Will You be Fit in a
One of my favorite writers, Theodore Geisel (a.k.a. Theo Le
Sieg and Dr. Seuss) once wrote:
"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it
Let's take that thought into 2009. Let's unleash a
collective grin because we're all still here. And we've
all been given another chance to get it right.
Speaking of getting it right, if improving your health is on
your to-do list this year, we can help. Stay tuned for
our weekly suggestions to help you along the way. We're
calling it Fit in a Year. And it won't be an exercise of
the week. We want to help everyone thrive on all levels
--- physical, emotional, intellectual --- because we believe
they are inseparable --- and essential.
So, the first thing we'll need is a benchmark. A place to
start. This week will be a physical assessment.
Choose one of these measurements: if you have a set of
stairs handy, see how many times you can run up and down a
flight of them in one minute. If you haven't any stairs,
try this: Jump rope or do Jumping Jacks for 60 seconds.
If your knees hurt, do the Jacks where you only step out on one
side and then the other --- no jumping. Count the
jumps/minute. Notice your heart rate. You should
feel a bit warm and out of breath. This exercise measures your
aerobic capacity: your ability to convert stored fuel to
energy-on-demand and the strength of your heart muscle.
The higher your aerobic ability and the stronger your heart
muscle, the more efficiently your body will work.
The number you get now is for your record. No analyzing
it. What we'll look for is improvement 6 weeks from now
--- around Valentines Day.
After you take this measurement, go outside for a walk.
Even if it's cold. Bundle up. Just get outside and
DO IT, to steal a wonderfully succinct message. Get out
of your house or apartment. Feed your eyes, your nose and
your heart. Think about how you feel physically and
mentally as you walk. Walk as long as you
When you return, note any changes. Did your heartrate
increase? Are you seeing your home a bit
differently? Are you more relaxed? It's important
that you connect this movement to the way you feel
I'm betting you'll feel better. And that's the goal this
year. To feel better.
And smile because it