I’m proud of sister-in-law Mary. She leads an active life, more active than most, and I think she will tell you that a lot of that activity is self-induced. She has a full-time job and has a very busy social calendar with events, etc. There are a lot of people I know like that, most everyone these days, and many say they are too busy to exercise. But does that have to be the case?
I won’t tell you how old Mary is in fear of retribution, however she has a few years on me. Let’s just say she isn’t a millennial. So, with all the activities going on in her life, how does she have time to exercise?
First off, if you have been following along, we classify walking as exercise. For those that aren’t necessarily looking for that beach body physique, those of us 50+, walking is a great exercise with many benefits including relieving stress. There are more than 10 muscles being used at the same time when you walk, and the heart is one of them.
Mary found time in her busy day by getting up 40 minutes early and hitting the pavement. She jokes that the first time she ventured out, that she only made it to the cemetery, which is only about 300 yards away. Over time, however, she has added a little more distance each week and now her morning stroll extends upwards to two miles.
She is a phone person. In the old answering machine days she once left a message on our machine that nearly used up the whole tape, with the message at the end to simply call her back, lol. Let’s just say she like to talk and is good at keeping a conversation going. Anyways, she uses this time to get in her daily call with one of her boys, something she values very much. This keeps with her active go-go-go lifestyle in that she is using the time to accomplish other tasks as well as getting in her exercise.
Two lessons can be learned, three if you are new to this blog, 1) walking is exercise, 2) start slowly and you will be surprised how all of a sudden you are walking a couple of miles a day, and 3) you can fit it into your day with a little extra discipline. I guess I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you about a 4th lesson, walking can be enjoyable.
Have fun and be good to your heart. Take a dedicated walk every day, the cemetery can wait.