The Power of Movement
Thursday, March 11, 2010
There has been a lot written lately about the importance of exercise. Up until lately, I have sort of felt that I didn't need to change anything about my lifestyle, since I have always been fairly consistent about including exercise to my day in some form or other.
Then, the tips started showing up in my email from SparkPeople about the most successful people. I realized from reading the tips that the success will come with upping the status quo. It isn't enough to keep doing what I've always done; I need to do more. So, I have increased the days I workout each week. My goal is to workout everyday. However, I have had a couple snags in that plan, but I will forgive myself. Probably the biggest change I have made is consistently including strength training. I admit I never thought that was really an integral part of my regimen. How wrong I was! Now that I am including light weight training with my workouts, I am actually seeing an improvement in definition. Even more important, I am feeling better as a result.
Finally, I want to comment on the overall impact SparkPeople has made on my life during the past few months. I always dread the winter months here in Michigan because I tend to hibernate. I'm not fond of outdoor activity when the weather is so cold. When spring finally arrives, I usually have the big job of getting back in shape so that I can wear shorts, tanks, and even swimsuits. This year, amazingly, I have kept myself active and am ready for summer activities. I am so appreciative of this site. It provides me with the support I need.