Number 9: Get out and Exercise
How easy is it to say this? (So easy, Susan) How easy is it to DO this? (Gee Susan, it’s kind of hard. CSI is on tonight…)
I am ALL over this ole number nine. But I have to admit it. Yes, I have to. The exercise thing? I’m whispering it to you now to ease the blow…it does work. I am on the side of Science on this one. I try not to even think of any kind of weight loss when it comes to moving my body parts in a meaningful way. I try to think how good it feels to be in motion. One of my favorite things is walking the dog late at night in the cold. (She is a bassett hound so you know we do not walk very fast, very long or very far…) I found it exhilarating. We were not exercising, we were walking. I know the neighbors question my sanity but I can live with that. I am not the one who cannot park my car in the garage because I have too much stuff. (One notices things on late night walks…) Sanity is a relative term, don’t you think?
But this is NOT about moi. It’s about you. I’m not a trainer or a coach-y sort of person (I don’t think they allow couch potatoes to do that…) but let’s just say it’s about 35 degrees outside. Not snowing, just a wonderful steel gray sky. The kind of sky that looks like the clouds are about 2 feet above your head. Your nose hairs are not freezing in their follicles but you can see your breath. Put on your coat. Slip on your mittens (yes,I have mittens, what of it?) and slide on your boots. What, no boots? Okay, just no high heels. Step outside and suck in some air. Don’t stand by the bus and do this. Start walking. Look at all the crows ( I don’t know what’s keeping them around here. Maybe they are shooting a remake of the Birds in Ann Arbor. Movies being in shot in A2 are popular these days. There’s some good news! They probably answered a casting “caw-l” for extras. Okay, sorry, sorry…) Give yourself a destination. A warm coffee shop just down the street is fine. Walk there and get a coffee. Walk back. Hey, you just got out and exercised! When was the last time that happened? If the sun was out, all the better. Turn your face up, close your eyes and smile into the bright blue yonder. Savor that moment, get a little natural Vitamin D. Should we try it once in the morning and once in the afternoon? I hear whining. But Susan you say, agents get exercise showing houses, going on inspections, checking drain fields and tromping around mucky vacant land in the middle of a rainstorm. We go up and down hundreds of stairs, pointing out the wonderful crown molding, the fine carpet, the bathroom decor. We go out into the backyard to prattle on about the rose bushes. We shlep, we shuffle, we schmooze. Well, Good News! I would absolutely count that. Are you exhausted yet feel pretty good after that sort of day? It’s not from pushing the pencil, or filing the folders or checking your e-mail. You got exercise!
And you thought this was going to be all preachy about getting out and moving your body. You thought I would talk about taking classes at the new and fabulous YMCA or playing tennis at Varsity Tennis Club or playing soccer at Wide World. Did you think I would mention skating at Veteran’s Park or the Cube or Yost? Or that I might say great things about Gallup Park being so darn pretty this time of year or that perhaps jogging on the indoor track with the beautiful views at the Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center sounds really fun? If you thought that, you have no idea who you are dealing with…
Number Ten: Give it Away, Give it Away, Give it Away
Have a great day!