A patient of mine, nearing the end of her treatment and rehabilitation phase, asked what was the quickest and easiest way to get fit. I suggested running. Personally I find it time and cost effective. No expensive gym membership, pricey equipment or time wasted getting there - I can dash home, sling on my trainers (it's worth investing in a decent pair) and can complete a 5 mile run, do some toning exercises, stretch out, shower and change inside an hour. Ok, so I've been doing it for a bit - but an article I read the other day in Runner's World magazine (June 2012 edition) sang the praises of squeezing in even 15 minutes of exercise every other day.
The article highlighted how just 15 minutes of exercise can be beneficial:
Here are a few easy ways to get started, even if you've never run before:
Obviously, running isn't for everyone, and sometimes our bodies limit what we can do. However, you can easily substitute intervals of fast walking/steady walking for the run/walk intervals, and will still see great results. Take it gently to start with, don't get too puffed out (you should still be able to talk!) and listen to any niggles that your body might have. If in doubt - just ask! I'm only a phone-call away...
I find it much harder to motivate myself to go out for a run on these cold, dark windy evenings, but I know that I always feel better for it once I have dragged myself off the sofa! I find that the worst bit is getting out of the front door, but I tell myself that I'll only go out for five minutes and invariably stay out longer.
I did just that this evening having slobbed out for too long and eaten too many crumpets. It was really chilly out, but I wrapped up warm, donned my highly attractive, but highly visible reflective jacket and head-torch, and headed off around the village. I felt a bit like an oversized glow-worm as I was trying out my new flashing 'tail' light (if only it was green...!) – but at least it made me a bit more noticeable.
Heading out in the evenings is great; with less to see you really focus on your other senses – the bark of a fox in the distance, or a robin chirruping in the trees, confused by the artificial light of the streetlamps. I love catching a glimpse into other people's lives through their un-drawn curtains and really notice the smell of the autumn leaves mingled with the acrid scent of a coal fire that hangs in the damp, cold air.
As always, it was definitely worth heading out into the cold. My cheeks were pink and glowy and I felt refreshed and invigorated - and more worthy of a lazy, relaxing evening. After all, I'd earned it!
Eich Ceiropractydd yng Nghlinig Ceiropracteg Llangefnii