Good Stress Tastes Great
Super-sous, Latte and I have been working out like maniacs the past few weeks. Scratch that. We’ve been working out like Olympic athletes (so we like to think.) That said, someone did tell us today that we were insane for doing our regular hour stair workout 6 days a week followed by an hour at the gym for weight lifting and an occasional evening hike. Okay, I’m getting tired just writing about it. In fact, I’m also getting hungry. Enter today’s lunch which took (bonus!) only 5 minutes to prepare:
Back on topic…. by embracing a lifestyle of exercise, we benefit from the fruits of our labor:
- losing weight
- gaining muscle
- increasing our stamina
- eating food as a means for energy rather than habitually – we focus on eating when we’re hungry instead of as a habit (e.g. the ole “it’s dinner time, what should we eat” routine even if you’re not hungry)
- better sleep (aka passing out when the clock hits 11pm and not moving until the alarm at 7am)
I’m sure, at some point, we’ll perhaps tire of the stairs and try a new physical challenge, but for now, the great thing about walking stairs is that they are free and available to anyone.
In the end, it doesn’t really make a difference whether you walk, dance, do the stairs or swim. By exercising a little bit every day, by physically stressing your muscles, you actually get stronger-which is an amazing thing! Conversely, when we don’t move, we get weaker. The point is that the human body was made to move.
Even if you don’t have the time for an insane 2 hour workout, there are so many little things that we can all do that add up. Like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking further from the grocery store doors than we usually do, walking with your family or dog a block or two after dinner.
It doesn’t take much, but it makes a big difference – physically and mentally.