|Spring is in the air!|
(Rather proud of that pic I have to say!)
Spring is in the air! The snow is melting, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping... even hormones are heating up: the last time I went to the library (of all places!!!) I was approached by a man my age who proceeded to flirt with me very conspicuously. That is a more reliable sign of an imminent spring than any groundhog, I'll tell you!
Why not use this promising atmosphere to hop on the health and fitness bandwagon?
Nobody should try and tackle everything at the same time, so here are a few options:
Eat less. We all want to believe there is some sort of magical formula, but the problem with magical formulas is that they are complicated. Stop counting calories or points or grams of nutrients and just cut your normal portions in half. Seriously. Try it. I'll be damned if you don't lose weight!
The only exception is fruit and vegetables, because studies show that simply increasing the amount of produce we consume, even if we change nothing else, will do wonders for our health. As read somewhere on the Web this week: include 2 cups of fruit and vegetables with every meal, every day, and tell me how you feel in 2 weeks!
According to recent studies for which I am too lazy to find a link (just Google it), sitting for many hours a day is extremely bad for your health, and that, even if you do exercise at some point during the day. But how to sit less? Especially if you have a sedentary job? Well, you could make sure you don't sit when you're not working! Yes, I know, that might mean less screen time (unless you are willing to watch TV in a standing position). But is that really a bad thing?
|Some things are way more interesting to look at than a screen!|
Most of us despise certain forms of exercise. I certainly wouldn't recommend you practice a physical activity you highly dislike! By trying different things, I promise you will end up loving something. The ideal is to mix a little bit of cardio, strength training and flexibility training to ensure a variety of health benefits, but there are different ways to reach that goal.
In my case, and even if I do practice other types of activities, running is the panacea. Since I've started running I have felt the same kind of effect I imagine I would get if I took anxiolytics, antidepressants and the women's version of Viagra! All that without the side effects, and with the addition of heightened levels of energy and confidence. Ain't it wonderful? If I could put running in a bottle and sell it, believe me, I would!
After running, this morning, I still had some fuel left (or maybe I was just on my runner's high), so I put the whole family in the car and off we drove to a hiking trail. Apart from the fact that said trail was still mostly a sheet of ice, it was a very pleasant walking (skating?) experience, listening to the birds chirping and the water cascading, and smelling the smells of an impending spring!
|Keeping a Vizsla still long enough for a photo? Good luck!|
Now for you beloved readers, here are two songs about the Spring by two beloved French (well partly Greek and mostly Belgian) singers! One of the songs has pictures, the other has subtitles, so that you can follow the lyrics. :-)