Altonio Seahorn II, owner, Complete Victory Fitness & Health
Exercise? Where do I begin? Well that’s the exact same question I asked myself when I was tasked to write this blog. Where do I begin? Like Nike says, “just do it!” So, what I’m telling you is to just do something today. Have a sense of urgency! Start with what you know…. Walking!! Real simple, it’s something that we do everyday. We walk to our cars to go to work and walk to our cars to drive home. Walking is an exercise we take for granted. We don’t really consider it exercise, because we do it without thinking and our bodies have become conditioned to performing the daily routine of walking to and from our cars.
However, there is a way to make walking more challenging—-I want to challenge you to park your car in a different location than normal. When I say different—-park your car further away. Whether, park across the street or park on a higher level in the parking structure or park in the furthest corners of the parking lot—-anywhere, but where you normally park. Now, you have just turned walking into an exercise! You have just asked your body to do something a little different than it is used to doing!
If you do not drive, then join a walking club or ‘start’ a walking club! There is usually a lot of walking “Gurus” at your local mall and perhaps at your job. You may find walking clubs at the mall, in the early mornings, walking around. You can also find them on your job and if you can’t, then grab a friend or two, and start your own club.
Walking can be done during your lunch break. Starting out, you may not be able to keep up with more seasoned individuals at the mall or on your job, but do not let this distract you. Your goal is to just start (“just do it!”). The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has a 4-letter acronym they teach you while obtaining certification. We use it to aide clients when helping them to set goals, it is called S. M.A.R.T.
Goals should be “Simple, Manageable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely”. Walking is Simple, Manageable, and Attainable. Pick a day or two and choose a convenient time. Start with say 15 to 20-minutes each session and do this for one calendar month. This plan is “Realistic and Timely”. Next blog, we will talk about stepping it up and making walking a bit more challenging, but for right now, remember, “just do it!” and start today!