As I get older, I have been thinking about my health more and trying to make some changes. For the last few months, I have been eating healthy. I will soon write about the healthy eating plan of the 17 Day Diet to share how this has helped me lose weight, lower my cholesterol and lower my blood glucose level. Today though, my thoughts are on exercise. Before I had surgery on my foot, I was a runner. I ran 2 half marathons and got up early most weekends to get my run in before the activity of the day began. Now I rarely exercise except for occasional walking kicks I get on. Four years ago, the results of my bone density scan were good; now I am still within normal range, but the level dropped. I was advised to eat more calcium rich foods, continue to take my Vitamin-D supplements and exercise daily. Simple right?
For the month of December at work, we have a Healthy FUNdraiser challenge for the Bright Horizons Foundation For Children going on so now I have two reasons to figure out how to start exercising daily. For a person on a budget, running was a cheap and easy way to get my exercise done. Yesterday I was meeting my daughter for a movie so I got my 20 minutes in by walking the mall perimeter. It was challenging to keep moving and not stop in the stores, but I did it. Now today though, the thought of driving to the mall to walk seems crazy, or maybe I am just looking for an excuse not to do it. I got a couple Tai Chi DVD’s from the library, but when I put them in to try, it did not keep my attention so I decided to just walk in place. Does that count? Will it help the bone mineral density in my body? After my 20 minutes, I did a little research on walking in place. Most articles noted that walking is good for your health. The one article by Livestrong said, “Walking in place is just as effective as walking on a track; all you need is enough space to march, supportive shoes and comfortable clothing.” I forgot the shoes today, but I am going to give this a try. It is simple, cheap and convenient.
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