My Simple Solution for Getting in Shape
February 1, 2009
Getting in shape isn’t just a matter of being healthy and feeling good, it can have a big impact on your wallet as well. I’ve been getting some big medical bills from the end of last year when I ran into some health issues, which could have been avoided had I been taking care of myself.
As I mentioned in my new years action plan, my life has become substantially busier over the last two years. Before our son and this site entered our world, I used to jog at least five times a week but that came to an end once our life got busy. I did want to exercise I just didn’t have the time, sound familiar?
I kept telling myself things would slow down a little and I’d get back into exercising then. Well, as life would have it, I found myself busier than ever at the end of 2008 and I made zero time for working out until I ran into some health issues.
Time off work, major pain, and medical bills reminded me that you can’t ignore your health forever. So I sat down with my wife at the beginning of 2009 and made a plan for the year.
Simple Exercise Plan
Now I exercise about 30 minutes, 4 days a week. Three days of the week I come home from work and head down into our basement with our son, where I hit the treadmill and he plays in the big open space in the middle of the room. Then we fit in a session on Saturday or Sunday afternoon to make 4 days of exercise. It’s been working out well, we’re still spending the time together and I get a workout at the same time.
It started off at the beginning of January where I was at the lowest setting for the entire session. Each day I’ve increased the setting a little more and now that the first month of working is over, I’ve gotten to the point where I work my way up to the 4th setting by the end of the session.
Making it a Habit
I think the most important part of my plan is that it’s easy to follow. I have a set time and I’m in and out so it’s not a big mental challenge. Since it’s easy to do, it makes it easier to stick with the routine.
I’m taking a slow approach, not stressing out about how much weight I’ve lost at all. In fact, I haven’t gotten on the scale since I’ve begun. I just know if I keep up the exercising that eventually the weight will start to come off and if I incorporate it as a routine in my life the weight (and hopefully the medical bills) will stay away.
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