One of my New Year's resolutions (and, yes, I AM gonna get back to that complete post one of these days), was to work on being Healthy Fit. To that end, I would do x amount of exercise each day, based on what the activity was.
Now, I am not one to exercise for the point of exercise. I've always wished I COULD be like that, getting the endorphin rush from it, etc., etc., but the fact is that I HATE 'exercise for exercise'. With a passion. But, exercising with a visible, immediate end result? Now THAT works!
So, on the days I haven't been SICK (ah-hem) in 2010, I have been getting in my Healthy Fitness. Here's a list of the activities I've come up with to choose from:
If the time is spent on one of the following, 20 minutes is the time allotment. (And, of course, I could always do more if I was having such a grand ol' time!):
- Dancing (Put on ABBA, close the curtains, and GO for it!)
- Wood Splitting
- Snow Shoveling
- Wood Work (Stacking, etc.)
Similarly, if I choose one of these, I'll do 30 minutes:
- Brisk Walking
It being winter, the Healthy Fits (hey, the name works for me - psychological trickery is everything!) I've chosen so far have been wood splitting and snow shoveling.
On Tuesday, it being a gorgeously sunny day, I shoveled the snow away from underneath the solar panels (where it slides down to rest when it melts). I took the following picture a year ago this month, but the picture is exactly what I saw on Tuesday (that's the garage you're looking at).
Now, here's something interesting. Because I want to make sure I'm not cheating myself, I take a kitchen timer when I'm doing my Healthy Fits. And, I would have expected the heavy, wet snow shoveling to "cover" my 20 minutes alotted time. But, ya know what? When I was done, it had only taken me 10 minutes! So, I picked out a new area that needed to be shoveled (the south-facing walkway on the way to the front decks), and cleared a good chunk of that in my remaining 10 minutes. And, the end result? Two big areas cleaned of snow, and my muscles worked! Satisfaction all around. :)