October 1, 2012
On Yer Bike
A while back, I mentioned that I was sick of sitting around and aching (literally) to exercise. Over the past few months I've actually done something about it. Which is surprising because it gets in the way of my precious sitting around time. But, the results are in and I feel better. Go figure.
1. I stopped drinking during the week. Yeah. Me. Look, I don't like it either but I have to admit that I feel a lot better. It's not like I was getting loaded every night but even cutting out the beer or three each evening helped. Those empty calories are gone and I feel great in the morning.
2. I started paying a little more attention to my diet. I've been a vegetarian for 12 years but that doesn't automatically translate into good health (after all, Twinkies are totally vegetarian). First I started tracking calories but that got ridiculous and more than a little annoying. I started cutting out all my main sources of sugar, reduced my snacking and started loading up on water.
3. I got a bike. I loved biking when I was a kid. I was pretty serious about it up until the time I got my license. But a few months back I found the bike I wanted, put it together, and started hitting the road.
4. I gave exercise a shot. Instead of letting my bike sit in the garage where it stayed nice and shiny, I began taking it out on the road. Now, I hop on the treadmill and run a few miles and few times a week and, each weekend, jump on the bike and but a dozen or so miles on it.
This is all about feeling better for me. I'm not overweight and weight loss wasn't my goal. Which is good because I weigh exactly the same as I have for the last several years. But I feel good, not so bleh, if you catch my drift.
What do you do to feel better? Any tips or tricks that I could steal?Posted by Chris at October 1, 2012 7:34 AM