Months ago, former procrastinators, my friend referred to her “Covid 15.” I’m not making light of the illness. I’m confessing I, too, gained weight in the early months. Not only that, I stopped walking and strength training. Bad combo. It was so easy not to pay attention.
I shared the meal approach that’s helping at our house. I’m back to walking – good cardio. Now I need to get back to strength training. The following paragraphs are a sermon to myself.
If we put off the time and physical investment that builds our health, we’ll pay a higher price than we anticipate. In the words of another friend, “We reap what we sow. We reap at a different time than we sow. We reap more than we sow.”
Let’s look at that regarding exercise. “We reap what we sow. If our muscles sit more than they exert, we get muscles able only to sit when we need them to work. Getting out of a car becomes a major chore.
We reap at a different time than we sow. The workout at the gym enables me to lift grocery bags, climb stairs, or get out of the car when I’m nowhere near a gym.
We reap more than we sow. The twenty minutes I devote twice a week to training help me work in the yard, play with kids, get up and down off the floor, lift boxes, etc. Or … the time I do not give to training results in the loss of ability years too early. It affects brain function, sleep, my immune system, and much more.
Because I’ve delayed strength training, I’m late discovering that gyms have at-home workouts for all ages and situations online. We can choose what works for us.
For walking, try www.walkathome.com. Being outdoors is preferable, but not always doable due to weather, time, kids, etc. These simple walks in front of your TV or computer provide a greater work out than you’d imagine.
Sow some exercise excellence and reap big.
What movement will you begin this week?