It's been just seven days since I committed to a goal of 900 minutes of exercise for the month of June. So far, I'm delighted to report, I'm on target. I've managed to walk every day except Sunday and to my surprise, I found that once I got myself out the door, I usually stayed out much longer than 30 minutes. I also noticed by week's end that I have to go further to get the same amount of time in, which means I'm moving faster!
June is a perfect month to begin an exercise program. The sun rises early and the temperature is ideal for exercise, especially at that time of day. (in December, not so much, but I'll deal with that later!) Because I'm so enamored of being outdoors in this weather, I neglected the weight training part of my regimen.
My goals for this week are to add in the weight-training portion (very important for women of a certain age!) My go -to author regarding weight-lifting is Miriam E. Nelson, PhD. Her website is Strong Women. Initially she studied the positive effects of strength training on elderly women and wrote Strong Women Stay Young. This was followed by more studies at Tufts and books promoting strength training for women for weight loss, to prevent osteoporosis, to improve cardiovascular health and to control arthritis symptoms. In short, strength training is an important component of exercise for women of all ages and at all levels of fitness. (Good for men too.)
So this is a definite must-do activity for me!
Accomplishments for Week 1:
I got out the door!!! Yeah!
I enjoyed the meditative aspect of walking in the silence of early morning.
I exercised 305 minutes.
I lost a pound.
Goals for Week 2:
Keep up the momentum.
Add two sessions of weight-training
Increase my walking speed.
Continue to be grateful for the gift of an early morning walk and the beauty all around me.
I'm curious. Did you begin an exercise program recently or are you already exercising regularly? How are you doing and , if you are successful at maintaining your commitment, how do you do that? Join the conversation by clicking on the comments section below.
My Take-Away for Week One: I CAN do it!