Healthy Thursday: Beginning Exercise
Continuing from the last two weeks about ‘what is healthy living’, as discussed before, includes some form of exercise. As I also discuss in my cookbook, “Simple, Healthy, Fresh 1.0“, must include some form of exercise that makes you sweat for an extended period of time. Of course, before beginning any exercise routine or program, please consult your health care provider. That can be your general physician, your osteopath, chiropractor, naturalist, etc. Be sure you are healthy enough to start any from of exercise and ask what would be good for you, get recommendations.
In my previous article, How I Lost 41 Pounds, I discuss how I began to exercise by walking:
Exercise. That was a four-letter word to me. Walking was always enjoyable, so I started walking around my neighborhood where I lived. That first walk was less than one hundred feet. I was gasping for breath, clutching my chest and my legs felt like jello. After a time, I was making the 1.25 mile walk in 20 to 30 minutes. Now, I can walk for hours without feeling pain or shortness of breath. I’ve even included reverse sit-ups and lifts, to start toning my body. I may join a gym to start some strength training.
Walking is the best form of exercise for anyone at any age and any level of fitness. Fitness experts, doctors, nurses, all have said the same thing. All you need is a good pair of supportive tennis shoes and a flat surface to start walking on. The neighborhood is a great place to start, or if you prefer indoors, try the local elementary or high school. Many these days open the gym door before and after school for citizens to walk. Or, if you prefer, mall walking. Many malls these days have mall walking programs, groups and post mileage around the circumference, so you can gauge your time.
The point is, to start with small goals that are reachable, if you are just starting out. Everyone has to start somewhere.