It's March. How are those New Year's resolutions coming along?
Are you sticking to that commitment to get healthy and lose some weight? Have you made good on the promise to yourself and your loved ones to eat right and exercise regularly?
Fortunately, I can say I am surrounded by people who are sticking to theirs.
Everywhere I look there are folks who are doing very well with their 2012 fitness goals and are excited to be seeing changes for the better. The Tribune Chronicle's Fitness Challenge is definitely motivating lots of Trumbull County residents to do just that.
I can say that I am very proud of the team partly comprised of three of my co-workers at the Warren Mocha House. They started out with a ranking of No. 32 and have gradually lost enough weight to move up to, get this, No. 7 this week. You go, guys. Congrats to Bill, Nick and Earl.
With their inspiration, three weeks ago I began a fitness challenge of my own and am proud to say it is going rather well. I was very fit when enlisted in the Navy, lifting weights and cross-country running.
Unfortunately, those habits have somewhat waned over the last 20 years. Thanks to my best friend's lending of her treadmill to me a while ago, I have renewed my love of exercise and now look forward to hopping on it to walk several miles a day (OK, almost every day). So far, I've lost six pounds, am sleeping better and feel much more energetic.
Do you need more inspiration to get off your rear and get moving? Here are a few more reasons to get some exercise.
The Web site www.mayoclinic.com states that regular physical activity has many benefits. Its list of seven great reasons for regular exercise include weight control, combating health conditions and diseases, mood improvement, an increase in energy, better sleep, a boost in the sex drive and lastly, that exercise can actually be a fun way to spend your time.
To further elaborate on the decrease in health conditions and diseases factor, regular exercise is proven to decrease or even eliminate the risks of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression and much more. It also alleviates arthritis and joint pain and just makes you look better, thus feeling better about yourself.
Some may think that it costs too much to begin a routine of healthy physical activity. Not so. The easiest, lowest impact and least expensive form of exercise is walking.
Experts recommend at least 150 minutes each week of moderately intense physical activity. If the use of an indoor treadmill during the cold months isn't possible, take heart. Spring is on the way and will bring with it sunshine and warmer temperatures.
There's nothing like tying on your sneakers and heading outdoors for a brisk walk around the neighborhood to inhale the fresh air of springtime. Before we know it, daffodils will start poking their bright and fragrant heads out of the chilly ground signaling for Old Man Winter to be on his way.
Walking also is a great social activity. Call up your friends or neighbors and agree to meet somewhere three times a week to walk and catch up on the latest news, then go and enjoy a healthy snack afterward. Trust me, you'll look and feel better and might even add a few more years to your life.
Weatherman is a Trumbull County resident. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.