Meadville Tribune

Our Generation

August 11, 2009

OUR HEALTH(Local): Small Moves Get Results

Stop thinking big, and start thinking small. As summer closes to an end, it is time to think about how you will continue your exercise routine through the fall and winter. It is never too late to start a new activity and it is always a good idea to find new ways to use your body so you don t get bored with your routine.



I recently realized this when I had an errand to run. I needed to drop something off at a friend s house and I thought: I really don t need to take the car, I should ride my bike. The funny thing is I am conditioned to think that a bike ride needs to be twenty-five or more miles to be worthy of jumping onto the seat.



When I hopped on my bike and sped over to my friend s house (only about a mile and a half away) I realized how much fun it is to just ride a bike for leisure. I felt like a kid. Just riding fast, with a purpose: to get to my friend s house. Yet at the same time, I also realized how even a short jaunt is a great sprint workout. I rode there and back as fast as I could because I had to get back to work, so my body had a good workout, even though it was just minutes.



The lesson learned here is that small moves can lead to results when it comes to both fitness and weight loss; and they are worth it if you are strapped for time. Busy people simply don t always have time to spend an hour or two in a gym or on a thirty-mile bike ride. Fitting in what you can through the week will still help you get results.

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