Get To Work 30 Minutes Early And Go For A Morning Walk
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I am not a morning person -- no way can I get out of bed to the gym. BUT, if I get up a little earlier and drive to work early, park the car and THEN go for a 20-30 minute walk in the morning before work, I miss the worst of the rush hour traffic and get 30 minutes of walking in before the day starts. That works for me!
This also helps wake me up and I work better in the morning than on the days I don't get my walk in -- plus the morning sunshine is great!
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Getting exercise started is the hardest part for me but I found that getting up early and going for a 1 mile quickly paced walk before work every day has actually given me more energy than the days when I slept until the last possible minute and rushed to work. My energy lasts throughout the whole day. I don't need energy drinks, extra vitamins, or that 5 hour energy stuff you see on tv. I never thought I could wake up early since I've never been a morning person but I love it now! 311
I use Dr. Scholls walking shoes ($50 at Sears) and they make that mile a little more difficult but I can feel the burn in my calves a lot more so I know they are getting stronger. You can also add ankle weights if you don't want to get special shoes.
This winter has been particularly cold, but I still want to get in my "power walks" - walking at 3.0 - 3.4 miles per hour (128-130 beats per minute) - so I have identified an open walking area "track" that is about about 40 feet long, from my living room to my den. So I pop in the iPod with my favorite walking music and walk for 20-30 minutes at a time. I can even do this while the rest of the house is still sleeping in the early morning.
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