Like Laura over at 11D, I’ve been thinking about food and health and exercise more since I now have the time to do so. I’ve slowed down on cooking randomly through my cookbook, but that’s due in part to the fact that Geeky Boy has decided to become a vegetarian. This is killing Mr. Geeky, but the rest of us don’t really mind going without meat. I did a little clothes shopping this weekend and found it to be a depressing experience. I haven’t really changed much size wise and my size, by all standards, is a size most people would kill to be in, but I have gained weight in the last five years or so and that weight is settling in places that make me feel, well, fat. At the very least, it’s making it hard to find clothes that fit well. Winter was easier. Everything is bulky and pants cover up any unpleasantness in the hips and thighs. But shorts and t-shirt weather is coming and there are bulges that I just can’t live with anymore. Mr. Geeky thinks I’m crazy, and maybe I am. And this will be the millionth time I’ve declared I’m doing something about this, but really, I mean it.
Although I walk the dog every day for 1/2 hour to an hour, I feel like I need to do more than that. I’m not going to run because my knees are bad, and I’m don’t feel like going to the gym. It just doesn’t appeal. I’ve tried it. So, I’m going to try going back to the Wii Fit in addition to walking and perhaps upgrading to EA Active. And I’d like to do that for at least a 1/2 hour every day. Bolstering my new-found desire to increase my physical activity is this New York Times article about some of the latest scientific research about exercise. The bad news: it’s true that women have a harder time losing weight and exercise can make you want to eat more. The good news: we may not need to exercise as vigorously or for as long as originally thought:
Streaming through much of the science and advice about exercise and weight loss is a certain Puritan streak, a sense that exercise, to be effective in keeping you slim, must be of almost medicinal dosage — an hour a day, every day; plenty of brisk walking; frequent long runs on the treadmill. But the very latest science about exercise and weight loss has a gentler tone and a more achievable goal. “Emerging evidence suggests that unlike bouts of moderate-vigorous activity, low-intensity ambulation, standing, etc., may contribute to daily energy expenditure without triggering the caloric compensation effect,” Braun wrote in the American College of Sports Medicine newsletter.
Ideally, what I’d like to see happen is for exercise to fit into my day as seamlessly as writing does. Like the writing habit, it may take me a while to establish it as a habit.