A couple of weeks ago, I joined the Quaker Heart Healthy Challenge and thought of ways I could accomplish my goal to exercise 15 times in 30 days. Since then, I have realized that one of my biggest personal challenges when it comes to exercise is setting aside the time to do it. I also find it really hard to do quality exercise with young children underfoot. I think I need to join a gym!
I have had a couple of Wii Zumba sessions, and those are really fun! Plus, I decided that in order to succeed at this challenge, that I should allow myself to count physical activities that I do around the house (aka chores) as exercise. But not just any physical activities – I’m talking about the kind where I actually work up a sweat and end up with sore muscles. For example, today I spent about an hour outside shoveling about 20 tons of snow. Okay, so 20 tons may be a slight exaggeration, but I assure you, it was a LOT of snow and I actually did work up a good sweat despite the 20 degree temperature outside. The best part is that when I look at shoveling snow as a physical activity that is good for me instead of a boring old household chore, I am more motivated to do the work and I feel good about myself once the job is done. It’s a win-win situation.
I’m looking forward to spending the rest of the challenge looking for even more creative ways to get at least a half hour of physical activity. Maybe tomorrow, I will be able to take the time to go ski on the snow, instead of shoveling it!
I have a great idea. Why don’t you join me in taking the MapMyFitness Quaker Heart Challenge?
February is National Heart Health month. Even if it’s only 5 more minutes a day, what extra step will you take to stay fit?
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