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Activity 911

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I like to move it, move it

She likes to move it, move it

He likes to move it, move it

You like to (“move it”)

The strangest thing has happened on my journey to better health. Believe it or not, after years of finding ways to avoid being active, I now find myself seeking out activity opportunities. I have also discovered that planning and preparing for being active is just as important as planning and preparing for meals.

Believe me when I say that no one is more surprised by this revelation than I am. The fact that being active is now something I actually schedule pretty much blows me away. A year ago, I would avoided it using any excuse possible (and I had a lot of excuses). The major difference is today is that I accept NO EXCUSES. Doing something active each and every single day is a non-negotiable.

With that all said, I think we all know that sometimes plans just don’t work out as well as we… well, planned them. In short, people, stuff happens in this game called life. Now, what I choose to do when my original plan starts to crumble is pretty crucial.

In the past, I would simply say, “Oh, well, no exercise today.” But now I try my best to use the back-up-and-punt approach to making activity happen in my life.

Getting Ready

Step one for me was simply being prepared. Today, the weather here is suppose to be 95 with a heat index of over 100, so my planned activity of going for a bike ride with a friend may well fall through. As a back up, I packed what I would need for the bike ride AND my normal gym stuff should the weather prove too much for outside activity. As the scouts say, “Always be prepared.”

Getting Creative

Step two has been creating activity. This can be as simple as parking further away from the office, or using the stairs at work. I work on the 6th floor of my building, so using the stairs is something I do often during the day. I also discovered that taking the long away around on my numerous trips from desk to printer, to copier, to fax and back to desk was approximately 80 steps. I move at a very quick pace, and other than a few smirking co-workers (most who know and support what I am doing), no one else really notices.

Another way to create activity is to realize how far you have already come and what you can now accomplish. As a recent example, I needed to take my car in for repair and, although I had several friends offer to pick me up from the shop, none of them fit the schedule I needed for that particular day. So I did a map check on line and realized the shop was a little less than 3 miles from my home.

You guessed it. I dropped the car off and walked home. This is certainly something that would never have crossed my mind a year ago.

Getting It Done

The activity hint that works best for me is doing it early in the mornings. For me that means being at the gym at 4:30, which is not always an easy thing to do. Let’s be honest. Some mornings, I just don’t want to get out of the bed. But I have discovered that when I do something active first thing in the morning, I have an amazing sense of accomplishment, as well as the joy of knowing that I have actually already completed my day’s activity. I would, however, add that even on those mornings, I still pack a bag or two for the unplanned activity opportunities that may present themselves.

Taking Credit

A great thing to keep in mind is that ALL movement counts as activity. Lawn mowing, house cleaning, garden weeding, leaf raking, window washing, and anything else you do during the day are all meaningful movement. Active is active! You don’t have to be a gym rat, or a cyclist, or even a marathon runner. Just get out there and “move it, move it, move it.”

As always my friends I am on a lifetime journey to getting healthier and staying active, and I am Not Done Yet!!

~Dexter

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