Each Monday, I write a Motivation Monday post, which is to help motivate me and you in terms of physical well-being, both diet and exercise. For 2011, I also am including a “no” and a “yes” to help motivate us toward being physically healthy.
No more knee excuses
This morning as I was returning from taking my wife to work, I heard the following report on NPR that running won’t kill your knees. I won’t repeat (plagiarize) what was said there, but only will say that this is just what I needed to hear — and I think what many of you over 40 need to hear too. In the back of my mind, I’ve always used this as an excuse why I’m not running as much as I once was (from next to nil to nil). This report helps to blow that excuse out of the water, with the only caveat that I probably should start by walking. However, that’s not news to me for when I lost weight previously through diet and exercise, I didn’t do it by immediately running laps at the nearest high school track. I started first by walking. So to that end…
Yes to walking first
I’m going to commit to walking at least three times this week for half an hour each time. After all, you’ve heard it said many times many ways (Merry Christmas to you?! no, no, no, not that) you have to walk before you run and so that’s what I am going to do. I am making no commitments to any races later in the summer. I’m nowhere near ready for any of that, especially considering I’m at least 60 pounds (if not more, thanks for reminding me) overweight. However, I am ready to start by walking. Who’s with me?