Get Moving {A Fresh Start}

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As I type this, I’m sitting in the library doing my monthly volunteer hours.  Twice already I’ve been asked if I walked here, because “we didn’t see a car and thought the library was closed.”  Oh.  Also, it’s 27° outside.  (And yes, there have only been two people in the library this morning.)

Yes.  I walked.  Don’t be impressed, as the library is a mere two blocks from home.  Even my coffee survived the trek.  😉

Last week I giggled at a “city” friend’s Facebook status:  “You know it’s January when the gym parking lot is full at 2pm.  Keep it up, America!”


It’s that time of year!  Without any research I’m pretty sure losing weight and/or getting healthy tops many a New Year’s Resolution list, as well it should.  {ahem}  Also without any research, I’m guessing that’s the resolution most often dropped.

It’s too expensive to join the gym.  Exercise is boring.  I can’t fit it into my day.  There’s no time.  I have nowhere to exercise.  It hurts.  It’s too hard. 

Yada.  Yada.  Yada.

Here’s the thing.  Unless you need a special regimen to prepare yourself for some ironman triathlon or other (you go!) the key is to get moving.  That’s all.

Walk instead of drive.  March or do crunches while watching your favorite show.  Chase the kids up and down the jungle gym at the playground, or utilize the walking path while they play.  Take the baby for a walk in the stroller, or strap her to you and do some lunges.

Borrow an exercise dvd from the library, then swap it for a different one when you get bored.  Wear a pedometer and keep moving until you hit 10,000 steps in a day.  Make date night a bicycle ride night.  Chat with your BFF on a power walk instead of around a fast food table.

I get that we’re busy.  I get that it’s cold outside.  I get that it’s hard to get up early.  I get that the day disappears without intentional exercise.  Been there, done that.  (and still doing it some days!)

But really?  It’s all excuses.  Some valid, others way lame.   I don’t care how you make time.  I don’t care when you do it.  It doesn’t matter to me if you shell out for a gym membership or don’t pay a penny.  I do want you to move, though, because it’s good for you!  I care about you and want you to be healthy and strong for yourself and your family!

How will you get moving this year?  (What works for you?  Or… what do you hope will work for you?  Share some ideas!)



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  1. Rebecca Miller says:

    This post has a distinctly different tone. Hope your ok. Great advice! I have been pondering lately the truth in eventually we all get what we truely want. If I truely want exercise I will find a way to do it. Different from I want a million dollars, in, do I truely want it? enough to make it happen. Thanks for the info:)

  2. Working out is hard. But, you’re right, you need to just start moving.

    After my second child was born, I took two classes at our local gym {it was $50 for 12 weeks}. It helped me get back in the groove of working out, and from there I was able to do it on my own.

    And there are a million excuses, but having a buddy helps so, so much! Having my running buddies is the only way I’ll get my butt outta bed at 0’dark thirty to go running. With them, I can’t use any lame excuses. 😉

  3. One of the best quotes I’ve ever seen “if it’s important you will find a way, if its not you’ll find an excuse”

  4. If exercise is something I dread, I will most likely never do it. But if it’s an activity I enjoy, it might even become a habit.

    I like to roller skate (yes, the white figure-skate kind with pink wheels!) and dance any old how to praise music or using instructional dvds like line-dancing. One of my goals for this year is to dance every day! I’m doing pretty well so far. It’s a great exercise spiritually as well as physically. The praise music makes our home feel happier and more peaceful and I get energized and filled with joy when I dance.

    My husband and I made a goal to exercise with our son every weekend, doing things like kicking a ball around, using hula hoops and jump ropes, throwing a frisbee, skating with the stroller at the park, playing on the swings, etc. That’s not a lot, but it’s better than no exercise, and it makes good memories.

  5. I’m fortunate enough to actually get paid for working out. I’ve been a group exercise instructor for 26 years. I teach 3-4 classes per week. I can never quit that job since it “forces” me to be somewhere to workout! After all these years, it’s still not easy for me to just workout on my own, lol! Just not as fun.

    One of my favorite pins that I like to use as thought-for-the-day in my classes–“There are 1440 minutes in a day. Use 30 of them for exercise.” Really puts it in perspective for me.

  6. So true – we will continue to complain about things rather than making a way to do it! We can justify till we are out of breath, but with the time it took to come up with all the excuses we could have done 30 minutes of something else!

  7. it really is a mindset. when i lived in Europe it was just a given that you walked or rode your bike everywhere. didn’t matter what the weather was. school kids bike kilometers to school in rain, snow, ice. my parents lived there for 25 years and have now relocated back to the US. i noticed that they still have that mindset. they purposely chose a home that was within walking distance to everything they needed (store, church, etc.). and my mom takes a walk every day, no matter what the weather.
    we live in a small town and i try to walk as much as possible with my kids. but i get crazy looks and people stop and offer to give us a ride. 🙂 but the other day i chose to drive to the library because i thought it was too cold. oops!
    i like to do shorter, more intense workouts to get them over with since i generally despise any workout that is not a simple walk. so far i like Jillian Micheals 30 Day Shred because they are short workouts that give good results. it is pretty hard to say i don’t have 20 minutes in my day to do a work out.

  8. You should come to Virginia for a visit- it was over 70 degrees today and the same is promised for tomorrow! I like this series. Thanks!

  9. We are that family that walks! Every night (except in the winter), the hubby, 2 boys, 2 dogs, and me pushing the stroller with my beautiful baby girl. We have done it since we have been married and now we just do it with everyone else! The winter is tough though. I force myself on the treadmill. I have to get up early and do it, otherwise I have a million excuses up until the time I go to bed! I tell myself, get your three times in this week and then you are done!

  10. Whether it’s -15 or 90 degrees, you’ll find me walking/jogging 3 miles (outside!) at least five days a week. I get up really early in the morning to do it– I need to get it all in before my hubby leaves for work. There are mornings when I would MUCH rather snuggle back under the covers, but I never, ever, ever regret it once I’m out there. You speak truth here, my friend!

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