Thursday, June 24, 2010
Recently, I was going through my Cent$ible Nutrition materials (a class I took through the Family & Consumer Science department of our state university's extension service), and I came across a physical activity planning sheet. It says, "Just as you plan a weekly menu, plan your daily physical activity...You are more likely to be physically active if you plan time." I already plan our menus, so why not plan our outside activity times too?
We've all probably heard the tip to schedule exercise into our day. Sometimes, I think that can make us feel so "all or nothing" about it. It doesn't have to be an exercise video, or a really intense trip to the gym (for those who have gym memberships). Fitting in 30 minutes of activity can be much more moderate and realistic, like a 30-minute walk with the kids, or a nice bike ride as a family after dinner.
I've done the intense thing (pre-kids), and in my experience, it made me too obsessive. Not good. So I think moderate and n-o-r-m-a-l is better! I won't argue that a hard run will get your heart rate up more than a walk with kids, but in this post, I shared a quote a like that the best exercise for the long run is what most mirrors real life.
My materials recommend 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week (60 minutes at least for children). Now that summer's here, that's pretty easy to achieve!
Physical Benefits of Regular Physical Activity:
Increases physical fitness
Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints
Builds endurance and muscular strength
Helps manage weight
Lowers risk factors for cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, and type 2 diabetes
Helps control blood pressure
Promotes psychological well-being and self-esteem
Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety
Have you ever thought of planning exercise like menu planning? How does it work best for you? Do you think we set the bar so high that we feel like if we can't reach that today, we might as well not do anything? I think it's almost better to set the bar low, if you will, so we won't feel like a failure. Plus, we're still enjoying getting out there and moving!
It's Coffee Talk Thursday. Your turn to share your thoughts!
Have a great, active day!
(linked to Works for Me Wednesday)