For the first 32 years of my life, I never had much problem with my weight because I walked walk a lot. But there was a three-year period when I got in my car and got dropped off in front of my office. And in my office I just…sat. And sat. And sat.
I had no exercise, I was eating bad food, and I was extremely sleep deprived. You know the game Angry Birds? Well, I was the Angry Pig. Ha. Ha. Ha.
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To make myself feel better, I resorted to buying shoes — with stratospherically high heels, since I thought these were fashionable. Which resulted in more bad moods because these shoes pinched my feet. Which resulted in more sitting around because who wants to walk in pain. Which resulted in walking less than 1000 steps in a day! Which resulted in the Angry Pig. Which resulted in buying more shoes. It was a vicious cycle.
I have not bought any heels for the past 3 years higher than 2 inches. 99.9% of the time I am in flats during the day. Since I have several work commitments that require me to traverse Metro Manila traffic on a daily basis, I do not really have the time to regularly work out in the morning as I did in the past year.
So now I see movement, especially walking, as an essential part of the day. I take the stairs, walk to and from buildings and get up on an hourly basis to stretch my legs (if I am not sitting in traffic!). E (my daughter) and I walk Crikee (our mini Schnauzer) at night. This also gives me time to decompress and spend quality time with E.
I no longer consider going to the gym essential, with its many requirements of dressing up, travel, showering, and small talk, since I am confident of having done a lot of to move about during the day.
I have made movement as part of my lifestyle since I know anything that is not part of my lifestyle will not be sustained.
As an esteemed French woman put it, reap the benefits without the bother.
The point is to practice as much physical exertion for as many moments of the day as you can manage. This is the surest way to overcome the mental hurdle which the idea of regular exercise presents to some of us. Reap the benefits without the bother.
How do you incorporate exercise in your daily routine?