Exercise DAILY? Really?
For me, food is the most interesting AND most difficult part of this Lo-Co quest. I enjoy cooking, so searching my cookbooks (and buying new ones!) for recipes to jump-start this Lo-Co journey has been fun. That said, I am starting to enjoy it less, as the pressure mounts to PLAN and then actually MAKE a healthy dinner every day…or at least most days. Or, more accurately right now, some of the time.
But there’s more to the Lo-C0 equation than just diet.
There is also exercise. Now here’s the thing – I’m in decent shape. Sure, there’s always that 5 lbs that’d be great to lose. But I do exercise – we have an elliptical in the house, and I go to a spin class occasionally and sometimes even run. (Like 2 miles, max.) And those gym-rat activities are OK, but the only exercise I think is FUN is tennis. That said, I’m pretty ‘active’ as the parlance goes.
But when I started looking into the key things to do to lower cholesterol, exercising daily is listed. Here’s what the Mayo Clinic site (the link is listed in my Resources page) said:
Regular exercise can help improve your cholesterol levels. With your doctor’s OK, work up to 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day. Take a brisk daily walk. Ride your bike. Swim laps … And, you don’t need to get all 30 to 60 minutes in one exercise session. If you can squeeze in three to six 10-minute intervals of exercise, you’ll still get some cholesterol-lowering benefits.”
DAILY? REALLY? Is that absolutely necessary? Because who can do that? Who has that kind of time and commitment. Oh, right, someone who doesn’t eat ice cream daily.
OK, if I have to exercise daily (and I need to ask my doctor if the daily part is critical), my pick would be to play tennis. That I could happily do every day. Though frankly, even if playing tennis daily helped my cholesterol, it’d wreak havoc on my body parts – I already snapped an elbow tendon and have bursitis in my heel. Sigh.
I guess I could try to exercise every day that I don’t play tennis. I mean, the elliptical is literally 3 steps from my side of the bed. I get that makes me very lucky. And really, how hard could it be? I should start tomorrow.
Luckily, I have a tennis clinic tomorrow morning.