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Revising the exercise mind set

Monday, October 22, 2018

It is so easy to get my mind set on an "all or nothing" mentality when it comes to exercise. However fitness does not live or die by 60-minute workouts, agonizing boot camp routines, planks or running a 5K. These are not a part of my exercise plans. Although I truly envy people who have the energy and determination there is middle ground and I thank SparkPeople for helping me to see that short spurts of exercise, when they accumulate, share similar benefits of longer workouts.

If I cannot fit in my usual routine, I use SparkPeople videos; the chair routines are great when I am not feeling very energetic. I love the stretching routines and the articles on basic yoga poses which really fit in a small space or small amount of time. Some people get their steps in by walking around the house.

I know my body will reap numerous benefits just by becoming active for small spurts of time. This approach is perfect for times when I am rushed or my schedule is crazy busy, I am just not feeling the “exercise love” or I find something much more interesting to do like the laundry. Or as winter approaches it is too dark in the morning and too dark at night.

It is so easy in the winter and as the holidays take over to avoid finding time to maintain my exercise routine. Even 10 or 15 minutes of exercise will add up and if I commit to doing something each day for November, it may help carry me over the holidays, through the darkness of December and into Spring.

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    emoticon what works best is whatever you actually do. Your plan sounds wise to me.
    813 days ago
    The lack of light really affects me. Fortunately, I am now retired, so I can now at least the opportunity to exercise during daylight exists. Unfortunately, the cold in combination with the short days really is a challenge to convince oneself to exercise. I know this sounds strange, but I actually like snowy days simply because I am then forced to go out and remove the snow. And...the more it snows, usually the more weight I lose because of it.
    815 days ago
    Glad you are back on track!
    815 days ago
    I’m shifting toward a more realistic routine, too. I feel healthier and not so dragged out all the time!
    816 days ago
    I am doing the same as you. I am breaking my exercise into increments. This approach is a winning one for people like you and me.
    816 days ago
    All I do is walk and I do yoga. I'm not motivated to do more and for now, this works for me.
    816 days ago
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