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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Just saw beautiful, petite, very hard working Natalie Morales on a PSA on TV, reminding us that two and a half hours of exercise a week will make us healthier. Two and a half hours. That sounds like a lot of time!
So, I decided to break that down. It's 150 minutes. Whew! That sounds like less time. Still, how will I fit that into my routine?
If I walk 7 days a week, that's 150 divided by 7 equaling just over 21 minutes a day.
If I walk for only 5 days a week, the time jumps up to 30 minutes for each walking session.
The average between those two numbers is just over 25 minutes.
Now, being realistic about time, I need some 'lead' time - dress, put on shoes, etc. Add 10 minutes, tops.
I need cool down/clean up time - longer in the summer for me. Add 30 minutes. I keep my hair and make up simple (wash and wear hair do and minimal make up), so if I have my work clothing laid out, I can be out the door to work or whatever about 30 minutes after I return from a walk.
That means that on the long side, it will take me about 60 minutes to get in a 25 minute walk. Following me here?
I sweat like crazy from my head so my hair is literally dripping wet when I return from a walk, no matter how brief, if it's hot or humid at all. Winter or Summer walks at the mall (or anywhere indoors) knocks off quite a bit of the time for me. I don't require a shower immediately after my walk and can head straight onto work in the clothing I'm wearing. I might change shoes, but that's just a minute or two.
So, am I worth an hour a day? Is my health and well being - and I mean mentally and emotionally too - worth an hour a day? That's FIVE TO SEVEN hours a week. Yeah, I'm worth it! My husband and kids think so too. And, boy, my dog REALLY thinks so!
Remember my 100% GUARANTEE. Should you decide to stop walking and resume your old habits, I personally guarantee that you'll get back 100% of your former life - your pain, your lifestyle, your attitude. You can trust the information you find here. It's from a dedicated walker. Trust me and your life will get better! I promise.