Speaking of health…Over the years, I have been very guilty of the mindset “if I pay for it, I’ll be more motivated to go” when it comes to gym memberships. In fact, just two years ago, when we first moved to Georgia and into my Grandmother’s house, I joined a gym for the family.
It was in walking distance of her house and gave us somewhere to go on a daily basis to get out of her way and burn off some steam. I was determined to lose some weight. And for about 4 months, I went daily. Every morning at 5am before I go to work, I would do 30 minutes of cardio there.
And then I fell off the wagon and we got settled in and we stopped using that outlet. Thank goodness there was no long term commitment and the cost was very affordable. About $35 dollars for the whole family, I think.
Need to Exercise
I know you are groaning now, aren’t you? Thinking I am now going to justify joining a gym again. Don’t worry, I’m not. Not even thinking about it. First of all, I never leave the house if I don’t have too, so going to a gym is not even on my radar.
But I do need to add some movement to my days. Working from home tends to make me a bit lazy…other than weekly yard work and taking the dogs out a few times a day, I really don’t have to move around a lot. And I need too.
With the advent of the new school year this week, I’ve come up with a plan. Free plan, even!
At 6:20 a.m., I take the dogs out every morning. We typically just walk around a while or I tie them up and work in the yard for a while. But I’ve decided to add jump roping to my daily routine. It will get my heart rate up. I heard it’s one of the best “all over” exercises you can do. And doing that early in the morning gave little chance of many people seeing my fat jumping around.
Afternoon lull. I don’t know about you, but I tend to hit a wall in the early afternoon. I can hardly keep my eyes open. And my brain is fried from concentrating on work for the last 5-6 hours with few breaks. So I decided to add something super convenient, free and upbeat. I’m going to try doing the Dance Fitness with Jessica workouts that she posts for free access on YouTube. I literally can turn them on in my computer screen, slide my desk chair out of the way, and get to moving! I figure just doing one dance, at my very novice level, will be a good start. (Yes, you can laugh when you picture, I do.)