Sunday, September 5, 2010

Let's Get Physical

Part of Teri's allure, for me, was her knowledge of nutrition. Due to various health issues she's become attuned to taking good care of her body, and that includes physical exercise. Together we like to share restaurant meals and often we choose to graze, not gorge. That means eating six half-size meals a day, keeping the blood sugar rock steady. We also like to take walks together. Ride bicycle. Someday we hope to add cross-country skiing and snowshoeing to our regimen. It's great to be out in the elements together, to work up at least a little sweat, to feel our muscles burn a slight bit, knowing we are boosting our metabolism and that it will run 24 hours a day, burning that wonderful fuel, fat, even while we sleep.

We want to stay active. That way we will feel young. That might mean something as simple as parking to car at the far end of the lot at Walmart. In the long run, this habitual behavior will help us be sharper, clearer, more optimistic, happier.

I have taken the fitness regimen a step further with the Younger Next Year program, which I began in earnest on Aug. 1, 2009. It's a major commitment. It involves 45 minutes of aerobics four times a week, 45 minutes of weight training two times a week. The results have been remarkable. It's a small investment in time for such big dividends.

Teri, between work and family obligations, is not on board yet with the Younger Next Year program and may never be. That's fine. As long as most of the time we make good choices regarding fitness and nutrition, we will be OK. By supporting each other in getting fit and maintaining fitness, our relationships grows ever stronger.

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