How unusual; an article written by a doctor suggesting to the world that exercise needs to be integrated into an individual’s lifestyle. If that exciting opening line hasn’t created narcolepsy (falling asleep multiple times daily without intent) get ready for some entertaining and motivating ideas to begin an exercise program. Let’s not waste time; I know it’s not easy to control all that hyperactive energy you hide so well as you watch television, sit at the computer and satisfy sustenance with Bon Bons!
(1) Movement. That’s right. Movement. Here is where we shall begin the process. How many hours a day do you sit? Probably more than you realize. Solution: Set a watch, your phone, an egg timer or have you spouse yell from one end of the house to the other that it is time to lift your buttocks from a sitting position to one that forces it to move from side to side (otherwise known as walking). If it’s a beautiful day, get outside and enjoy it. Take notice of all the things you’ve never paid attention to. Listen to the sounds of nature; look at the sky and see the beauty and the shape of the clouds or the depth of blueness behind them. 10 seconds is the maximum interval you should enjoy this experience to avoid walking into neighbors, shrubbery or dog poop. Not a bad start to an exercise program, right? (Remember, rainy days are no excuse to avoid the walking experience.) Take that body of yours to a Mall and become creative. For you men: Victoria Secret models are frequently seen traversing the malls seeking intelligent guys to discuss current political trends. For you ladies: Channing Tatum and the rest of the exotic dancers from the movie “Magic Mike XXL” desperately want to understand what it takes to stimulate a woman’s mind. I’ll bet both genders have already begun viewing exercise in a whole new light.
(2) Flexibility. This is very important to protect against injury as well as degeneration that occurs as we age. Equally important is the ability to once again experience the joy of seeing our feet as we increase our flexibility and develop the skill to bend over from the waist. I recommend starting this part of exercise before getting out of bed. (a) Begin by positioning yourself on your side facing your partner (or dog or cat that likely sleeps in the bed.) Using both hands, push the partner or animal away from you to roll them on their opposite side. This stretches the shoulders and significantly reduces one’s partner and/or animal from snoring. (b) Next, lie on your back and pretend someone is stretching you by pulling your legs toward the bottom of the bed and arms toward the top. This is an active exercise so if your partner offers to tie your arms and legs with restraints, please thank them but explain the doctor (Me) said this could not be substituted for active stretching. (c) While still on your back, bring one knee to your chest and hold it there. Now do the other leg. If you haven’t gotten up to go to the bathroom by this point, now might be a good time to to prevent unwanted events from occurring.
(3) Strength Training. Arm and hand strength are essential as we grow older. I suggest making 1/3 of a cup of coffee and placing it in the middle of your kitchen table. You sit on one side and your partner sits opposite you. On the count of three, both reach for the coffee cup. This struggle can last up to 30 seconds to maximize strength. Winner takes all! Repeat this process for 6 repetitions.
For all of you that dread the word exercise, I have provided a beginning program from a different perspective to make the task a little less daunting. Although this program is only designed for EVERYONE, I believe that mindset is a very important concept regarding most things in life.
I certainly can’t make people exercise. I can tell you that activity vs. sedentary living will improve the quality of your life. Give it a whirl. Start your day on a positive note. Get up in the morning and start your day with a FULL glass of water. Do it because it’s good for you. Do it because know one will treat you better than yourself. Then, periodically, throughout the day, do some stretching, some movement and some resistive exercise. The purpose is to begin creating new reasonable habits that are good for you and make you feel good about yourself.
I hope you had fun with this article. Sometimes we need to be less formal and structured in life. This is necessary to help reinforce how much fun life can be. Wishing you all a happier and healthier path in life filled with unlimited potential!!