Lean but not Mean
The Bookworm recently wrote a post: Mean, but not Lean~!
(Ah, another chiasmus!)
I think this is a good idea.
I'm trying out exercise videos and DVDs that I can fit into my normal day. My main criteria for choosing is cost. Given that I have no idea what sort of exercise routine I would like, having not done this before, I'm trying to pick up a selection of cheap used or discounted tapes and DVDs to try out. Hence the "mean, but not lean" title of this post (the "not lean" part speaks for itself!).
My daughter wrote about exercising
"A man ought to take exercise not because he is too fat, but because he loves foils or horses or high mountains, and loves them for their own sake."SO -- so far
Wise advice from G.K. Chesterton! Why must people always go on special exercise plans? Why all the stress and concern about not having worked out enough that day? Why the sighs because one is bored with what they're doing, or because one simply doesn't want to work out one day?
Why not simply do something you love, and let the results come as a side effect?
- Fit exercise into your normal day.
- Do something active that you love to do, and let fitness come as a side effect.
Any more tips? I think that while "in the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love" -- for over-40 moms like me, spring brings thoughts of trying to get a bit more fitness into one's life. ... or to get oneself to fit into one's clothes from last spring. Hmm, can't seem to manage a chiasmus of my own yet. Maybe I need to stretch a bit more.
Oh, one more thing!
some studies have shown that several short (10 minute) workouts per day provide many of the benefits of one longer (30 minute) workout. So for those who don't "have time" or like me get bored or lose focus during long workouts, some of these ideas may be helpful.