If you haven’t seen me in a while and you ask me how my summer was, I would answer, “We moved.” That is all I feel like I did this past summer. We got our old house ready to sell. We showed it. We sold it. We packed. We moved. We cleaned. We unpacked. And we are still unpacking. And we will forever be cleaning. Moving is hard work. I have had a few people ask about my fitness endeavors this summer and my answer has been, “We’re moving.” Lifting, cleaning, organizing…moving. That has been my exercise.
Our bodies were made to move. They are healthiest when they’ve been moving regularly, and they are weakest when they haven’t been moving very much. It’s quite simple, really. We tend to complicate it by making sure we are up with the latest fitness trends and doing everything “right”. If you think about exercise and you don’t know where to start, just start moving more. If you feel you are moving a lot and you don’t know if it is enough, here are some guidelines from the American College of Sports Medicine (see the specifics here):
- Try to get 150 minutes of moderately intense cardiovascular exercise each week.
- Challenge your muscles through resistance training 2-3 times each week.
- Do flexibility exercises to maintain range of motion, preferably 2-3 days each week.
- Train functionally, i.e. in ways that will help improve your ability function in your everyday life.
That is the basic gist of it, but I will break it down a little further in my posts to follow. For now, just make sure you keep moving.