I love to blog. While I love both my blogs, currently I am more intent on this one, as I am enthralled with the world of giveaways. However, as I spend more time blogging and less time walking around and doing things, I can tell the difference. My body isn't responding to my exercise routines like before. I seem to be losing some muscle tone. I am a dancer (middle-eastern, zumba, modern and ballet), biker, yoga lover, hiker, disc golfer, skier, and the reason is because I have always exercised and made time to do so. I love pushing my body to just the right amount of fatigue to where I know I've been challenged, but not so that it takes days on end to recover. In other words, I don't do marathons, but I like to exercise. But I feel like I'm in danger of losing some (or a lot) of that, as I continue to make staying on the computer more of a priority.
For me, exercise is a means to an end. I don't mean necessarily the end result of being thin. (I don't think I'll ever accomplish that--I like to eat a little too much) By all means, if that ever occurs as a by-product of exercise, then I will welcome it! But more important to me is the preservation of muscle, the circulation of the blood to prevent heart problems, diabetes, and any number of health related problems. Did you know that exercise is considered the #1 anti-aging thing you can do for yourself?
My hubby forwarded an article to me from Yahoo health that I really needed. It's called Sitting Too Much Can Be Deadly. (Do you think he was trying to tell me something? Not sure...) Well if reading that doesn't scare me into getting off the computer and getting more exercise, nothing will.
So, based on the recommendations of the article, I have decided to get off my duff every 3 hours (believe me, I can stay on the computer for 6 hours straight when I get on a roll) and do a 20-minute exercise routine.3x daily. This will be in addition to walking my faithful border collie, Evie, 5 days a week, plus yoga 2-3 times per week. That should keep the blood flowing and me from gaining more than the usual winter weight (of which I have come to expect between 5 and 8 lbs.), and keep my body ready to do the things I love to do when the time comes to do them.