My name is Kathi and I am a recovering exercise addict. My addiction began innocently enough as I joined in on the local aerobics class. Yes, it was the 80s and yes, there was lotsa spandex. I soon graduated with a degree in kinesiology, worked at the local YM-YWCA, taught fitness classes, and trained personal trainers. I drank the cardio cool-aid and preached the words of Kenneth Cooper (the guy that invented aerobics). Fast forward 25 years and I still get on the spin bike, work my way through my resistance training routine, and placate the idea of stretching…and hate every fucking minute of it.
All that education and experience and I would rather get a root canal than go to a gym. In fact, today is my first day of liberation from cardio exercise. I’m calling it my cardio-cleanse. During the month of October I will happily walk my dog in the woods and spend 20 minutes a day introducing myself to the idea of yoga (thanks to the technological advances of YouTube). The good news is all the research examining the health benefits of my new active living plan suggest I am finally on to something (albeit it took me 25 years to get here).
If you are someone who values spending time with family instead of sacrificing it to the stair master, research shows that social connection has health affirming benefits (as does exercise). In fact, a new study showed that the feeling of isolation is a negative for your health as smoking 16 cigarettes a day! In addition, last week the University of British Columbia published a study demonstrating the brain’s penchant for sedentary living (versus exercise). Brain science has suggested that we are wired to stay still (and that Netflix is part of a healthy way of life….kidding….but it makes me feel better to say that out loud).
If you find yourself “should’ing” all over yourself with thoughts like, “I should workout”, “I should like yoga”, or “I should join a gym”, consider this:
- Gyms have been shown to be bad for our mental health (too many studies to reference here…but trust me).
- Research suggests that walking 10 minutes, 3 times a day will give you the best bang for your health buck (mentally and physically).
- Our brains work against us when we are trying to “just do it”.
- Socializing with friends and family (maybe even going for a walk together) will not only have life affirming, but health affirming results.
- Fuck ’em if they can’t take a joke.
On another note, just finished Ozark S2 and its fabulous!