION: What is your typical day like in terms of being active/sedentary? What are some ways you can (or DO) sneak a little activity into your day?