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.
If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.