Some people love to exercise and fit it in everyday, easily, gladly. This is for the rest of us. We know we need to do this -- we're bombarded with information about the benefits of exercise. This is what I know:
- In order to really solidify it as a habit, it's best to exercise everyday, even if on some days it's just a 15-minute walk or 10 minutes of yoga. Exercising every day will change your life.
- You're probably not going to stick to an exercise routine if it's not something you enjoy doing.
- 30 minutes of walking every day is good for you. It's the best way to get started if you haven't exercised in a long time. You can break it up into three 10-minute walks. Get good shoes. I got myself to start walking everyday by listening to an audiobook when I walked. A good mystery. I could only listen to it when I was walking, and after three weeks I didn't even need the book anymore. I just started feeling a craving to get outside and walk. I walk everyday, sunshine, rain or blizzard. I use overdrive.com for free audiobooks.
- Just dance. It's great exercise. Just dance to a few songs everyday. I recently went to a 50th birthday party -- we each had to submit in advance two of our favorite dance tunes, and the hostess made a playlist. We danced off a lot of calories. Here are a couple: try not to dance. try again.
- Yoga is essential for long-term health and mobility, and the classes are fun and social. My clients work with Gretta Jacobs when they want extra help. I also use this yoga studio app on my phone when I can't get to one of Gretta's classes.