Thursday, January 9, 2014

Welcome to 2014!

What a year this is going to be! I am excited about all the possibilities. Aren’t you?  January 1 each year give us a blank slate to write a new story. 

I know that many of us plan to start exercising on January 1. Here in the Midwest, that has been much harder than usual. It has been so cold and there has been so much snow that getting out of the house is almost as much exercise as one can take! 

So, what can you do when you are stuck in the house or it is just too cold to take a walk? Well, you can do some simple things around the house to get some exercise. If fact, if you haven’t exercised in a while, it might be a good warm up for you to start a simple program around the house. (Here is where we insert the – always check with your doctor before starting a new fitness program.)

How about starting your day by simply walking from one end of your house to the other for 15 minutes? You could turn up the tunes and enjoy the time walking to the music. You can do it in your pajamas and no one will be the wiser! 

Do you have someone that you talk to each day? How about during that call (or any phone call) you just start marching in place. While you talk, just keep moving. Okay, it might shorten the phone call but try not to let it. Talk away while moving your feet. The phone call should distract you from thinking about the exercise.
I know that there are ways to avoid watching commercials these days. Why not watch the commercials but during them either walk around or march in place. That way you can easily pick up 10 minutes of exercise while you watch a half hour show. No, I don’t think you should eat while you are walking. Make walking the thing to do during commercials instead of going to the kitchen to get a snack. 

fitbit Tracker

One of my friends has that fitbit exercise tracker band. It is a great way to keep track of your movements.  The goal is to get to 10,000 steps a day. I had her check and both walking in your house and marching in place count.  (Granted, going out for a walk is a quicker way to gain steps but if you are stuck inside at least you are still working on it.)  In case you have never heard of a fitbit here is a link to find our more.

Oh and don't forget my old favorite - chair yoga.  Here is a link to a previous post about it.

How do you exercise in this inclement weather? Please let us know in the comment section. 

I ran across this article on 7 Resolutions for a New Year with Diabetes and I am passing it along.  I thought you might find it interesting. Click here for the link.

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