It’s October, so that means it’s time for a new monthly challenge in our Back to the Basics series. I’m sorry it’s October 6th or 7th before you are seeing this. As Jessica likes to say, “real moment:” sometimes it’s hard to get blog posts written. Oy. We’re all busy, right? Which is exactly why I am writing this series. These are all good habits we know we should be doing, but sometimes in our hectic schedules they get ignored.
Our October challenge is this: Move Your Body!
Run, walk, squat, skip, jump, dance, swim, bike, hike, hula, scuba, lift, play … there’s no one way to exercise. Just get out there and do it! The picture shows some tennis shoes, but flippers, dance shoes or bare feet are perfectly acceptable, too!
I know, I know, we all know this, right? But sometimes it’s hard to make the time. I get it. Here’s what I think is key: you’ve got to find something you ENJOY! If your thoughts towards exercise include memories of forced calisthenics from that drill sergeant high school P.E. teacher, you are doing it all wrong! 😉 Find something FUN! Something you are excited to spend time doing.
Yes, you should push yourself and work hard and just stick it out sometimes, but if exercise is totally dreadful for you, find. something. else. to. do! In ancient times, and in many cultures still today, people got exercise just trying to survive. They had to hunt for their food and carry water from far distances. We almost have the luxury now to be able to pick things to do that are fun and enjoyable!
Like any fitness question, if you ask how much exercise you need in a week, you will get a variety of answers and opinions. At the very minimum, I’d like to encourage you to get 30 minutes of exercise, 3 times a week. This is the very, very minimum. In an ideal world, you would get at least 30 minutes per day, on average. It is also good to get a variety of exercise, some moderate, some more challenging, and include some form of strength training.
But, anything is better than nothing, so start where you are and go from there! Feel free to start out slowly and cautiously. Your small changes will make a much bigger impact on your overall health than going crazy, hard-core for a few weeks and then crashing from trying to do too much, too fast. We’re all about encouraging slow and steady progress here at The Journey.
Some articles you might find helpful:
Exercise: How Much Do I Need? from Mayo Clinic
Physical Activity Guidelines from the CDC
Let us know what fun exercises you enjoy! Let’s make October a fun month of moving our bodies!
Cori is a wife, mom of three, part-time secretary and random writer who is learning how to take small steps towards big goals. She tends to be an all-or-nothing kind of person, but a journey to learn how to run (something she always hated) has taught her a lot about gradual, slow change. She has a degree in journalism and enjoys doing research and writing.
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