Ah exercise, the “dirty word” of New Year’s “resolutions” and goals. I can hear you now, “But Professor Z, I thought that Bat Fit is about total health and not just physical health”; “I hate exercise”; “I don’t believe in exercise.”
First and foremost, exercise comes in many forms and it certainly isn’t a dirty word. There are so many other ways to move your body than sweating it out in a gym that you’re bound to find something that appeals to you. Secondly, your body is a machine that is made to move regardless of whether you “believe” in exercise or not. As such, it only functions at its peak — physically, mentally, and emotionally — if you move it. Both, traditional science and alternative medicine, agree that moving your body maintains a healthy metabolism, keeps all your parts oiled and functioning at their optimum, reduces stress, and has a positive influence on mental and emotional health.
Moving your body does not necessarily mean “hitting the gym” if that’s not your thing. It means engaging it in an activity that raises your heart rate, works your muscles, and gets you off the couch or chair for 30 minutes every day. Yup, you read that correctly: EVERY DAY. Moving your body does not require you to purchase an expensive gym membership or buy fancy clothing. It simply requires you to move in ways that strengthens your heart, muscles, and core. It can be walking or biking to and from work, hiking in the woods, skipping rope, doing yoga, or — my personal favorite — DANCING IN YOUR LIVING ROOM! Nothing like a morning or evening Dance Party to get you into shape and into an awesome mood! And no, my pale Gothic friends, I seriously don’t want to hear about the “hot, stingy, awful thing in the sky (the sun).” Unless you have a serious condition or are on medication that prevents you from being in direct sunlight, the sun is just that — the sun. Wear some sunscreen, UV protective clothing, sunglasses, and a hat and get your butts out there to walk, ride a bike, etc. And no, your aren’t going to go up in a dramatic flame or a burst of sparkles … shudder You’re just going sweat. That’s all.
BAT FIT CHALLENGE #2: MOVE YOUR BODY
Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to move your body for 30 minutes everyday. Take those long hikes, play in the snow, climb the stairs at work, have a dance party in your living room … but MOVE for 30 minutes every day. You’ll be amazed at how little exercise it takes to get your body, mind, and soul feeling awesome.
Since we just moved down to Texas and I’m still unfamiliar with what kind of gym and pool access professors have at Texas A&M, I’m dancing in my living room for 30 minutes everyday. I’m also including weight training and calisthenics to help me strengthen my core and muscles for when I am able to get back into the pool. My year’s goal is to join a Masters Swim team here in Bryan, TX. It’ll be nice to swim with a team again.
What are your exercise goals? How will you move your body?