Daily Archives: March 4, 2011

Fitting exercise into our life

We know that we should exercise our bodies at least five days out of seven, but in our very busy lives it is often difficult to make the time.  Perhaps like me, you have joined a gym and then been unable to take advantage of the membership because of calls on your time.  Have you purchased exercise equipment to use at home in the belief that you will exercise while doing something else, ie watching TV?

I think we have all tried these things and for me they have failed.  Recently when I moved into a smaller house, I put all this seldom used/unused exercise equipment onto an internet trading site and sold them.  They had been sitting there almost chiding me for not using them.

So I looked around for other ways of exercising my body.  I have a small dog who needs to be walked daily.  So come rain or shine we go out for usually around 30 minutes but sometimes longer.  One of the things I do is behind the scenes activities to assist my real estate friend.  At least one day a week Lotte (my small dog) and I walk the streets of our suburb delivering fliers and other advertising material for her.  This usually takes about 1 hour after which I have a very tired small dog who collapses in her bed.

This walking is great.  I purchased a pedometer and try to walk 10,000 steps each day.  It’s amazing how far and how many steps we take just following our normal routine.  I would encourage you to purchase a pedometer.  they are readily available in sports shops for a minimum price.

And walking can be easily integrated into our every day lives and activities.  Just get off the bus one stop before your usual stop; park the car further away from the office or train or bus stop; use the parking area furthest from the entrance to the mall.  Each of these little things can be the catalyst to big things.

But Lotte is a small Tibetan spaniel and I thought that besides the walking I needed some stretching or other EASY exercises to keep me in shape.  That’s when I discovered the Five Tibetan Rites.  These are easy to use exercises for those of us whose chronological years are high.  But they can be easily done by most of us.  Remember to start slowly and do the preparatory exercises first.  See Five Tibetan Rights.

I now start every day with these exercises and I must say after only a few weeks I really do feel more supple than I have for years.

So remember, it’s never to late to start.  And as Zig Ziglar says ‘You can eat an elephant a bite at a time.’

And my mantra for you – If you get the choice to sit it out or dance; I hope you dance.

Enjoy your journey as you grow younger each day.