A good habit

I’ve achieved a milestone.

I was editing an article about preventing diabetes last week at work. The article said to ward off diabetes, we should exercise 150 minutes per week. My first thought: “Oh, that’s it? I do that much!”

I like to take walks on my lunch hour. So, 20-minute walks times 5 days per week equals 100 minutes. Plus two 30-minute runs. We’re already at 160. Throw in a one-hour yoga class or a couple 30-minute Exercise-TV classes, and I’m well over.

The weather in Western Washington has turned decidedly cold and rainy. And it gets dark by 5 p.m., making it less appealing to run outside. I’ve been trying to take advantage of sunny breaks to get out to Green Lake when that’s not possible, I find something on Exercise-TV on demand. Do you guys use Exercise-TV? I love it!

This past week I found myself buried in schoolwork. Every spare chunk of time had to be dedicated to reading or writing answers to essay questions. By Thursday night, when I submitted my assignment, my body was craving some movement. The lunchtime walks just weren’t cutting it. I found myself wanting to go for a run and missing strength training.

That’s not like me! I’ve always seen working out more as something I need to do – like going to the dentist or eating salads – not something I desired. Somehow working out became part of my life. It’s a habit. It’s what I do, not something I have to force. Whoa!

Now to work on those salads.

Published by Candace

I’m a journalist, nutritionist, doting auntie, one-time bobsledder, and wannabe health nut (who loves chocolate and pizza too much to fully commit). I don't want you to think my life is perfect. It's not.

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