8 week fitness challenge – Day 1
I just returned from a couple of weeks in Ontario where we visited with family and friends. Sadly, while we were there, my mother had a stroke. She is recovering, but it caused me to give my own health a closer look. Can I improve my lifestyle to reduce my risk for stroke and heart disease? I can certainly influence my health in two areas. The first is nutrition. I do well with diet. I take supplements based on my Organix urine profile which shows exactly what nutrients the cell needs to function properly. I have also figured out, through experimentation, exactly what foods work best for my body.
The other area I can influence is exercise. I hate to confess this, since I am a naturopathic doctor and an advocate of health, but I hate exercise. There. I said it. I tell plenty of other people to exercise regularly, but I generally do not exercise. I like walking, I do physical things around the house such as gardening, housework etc, but I do not do a purposeful daily or even weekly workout program. This is not to say I don’t have good intentions. Currently I have at least eight books on exercise routines, seven videos, have joined a gym twice, own a treadmill, exercise ball, rebounder, various weights, tubes and skipping ropes and a yoga mat.
I want to work out regularly. I want to set a good example for my daughter. Teens who are physically active are much more likely to be healthy as adults. She will follow whatever I am doing, so I better lead well in this.
Today I came across a Facebook link for an eight week fat burning program. I like that this program is very cheap, I can do it from home and that it has great reviews. I ordered the round 1 program. Here is the link: http://www.fitnessblender.com/v/workout-programs/ . I think this will be a good summer project, if I stick to it. I may go on to round 2 and then round 3 if round 1 is successful. If anyone else wants to join us with this – great! The usual warnings apply about talking to your health care provider first before starting a new exercise program especially if you have any health issues. I’ll get my daughter to work out with me, and I’ll post regularly on how it is going, since this is the best way for me to stay accountable!. Time to practice what I preach! Somehow I’d rather do another detox diet….