I need to move more.
You need to move more.
This is not news to any of us. Very few of us live active lives. Lives that involve moving, walking, lifting. Even living on a farm doing chores is not enough activity, My doctor told me so.
I was sad, but relieved.
I knew I needed to move more. But hey, it’s winter here in Colorado and going for a walk involves finding several additional layers. And boots. And risking slipping on the ice that is on the road (no sidewalks in my rural neighborhood).
Since I asked her what I could do/change/improve to minimize the recurrence of melanoma I decided I should follow her advice.
Forty five minutes five days each week. My choice of brisk walking, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, or bicycling.
You’ll find me out snow shoeing on Wednesdays, meeting friends to walk trails around town some days, or simply walking with my dog through my lovely rural neighborhood other days. When friends aren’t available to join me Gypsy and I head out anyway.
I am feeling better than I have in a long time. I have more energy, I sleep better (most nights), and I am happier. The fresh air and movement have proven to be therapeutic physically and mentally.
So my advice to you is to grab a jacket and head outside. If you have a dog, invite them!
Just do it!
I find it helpful to track my activity. I have an app on my iPhone (which appeared with an update) called “Health”. It tracks my steps if I have my phone on me. It can track a lot more, but I just use it for activity.
If you are not one who likes to rely on technology you can download Track Your Exercise for a printable page to record your activity.
For you and your health- MOVE MORE!
What apps or methods do you use to track your activity?
Please share as a comment or email me.
As a side note: I was watching a webinar on the naturopathic approach to treating cancer. Studies show that 45 minutes of brisk exercise 5 times a week decreases recurrence of breast cancer.