Hello again – glad you’re still with me for week three of my New Year blog posts. This week I felt like I should talk about taking care of our bodies and keeping them under control. The trouble is, I have no expertise in this area. If I wasn’t so new at blogging and had more connections, this would definitely be a time I would have a ‘guest blogger’ take over. I could learn a lot myself! Instead of telling you what I’m doing to help my body, let me tell you what I should be doing.
I should be exercising. During the warmer months, I definitely am better at this. The trouble is, it is incidental exercise. My husband and I enjoy bicycling and hiking in parks. We like to walk around the nearby neighborhoods. We are having fun doing the activity and exercise is just a by-product. The trouble comes in when it is too hot, too cold, rainy, or icy. Then we don’t get outside. If I were more dedicated to movement for its own sake, I would find a way. We have a treadmill in the basement, but I have come up with countless excuses why I don’t want to use it – the basement isn’t finished, I have no secure way to keep my iPad in place to distract me, I have almost fallen off multiple times….You get the picture and while you’re getting it, imagine an out-of-shape middle aged woman sitting on her comfy couch motionless (unless you count the hand to mouth movement)! I must say that it did help when I listened to downloaded podcasts/Ted Talks while I was walking. If the subject didn’t keep me distracted, balancing my iPad did. If the topic was too interesting, I’d find myself slowing down until I was in danger of catapulting off the end. Last year I tried walking outside even when it was icy by using crampons on my shoes. This is a test of faith when your mind is telling you, “Don’t go there. You’ll slip!” and you know your metal spikes should hold you upright.