In my post Monday, I asked what you could commit to (or re-commit to) this week in the quest to live a more healthy lifestyle. My main commitment for this week is exercise—at least 20-30 minutes a day. I’ve been helped (considerably) in this by the fact that we’ve been having freakishly autumn-like weather the last five or six days and I’ve wanted to be outside, something very much out of character for me in the months of June, July, August, and early September when I usually stay inside as much as possible. Some people hibernate during the fall and winter—I’m the opposite. Of course, when getting overheated knocks me out for hours afterward with a migraine, I think I have a pretty good reason to avoid hot weather.
Anyway, I’ve gotten out and walked a little more than a mile circuit through the neighborhood each day this week so far (starting Monday). It’s taking me between 22 to 25 minutes to walk that mile right now (or about 2.5 to 2.7 mph). The neighborhood is hilly, with several small inclines and one large decline (about 2/3 of the way through—meaning it’s uphill leaving the house and slightly uphill returning to the house!), but still, back in the spring when I was walking every day (no matter the weather, even a couple of days where it didn’t quite reach 40 degrees for the high temperature) I was doing it at about three miles per hour . . . and my shins and calves weren’t killing me after just a quarter of a mile, either. Of course, I’m almost 20 pounds heavier now than I was then, and with as sedentary as I’ve been the past several months, I’ve lost all of that muscle tone I gained then.
But I’m doing it. Every day. And when the temperatures go back up, I’ll either go to the community center and workout there, or I’ll be making use of the variety of exercise programs on the fitness and health channel on On Demand.
How are you doing with your commitment for this week?