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Why I Stay Healthy Throughout The Year

For months in the year, I stay physically fit through daily activities and exercise. As I work on this, I’ve begun to realize that it’s less than just about staying fit, and more about learning the value of being in better physical shape.

While staying fit through exercise can bring about dramatic results, I do so much less than what I used to do when I started the first year on this blog, in 2008. That year’s exercise regimen included regular trips out to the beach and running around the park. Over the past six years, I’ve made it a point of not attending such activities. In fact, in those first few years I wasn’t even sure what they even were. Now, I don’t think about it for a second, even if I happen to be heading to the beach.

I don’t think for a second about exercising in a physical sense any more. I don’t know what it’s like, though. It’s all in the mind. So I don’t make excuses. My mind simply sees exercise as something I enjoy doing, while I recognize a mental toll that comes with working out at such an intensity.

There are only a few things I’m actually concerned about when I go for walks outdoors:

* Physical discomfort. Walking is a slow-paced activity that takes a significant amount of energy. The longer it’s been since I’ve exercised, the harder the workout has become, and the more often I find myself breathing heavily. The most noticeable effect this has caused me has been my eyes, which haven’t been the same since I first began working out regularly. I see more clearly now, but that’s actually not a bad thing. You can’t see as clearly as you might be accustomed, but you do see more than if not doing so. I see things much more clearly without the exercise, in addition to seeing better.

* Not enough water. You really don’t need to water if you’re walking outdoors regularly. I drink half a gallon every day, usually in the evening at least, although I don’t remember how often. It’s not an issue, and I drink it every time I do either of the two above mentioned exercises. Just don’t drink more than half of a gallon. Water also contains electrolytes, which can contribute to headaches, insomnia, constipation, nausea (for me) and diarrhea (for some).

* Getting tired while walking. Sometimes I really want to stand up and walk around for a while, but I just don’t feel like it. My legs just feel tired from the exertion, even without using them to push myself off of the ground. It’s not the healthiest way to go on an active day.

For those reasons, walking outdoors is not the healthiest way of doing anything, whether it’s exercise or otherwise. It gives you sore muscles, fatigue, headaches, and can even bring on diarrhea. If you really want to walk, find a local park or a beach. Find a place that is as natural and relaxing as you like. A good reason to go to the beach is getting a tan, although that’s not a good enough reason just yet. It just comes down to personal preference.

If you want a quick workout while on the go this year while in the city or in the surrounding suburbs, my new favorite activity is running. I haven’t even begun to race yet, but I’m already impressed with the results I have. There are a few basic rules of mine that I try to follow if I’m racing for the sake of racing:  

* Do it easy enough that your legs actually want to do it. You’ll see what I mean.

* Do it on tracks and trails.

* Don’t just jog for miles, get going and take a few breathers between runs.

* If you’re going slower than 8:00 a mile, run at a walking pace. Don’t try to push your pace. You’ll burn more calories if you’re breathing naturally.