Confession: until yesterday, I had not exercised ALL YEAR, with the exception of completing a ten-minute SparkPeople video on January 3. I have been sick with some kind of cold/sinus junk that drained me of energy, and I am still not fully well, although I probably used that as an excuse more than I should have. I managed to do 15 minutes of cardio yesterday and 30 this morning before feeling a little dizzy, and I am hoping that tomorrow I can do even more.
Unfortunately, all of this means that my running has been nonexistent, which means that I haven’t begun any 10k training. The last time I ran was New Year’s Eve morning! I have only used my new running shoes 3 times, and I am anxious to use them some more because they honestly didn’t feel that great when I used them initially. I am hoping my feet just need to get used to them.
The good news is I have still managed to lose weight despite having not exercised. I have been keeping close track of my calories, and today I weighed in at 178.6, which makes almost 83 pounds gone! Woohoo! Maybe I’ll just stop exercising for good! After all, I am doing fine without it, right? 😉
Okay, okay, so no exercise is not a good thing. Sure, I still have lost weight, but that does not change the fact that exercise benefits the body in a number of ways that go beyond a mere calorie burn. Let me name some of them:
1. Increased energy.
2. Increased self-confidence.
3. Improved physical endurance.
4. Improved cardiovascular health.
5. Lower cholesterol levels.
6. Lower risks for numerous health conditions.
Basically, I’d be crazy NOT to exercise!
What do you like about exercise? (Or what do you hate?) And if you haven’t already, make sure you enter the giveaway in Monday’s post!