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Increase movement #1

Sunday, November 25, 2012

I am sharing something that I posted in response to another person's blog.
After I read it over, I thought it might be something that others might benefit from reading.
These are thoughts about a more formal movement "program". I will do another blog about a more informal way of increasing movement in a few days.

Find an activity that you love. It might help to think of what you did in your youth. Or maybe you can be observant about what is available in your community or are now curious about. Choose a physical activity that you genuinely enjoy (dance, walk/run, sport, skating, etc.).

Schedule for yourself some kind of event that you need to prepare and stay in shape for to be able to enjoy it (class, game, performance, race, party), even if you are the only one attending the event! I have some imaginary gymn classes. I did my own personal Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day.

Get the equipment that you need (DVD, shoes, outfit, equipment). If it is potentially expensive,
I'd say, keep it simple at first! Take out something from the library; borrow it; use what you have; take the one free class or the tour before you sign on the dotted line. You can always spend money later.

Start slow, whatever it takes to get you started, even if it is just 10 minutes a day. Gradually increase the time. You'll be starting a pattern. After you do it for a little while, you will adjust and start seeing it as part of your life.

Once you do the activity somewhat regularly, you can set up some sort of plan. You will start seeing the need for including cardio, strength training, and stretching. You will also see the need for varying your activities and having a rest day for the body parts that your activity uses the most. Maybe you will see the need for a second activity that balances out your first activity. Maybe you will see the need for supplemental activities to enhance or build on your new activity (like sewing costumes, building equipment, coaching a team).

Get yourself to do a little longer work-out a few times (but don't overdo it) and you'll get physically hooked on the endorphins and the fun that you're having!

It will become part of who you are physically and emotionally, and you just won't feel right unless you do it!
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    In February I am doing a 50km mountain bike race, for the third time.
    It is a fantastic event - lovely spirit, and a whole range of people from first timers to professional.

    I am definitely towards the back of the field. In the first year it took me 4 hours and 45 mins (that gives you an idea of the effort required).

    Anyway - I am motivated to train, so I can do as well as I can in the event.

    I like the idea of choosing a physical feat to aim for, and a date and then making a plan to achieve it.
    An overnight hike? A race? A local dance? A walk? A canoe trip down a river? Anything that makes your heart excited - then you know that any preparation will make the experience more enjoyable!

    Thanks for the blog
    1698 days ago
    Some like to do the same thing day after day; some like to mix it up. Whatever your choice...be thankful you can exercise.
    1698 days ago
    All good stuff here! Thanks for that. --I can't wait to "get hooked on endorphins"; that's never happened for me before. In my 20s I could work up to a sweaty workout fairly quickly. Now, (late 40s) soreness impedes my efforts to ramp it up because I'm always sore the next day, even if I've only done about 10 minutes on my stationary bike at a not very intense pace & resistance level. I think I need to do easier things (like walking) in between those kinds of workouts. I'm very interested to know how you & others would proceed.
    : )
    1698 days ago
    Thanks for this. I do really need to get sorted out and start my walking again a bit more seriously. :-)
    1698 days ago
    Good advice. I just did a 51 minute DVD that I like, and then some stretching.
    Tomorrow, I will do pilates and some floor exercises. I need to vary to get movements everywhere.
    1698 days ago
    Nice blog!
    1698 days ago
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