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The Long Road

I’m ready to admit it; I’m out of shape.

I’m not “Biggest Loser” out of shape with hundreds of pounds to lose, I’m every-man out of shape. I’m carrying a few extra pounds around the middle, I sit at a desk all day, and while I can walk up stairs easily I usually choose not to. So I’m staging an intervention.

I’m committing to get back in to doing something active every day. It doesn’t have to be the most intense workout of my life, but it does have to take at least half an hour. I’m also making a commitment to bike commuting more often. Riding my bike to work keeps me healthy by doing something that I have to do already, it’s free exercise time! Running is part of the plan too. I can get a better cardio workout from a 30 minute run than I can from a 30 minute bike ride, and it’s weight bearing, working a different set of muscles than I would on the bike. Finally, pushups are in the mix. I can work in a set of pushups anywhere I happen to be, no gym required.

Seems so simple, yet I know how difficult it can be to stick to. I’ve fallen off the wagon for almost 6 months, and now look where I am. No one would ever tell me I look out of shape, but I know it’s true. I think we all know when we are not doing enough with our bodies, it’s just hard to figure out where to start. And it’s a long road, with no end in sight. Because “stay in shape” isn’t a goal, it’s a lifestyle choice. It’s not a 5k in September, or a charity ride in the spring. It’s getting out there every day without any other reason than it’s the right thing to do.

And doing the right thing is always hard.

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  • Melissa Armstrong

    You can do it! We can help by setting a family activity for the weekends. We’ll hold you accountable. 🙂

  • Alex

    Bike commuting was huge for me in terms of exercising daily – since it’s time I need to spend either in the car or on the bike, it’s not like I had to MAKE time for it. But what really got me going was getting a folding bike. I have a small apartment, and it takes up pretty much no space, but it still rides like a regular bike. So far, so good for me, anyway.

  • Meghan Schmidt

    I’m trying to do this as well since I am also “chained to a desk all day”. I go up and down my stairs as much as possible (it helps the water cooler is downstairs), I do squats or lunges any time I get out of my desk, and I also have a routine of stairs/sit ups/push ups that I do first thing every morning. With this routine as well as the gym, I am hoping to get back into a healthy shape!

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