Why I’m Going One Week With Daily Exercise, And Why I Haven’t Already.

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It’s good to be back.

These past few weeks have been something else, starting with my birthday, then a surprise trip to Hangout Fest in Gulf Shores, all the while trying to get a bunch of new work done on this site – it’s been a lot, but I’ve made it to the other side.

If this isn’t your first time to this site, you might notice a few changes I’ve been working on these past few weeks.  Most notably, I’ve added a slash into the site’s title, “One Week With/out.”

Fear not: I’m still going to do challenges focused on quitting bad habits, vices, and conveniences.  I just wanted the additional option of doing “Week With” challenges to focus on picking up good habits as well.  Couldn’t hurt, right?

So, starting now, I’ll be going One Week With Daily Exercise, getting at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, every day, through next Tuesday and beyond.

Now I should admit, I’m not one of those people who “likes” exercising.  I played basketball and baseball up through high school, but dropped them like a bad habit as soon as I was tired of it.  In the years since, I’ve very occasionally gone on little spurts of sporadic exercising, but I’ve never taken it seriously, and it has never stuck.

In college, it was OK, because I was walking/jogging so far between classes all day that I didn’t really need any other exercise to maintain my sleek, somewhat doughy figure.

Once I graduated and entered the office life, my daily walking schedule turned into something like this:

  1. Walk out my front door to my car (20 feet)
  2. Park at work, walk up the stairs to my office (50 feet)
  3. Walk to the coffee shop next door (30 feet)
  4. Walk to the bathroom (5 feet)
  5. Walk to the refrigerator to get my lunch (5 feet)
  6. Walk to the coffee shop next door (30 feet)
  7. Walk back down to my car (50 feet)
  8. Park at home, walk in the door (20 feet)

So, I traded the several miles I walked each day in college for approximately 210 feet of walking.

As you might have guessed, I didn’t bother to change my eating or drinking habits, and the result, unsurprisingly, was that I got as pudgy as an elementary school boy, biding his time until his growth spurt stretches him out.

Well, once I finally got a job waiting tables again, the strangest thing happened.  Despite my weekly hamburger consumption going up 300-400%, I started losing weight.  I was moving my body again, and it felt great.

So, now I’m going to take it up a notch and try to start getting seriously fit.  I’m going to try to mix up my activities as much as I can, between hiking, jumping rope, and lifting weights, to avoid exhaustion or routine boredom.

This week, most of all, I’m curious to see what the - effects of a daily exercise routine are.  Everyone knows that exercise helps tremendously in the long-term, but does it also improve your life after only a few days?  I’m going to find out.

may we all get better together.

-s

Comments

  1. Trademark MMA says

    Perhaps Fraternity brother and Vanderbilt Law Student Andrew David Kabbes can assist in getting you started on this process