What better way to follow up our January food issue than with a fitness issue? We’ve indulged, enjoyed Restaurant Week, now it’s time to get moving.
Many of us have sedentary jobs. We sit at a desk for almost eight hours a day, only leaving that post for the occasional bathroom break or quick lunch. For most, this is not something that can be changed or improved. So, it’s what we do outside of the workday that counts. Are you a go home and Netflix person? Or are you a ride the levee bike path person? Don’t worry, there are plenty of places to identify between those two. The key is to get in where you fit in.
I am certainly no expert on the subject of fitness. For me, it has always been a struggle. I’ve been overweight my entire life. So I’ve always lived somewhere on the spectrum between “I can do elliptical for 30 minutes” and “I need to rest after blow drying my hair.” When I was a kid, it was easier. I was outside playing at the park, chasing the dog, taking gymnastics with BREC, riding my bike around the neighborhood. But as I got older, time for those things slipped away—replaced by work, responsibilities, a social life, and just enjoying some down time. Maybe the answer is simply less work and more play.
As long as I can remember, there’s always been a battle between staying healthy and facing dooming genetics, bad habits, and emotional eating. Hey, don’t judge. Little Debbie Zebra Cakes are life. But the point is that I’m still fighting that battle. I haven’t given up, and neither should you. We are worth the time and effort it takes to get fit.
In this issue, you’ll find fun and exciting ways to get moving. If part of your problem is that you get bored easily, these options may be what you need to stay motivated. Working out doesn’t have to be lifting weights or hitting the treadmill—though there’s absolutely nothing wrong with doing that. You can swing on a pole, climb a wall, hang from the ceiling, learn self defense… the possibilities are endless. If it’s something you love, you are certainly more likely to stick with it.
With Mardi Gras approaching, we’re bound to be out and about more. Just the walk from your car to the parade route can double your usual daily step count. There will be hours of standing, walking, and depending on the number of drinks you have, a bit of crawling, tripping, and falling. When the parades and partying are done, don’t stop moving. Go outside. Take the dog for a walk. Enjoy the mild weather we have now before summer temps get here and we’re clinging to A/C like it’s the only thing that matters.
As for me, I’ll be stepping out of my comfort zone. I plan on taking a few classes to see what motivates me. I’ll hold myself accountable and make new efforts to increase my physical activity. After all, I’ve got a toddler to chase and St. Patrick’s Day festivities to prepare for. There’s never a dull moment in southern Louisiana, and I want to be able to keep up. I hope you can come along!
DIG Baton Rouge