Exercise and Your Health
What’s best for you? I am not a doctor and I never played one on TV. So….talk to your doctor and find out what they think you can do. You may or may not agree with them. They may tell you to take it easy and you feel like you can run a race. Or they may tell you that you can do more than you are ready to do. That’s ok. You know your body and you need to hear what your health care professional is saying.
Now, what are YOU willing to try? If you feel like you can run a race and you haven’t run in years: don’t. Take it easy to begin with. “But Dana!! I want to lose weight now!” I get that. I can tell you that if you hit it too hard, too fast…you will pull, strain or hurt yourself and THAT will set you back.
If the most walking you’ve done in the past several years is in the grocery store, you want to consider short walks and add time and distance as you feel better. Walk around the block or to the end of your street. If you can, do it twice a day and walk, don’t stroll. Be on a mission. If you live where the weather is harsh, go to the gym or the YMCA. After 3 or 4 days, add a lap, a block or the next street over. Another 3 or 4 days, add more.
People will look at you. Yep, they will. I want to tell you to get over it….it just isn’t that easy. I will tell you to push through that embarrassment and shame. Walk in with your head up and have confidence. Be realistic and know that your visit will be short to begin with. The better you feel, the more you can do and will WANT to do! The other people will have to move aside!!
One of the things that worked for me is getting a DVD and working out at home. Jane Fonda still does work outs, if that’s your thing. I bought walking DVD’s by Leslie Sansone. There are many levels and distances that you can choose from and they measure your miles by the pace of the music. I started out barely finishing a mile and not using my arms. Pretty soon I was using my arms and going to the second mile. My longest DVD by Leslie is 5 miles and I now “boost” the entire 5 miles, meaning I jog it.
It takes time and dedication. What do you want out of life? You have to move your body to get anything worthwhile. Trust me on this one.