Spring has arrived here in Southern Utah. I am so excited to have longer days and nicer weather. It has been a challenge to get regular exercise in over the winter. I do exercise in my house, but it’s not the same as getting outside in the sunshine.
I am not one to join a gym. I just don’t believe in paying for something I can do for free. I would rather pay for a good pair of shoes to wear during exercise. Usually, people already know which brand of shoe works best for them. I always purchase Saucony brand shoes that are good for heavy runners.
Why do I get shoes for heavy runners? First of all, they generally make most exercise shoes for people weighing up to 150 pounds. Pretty much everyone I know is over 150 pounds. Right? Except for Shelly.
Second, I find that these shoes offer more stability, cushioning, and last longer for me. I really love the Shoe Dog on Road Runner Sports. You put in different bits of information about your weight, exercise regime, foot arch, pronation, etc. and the shoe dog fetches the right size and style of shoe that would be best for you. Fun!
I also wear this type of shoe to work at the hospital. The Saucony’s hold up well for 12-hour shifts and help my back not hurt so much. I usually get a separate
new pair of exercise shoes each year.
I have free weights and an exercise ball at home. My weights come in three-pound, five-pound, and eight-pound sizes. You can find all of these items on-line. On Pinterest, you can find about a million exercise plans that will help you get a fitness program going. Also, you can almost always find fitness equipment at yard sales and on Craigslist. Lots of people purchase fitness equipment but don’t always enjoy the work that goes with that equipment.
I have found since my surgery, that I have more energy, and confidence. I feel better about my body image. I feel better about what I look like in exercise clothes. Even so, motivation and willingness to get out there is the key to a successful fitness regime. I find that walking is the easiest and often the best exercise for me. The point is to just go. My sister says “the hardest part of a run/walk is going out the door”. I really believe that phrase is true. You can set goals for your walking program. Start with fifteen minutes and work your way up in ten or fifteen-minute intervals. Do what you can. As many of you know, I have dogs. My dogs need exercise too but walking dogs is a different type of walk. I am often at their mercy as far as pace goes. I think it’s best to separate your exercise time from their exercise time.
A strength training workout is great for your bones and muscles. You don’t have to lift enormous amounts of weight. Small poundage, repetition, and technique are what add up to muscle tone. You can add more poundage as you develop more strength. Bodyweight exercise is really awesome. You don’t need any weights at all, just your own body weight. Go to Pinterest for ideas. Use your exercise ball for balance and strengthening exercises.
If you can afford a personal trainer, get one. These folks are expert and awesome at evaluating your fitness level, choosing exercises, and planning fitness programs tailored for you individually. I am my own personal trainer.
I encourage you to visit your Primary Care Doctor first to get a physical before starting any exercise plan. Learn about your body and what it can handle as far as exercise goes. Start easy and work towards a goal. Be safe! Wear reflective clothing and carry ID with you.
This year I am setting a goal to participate in some of the Fun Runs around town. I have run a marathon in the past. Running a marathon was on my bucket list. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt! I hope that this post will help you feel motivated. You are in good company with the rest of us on our own fitness journey.
Have a great week and get some exercise.