• I’ve heard it all about and you have too!  Information about how much and how often a person should exercise varies from walking 30 minutes three times per week to running, jogging, power-lifting free weights, stretching, and spinning a couple of hours each day.

    “You can do it at home in front of the TV climbing a stair stepper while watching HGTV. You can do it at the gym with a whole group of committed exercisers.

    You can do it outside. Or inside. You can do it in the morning, at noon, or in the evening.

    It doesn’t really matter as long as you’re doing something somewhere sometime.”

    Whew. All that prattle about exercising merely confuses me and makes it hard for me to decide what to do and when and how to do it.

    I do not yet have an exercise routine. Not yet. I’m working on it… sheez …give me a break!

    I hate to exercise. I really do. I hate running, jogging, jumping around to a Latin beat, riding a bike that goes nowhere, trying to remember whether to flex or point my foot while raising my leg, and trying to do sit-ups while balancing on a big bouncy ball.

    I repeat: I hate to exercise.

    “I will hate it in a gym. I will hate it on a track.                 
    I will hate it on my side. I will hate it on my back.
    I do not, DO NOT like to sweat.                                                                        
    I do not like it…no not yet.
    But I will try it in a gym. I will try it on a track.
    I will try it on my side. I will try it on my back.
    I do not like it, Sam-I-Am.
    But I will do it, because Fat-I-Am. “

    Sooo….I decided to look at my options for exercise. I asked myself: What can I tolerate? What makes me happy?

    Exercise I actually like for my Year of Health Challenge

    Yoga makes me happy. There’s no bouncing around and jumping up and down. I feel peaceful, calm, and well-stretched when I finish.

    Walking makes me happy. It has worked for me in the past and it gives me time to clear my mind and think about important things.

    Riding my bicycle makes me happy. I love the wind in my hair and on my face. It’s invigorating and gets my heart pumping in all the right ways.

    At this point in my One Year Health Challenge, I am choosing the exercise options that best suit my life at the moment. I am committing to being active, but I’m not trying any new things that require me to learn something different.

    Currently my life is in a state of upheaval and change. All the changes are good ones… and I look to the future with joy. But, wouldn’t you know it…as soon as I committed to my One Year Health Challenge, my whole daily routine, my job, my living arrangements…everything changed.

    That’s the way life is: full of change and wonder. I’m sure my exercise plan will morph into something that works well for me in the next few months. (It might include Zumba, but don’t hold your breath.)

    by Peggy Browning

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    Article by: Peggy Browning

    Peggy Browning is a freelance writer and author. Peggy is the author of The View Through My Rose-Colored Bifocals, Square Peg's Words of Wisdom, and Heart & Soul Food: Tales of Food, Friends, and Family. Peggy's first novel is The Big 5-0. The Big 5-0 is the first book in the Adventures of Matilda Mason series, which follows the age 50+ heroine as she makes her way to being an investigative journalist...solving crimes as she goes and grows. The second book of the series, Waltzing Matilda, will be released August 1, 2015. All Peggy's books are available at amazon.com. Follow Peggy on her blog, Peg's Wonderful World, at http://peggybrowning.com.

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    1. zestnow says:

      POSTED NOVEMBER 10, 2014
      Peggy, I love your ideas. They feel right and easy to follow. I do hate exercise as well and only do some once in a while. I try not to overwhelm myself. You positive outlook has been so welcome. Thank you!!!

      by MERCEDES

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