Walking for Health

Let me first make this perfectly clear from the start: I hate exercise!
I did enough of it in the Army for a lifetime. I can still remember the way the crisp air smelled at O’Dark Thirty in the morning, and I can live a long time without smelling it again.

Soldiers doing pt

I do know from experience that just eating better is not going to get the job done. I may be able to drop a few pounds cutting bad carbs, sugar and drinking more water, but moving is going to get the results faster. My goal is not just to shed a few pounds, it’s to get back down to a healthy weight for me. Let’s be honest, I know everyone has some issue they struggle with, maybe more than one.

I conquered one struggle with the help of the Lord, and we are forever thankful. My husband and I had tried to quit smoking for years, only to have WW 3 commence under our roof after only a few days. Not a happy site. So, we would start smoking again. The turning point was a desire on both our parts to dedicate our lives back to the Lord. We decided to attend a new church, get baptized and really learn what the Bible says about living a righteous life. In a tiny non-denominational church with prayer warriors a plenty we went forth one Sunday to break the nicotine habit. I will never be able to explain how it happened, but I NEVER craved another Marlboro again. Jesus did that for me!
Now, after I quit smoking, two babies, and years of a more sedentary life, I have gained more weight then I care to admit. My family has a history of diabetes, I have high cholesterol, and I have had a gout attack; twice. It’s time to quit messing around and get busy. I am doing pretty well with my eating, some days better than others. I do tend to cheat once in a while. That reminds me I have half a brownie I need to either finish or dispose of. I don’t feel bad for cheating. I get right back on the wagon the next day.

good food
What has worked for me is walking. I used to have a walking partner, but she moved away. Now I struggle with staying dedicated to it alone. I can walk any time, in any weather. I do it in my basement to a tape or DVD. Now I know some people are going to wonder; really? Can you really lose weight that way? Yes, you can. I had lost 15 pounds, and then when I stopped concentrating on the goal I gained it all back and then some. Stress sabotaged me.Walking
This time I am determined to get to the goal. I have only lost six pounds with my new eating program and I am not struggling with finding the time to walk in doors with my tape. I always plan on going to bed early so I can get up before I need to worry about two teenage boys waking up in time for school. That’s about to change. They are old enough to get themselves up, and we just happen to have two small alarm clocks that are not in use. Soon I will have no more excuses.

Blessings,

Tammy Trail

Exercise? Low-Impact Aerobics

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By Jennifer Hallmark

The month of March will be dedicated to exercise here on the writing prompts blog. Exercise has become more important and promoted in every walk of life and every age. From walking to bicycling to low-impact aerobics to Zumba, exercising is the “in” thing. Exercise? What’s your favorite?

Today, I’m going to share with you my favorite form of exercise, low-impact aerobics. A simple definition of this is a dance-like exercise that does not involve jumping, hopping, or jogging movements, sparing possible injury to joints. With my less-than-perfect back, this form of exercise is perfect for me.

Spine-health.com says that aerobic exercise increases the flow of blood and nutrients to back structures which supports healing, and can decrease the stiffness in the back and joints that lead to back pain. I agree. The program I follow uses walking and stepping instead of jogging and jumping. Jennifer Brindley Webster has a 30-minute program that I watch on satellite television. Her program has three days of aerobic exercise and two days of toning a week, all low-impact. Check this link to find out more about Rise Up television.

exercise bikeAnother form of exercise that I can do is  ride my stationary bicycle. A good work-out of the heart and legs can start my day off right. As I get older, I realize that I need to keep in shape and that means exercise. If I don’t, who will do it for me? No one. Let’s hear from you.  What form of exercise do you enjoy?