A Better Me

  • A Better Me



    I used to think that grooming kept me fairly active. I walk from the table to the tub, from the tub to the kennels, from the kennels to the table, from the table to the kennels, all day long. I was surprised when I got a fitness tacker bracelet that I was not hitting anywhere near the target number of steps per day.


    The other day, I bought a small used appliance. It should have been easy to move. A few years ago I could have done it with ease. Instead, it was really difficult and I felt it for 2 days. It was then that I realized that I am really out of shape. I know I’ve gained some weight, but I still thought I was pretty fit and strong. I need a good exercise routine, but who has the time? I am not a morning person, so finding motivation for a pre work workout just was not happening. After work and errands and dinner, the night is practically gone. Given the choice of a 30 minute work out or a bit of relaxing with a glass of wine and a good book and the wine and book wins every time.


    Yes, I do know these are all just empty excuses. If I was truly motivated to get fit I would find the time. All the same, they are my excuses and the reasons I don’t make the time.


    This was on my mind today while drying a dog. Drying has always been my thinking time. I can come up with the best ideas and plans during a long blow out. So I came up with a plan. If I can work my mind while drying, why not work my body too?


    Over the course of drying 3 dogs, I did 50 squats, 10 side leg lift on each leg, and 10 back leg lifts on each leg. Then I remembered the exercise band we used to use in a class I took a long time ago. Every time I had a towel in my hand, I did a few of those exercises. All these were done over a few hours and I wondered if doing small short bursts of exercise gave the same benefits as one long work out?


    I was super pleased to find out that research says it is beneficial! In some cases, it can even be better for you. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/05/ask-well-3-short-workouts-or-1-long-one/?_r=0


    Here’s to a new year and hopefully a new and improved me, without cutting in to my wine and good book time.