As I sit here trying to get motivated on this cold and wintery March Monday, I take some small comfort in knowing that we are that much closer to spring. I am hopeful that warmer temperatures are coming soon, which means more opportunities for getting outdoors to walk or run. Honestly, I am just not too keen on bundling up to exercise outdoors, and I do not have a gym membership, so I need to find ways to burn a few calories and prepare for spring. As I look forward to those long walks or runs outside in the fresh air, there are things I can do now while I am waiting for the temperatures to rise. Feeling a bit uncomfortable with the less than ideal fit across my waistband area, it is time to put those winter excuses behind and get moving. After all, a concerted effort to increase my activity level and tone those muscles should also result in higher energy and greater productivity!
The Plan: Stay fit by incorporating more activity into my day, while also maintaining a healthy diet, in hopes that the additional efforts will burn some calories, tone muscles and increase my energy level.
Actions: First off, since I work full-time, I will look for opportunities throughout the day to walk further and take the stairs more often than I typically do. I can start by parking my car further away from the door, by making multiple trips to other areas of the
building and by taking the stairs multiple times a day. If I have time to take a lunch break, (which I don’t always do), I will drive over to mall and walk for a good half hour or more before heading back to the office. After work, I will do my best to motivate myself to get on that elliptical that is in my basement for at least 25 minutes a day, perhaps three times a week. (I am realistic in knowing that there are many other activities or engagements that could interfere with my goal so I try not to overestimate my intentions.) Also, I will try to add in a few arm weights here and there
while I am winding down for the night, to maintain whatever muscle mass I do have. If I follow thru with all these small efforts, I should be able to hit the ground running once the weather cooperates – which for me is a comfortable 50 degrees or higher.
Since March and April are months that have the sound of spring but can still bring winter snowstorms and cold temperatures, I will have to be vigilant in my efforts to stay fit indoors
for perhaps eight weeks or more. Then again, didn’t that prognosticating groundhog predict an early spring? I could be outdoors walking and running in no time. I guess it is time to hit the stairs!