I have written several times about my beloved treadmill. You will be happy to know that I still use it almost daily. I just have to give a little update about the difference it has made.
When I started using it 6 months ago, I mostly walked. Because of work and family circumstances, exercise had gone to the back burner. As a matter of fact, there was no burner it all. Exercise just didn’t exist. I tried running some, but I really couldn’t go very far. (I am asthmatic too, so some days are better than others for heavier exertion.)
Since I bought the treadmill, I have committed to walking/running at least 2 miles either outside or on the treadmill. I used the treadmill some even in the summer as opposed to walking outside because the humidity just kills me. I don’t really weigh myself, so I have no idea if my weight has gone up or down, but I do know I feel better. I am also able to run a good portion of the two miles I travel on the treadmill now, although I usually still walk part of the time.
The other night though, I got an idea of the difference getting daily exercise has made.
Four of us went to the fitness center to play some racquetball. I love racquetball, and I started playing as a teenager. However, it had been quite awhile since I played, so I didn’t know how I would hold up. I must say, I gave it my all, and I felt like I could play forever. I could not believe how great it felt to play without being horribly winded or wanting to quit. After I played racquetball for over an hour, I even had enough energy to go out to the basketball court to help my daughter. (I was ball-shagger, I am terrible at basketball. Even my 12 year old can destroy me on the court.)
So, the point of all of this is to encourage all of you to get out and try to do even a little exercise each day. I am amazed what a difference exercising 30 minutes a day has done for my endurance and probably overall health. Not to mention I have more energy too.
I know life is busy, but walking can be easy to squeeze in. Go for a stroll during your child’s practice. Walk through the neighborhood while chatting with a friend. There isn’t a better investment in the world than in your own health, so it is definitely time well spent!