exercise: it only takes a minute

So many people these days, men & women alike, seem to think that exercise has to take place in a gym, and the fact is, they could not be more wrong.  It has been my challenge, and my adventure, as well, that an exercise routine is only as limited as you are, in your thinking. If you can think it, you can do it, and you can do it just about anywhere, as well. When I first started on my exercise challenge (and subsequent adventure), I was over 300 lbs and a type 2 diabetic as well. I was on insulin, and I had discovered that insulin may lower blood sugar, yes, but it also held onto body fat. I knew the best thing for me was to simply lose a few pounds(at least 10 percent of my body weight), in order for me to be able to get off of insulin. I researched popular diets, and finally settled on the Raw Diet, which was a stretch for me, but I did it. I also exercised. I started on the elliptical machine. In the beginning, I was unable to stay on the elliptical for any more than 5 minutes; however, I adapted, and I kept on with it, and I worked myself up to staying on the elliptical for 2 hours at a time. Of course, I had to listen to some pretty hard-core music, as I needed to stay distracted(the elliptical can be a little monotonous). The thing is, I did it,  and I would also walk every day, for about an hour every time. I was determined, and I was driven, by the fact that I needed to get the weight off,  and I did reach that goal. It started with a couple of pounds. Then there was a couple more pounds, and so on, and so on. I was able to get off of insulin altogether, and my sugar medications were all reduced to half. One of the things I did was to find a straight back chair, and I could hold the back of the chair, and do squats. I would do as many squats as possible(until my legs began to burn). A friend of mine told me about front planks, and showed me how to do those, right in my living room floor. Front planks are great, and help to work the core of the body. I started out doing front planks for 30 seconds, and ultimately worked my way up to 90 seconds. It was a challenge, but I was able to do it at home, in my living room. I would walk outside for 30-45 minutes every day, but there were days when the weather wasn’t cooperating, so I would walk inside my home. I walked in place. I know, it’s not very glamorous, and its not  the most exciting thing, either. However, it can be done. I bought myself a punching bag, and I began boxing. I would spend 15-20 minutes pounding the punching bag, and kickboxing as well. It’s really not so hard to exercise indoors. If you have a pretty solid chair, you can stand behind the chair, and do squats. You can cross your arms, and sit in the chair, and stand right back up again. thats’ a good standing exercise. You can walk in place. You can also do some weight-training, starting with 5lb. weight is always a good idea. You can do bicep curls on one arm, and then the other. It is also possible to do deep-knee bends, if your balance is pretty good. I myself can do deep-knee bends, but I do need to stand at the back of a chair, and use the chair for some support. There are also ‘wall pushups’ that can be done inside as well. Its’ important that you stay busy for at least 20 minutes at a time. twenty minutes is a great workout. I usually workout for about 20 minutes, then I go for a quick walk. It always helps to break up the monotony. Doctors today suggest that, if you’re having a pretty sedentary day, you might want to  think about moving for 5 minutes, for every hour that you’re being still. In other words, move for 5 minutes, every hour that you’re just hanging out, not doing anything strenuous. It’s a great habit to get into, and you’ll be surprised at all the things you can cram into 5 little minutes.