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Take a moment to imagine what it would be like to…
  1. Have more energy to do all the things you’ve always wanted to do
  2. Be more effective and find exciting stress-free, painless, and creative new ways to do His work
  3. Be a life-saving example in your church and community

Pillar 4: Exercise
 
Want to know how to succeed at exercising?
It’s simple!
In just one day, learn SIX new things that will
keep you from becoming an exercise dropout.
 
One of these statements is not true. Which statement is false?
  • Health clubs bank on your dropping out.
  • Over 75 percent of the people that start exercise programs quit.
  • Your body will not do the right thing without some prodding.
  • Exercising before bed is a good way to unwind from the tensions of the day.
  • You will experience indigestion and heartburn if you exercise right after eating.
Correct answers can be found at the end of the excerpt.
“Walk slow enough so that you can talk but fast enough so that you can’t sing.”
—Dr. Don Colbert
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(Excerpted from Day 28,Exercise for Life!”)
Health clubs know a secret: most exercisers drop out. Clubs sign up more people than can use their facilities, knowing that many people who pay for membership won’t show up. The health club pencil pushers are right. My experiences as a doctor has taught me that people often start well, and then quit exercising. Think about all the unused exercise equipment lying under beds, under sheets in the guest bedroom, and in garages across America. Big chains like Play-It-Again Sports thrive on good intentions that never take hold.
How to Succeed at Exercising
Your body will not do the right thing without some prodding. It doesn’t like being exercised at first, but after about three weeks your body will change its mind: it will desire and expect to exercise. Here are the best tips I know to bulletproof your exercise routine.
Build exercise into your schedule. Schedule it like an important doctor’s appointment. Choose a time you won’t waver from, and put yourself on automatic so you don’t give yourself an “out.”
A workout before breakfast, lunch, or dinner is great. Just don’t exercise late at night, since you may be too charged up to sleep. Also, avoid exercise immediately after a meal. It will pull the blood from your stomach and intestines (where it’s needed to help digestion) to your muscles. You are likely to start belching and to have heartburn and other digestive problems. Exercise before you eat or two hours after you eat. However, a light snack before exercising is fine.
Choose an exercise you enjoy. The best exercise is the one you’ll do. If you have arthritis and walking hurts your knees, choose biking, elliptical machines, pool exercises, yoga, or Tai Chi instead. Tailor your routine to your physical condition.
Have an exercise partner. Partners keep you accountable to do the exercise and should make the exercise time more enjoyable.
Choose a location you enjoy. Walk in malls, parks, mountains, on the beach, or near a lake. Make exercise a complete sensory experience.
Change it up. Change your routine, either by location, time of day, or by the exercise you do. Make it fun.
Do occupational/transportation exercises. Seize every opportunity to increase your activity level. Park at the far end of the parking lot and walk to the store. Use stairs when you can. Default to the active option.
 
False answer from the opening quiz:
Exercising before bed is a good way to unwind from the tensions of the day. Dr. Colbert says that exercising late at night will get you all wound up and make it difficult to relax and fall asleep.
 
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(Excerpted from Day 28: Exercise for Life!)
Health clubs know a secret: most exercisers drop out. Clubs sign up more people than can use their facilities, knowing that many people who pay for membership won’t show up. The health club pencil pushers are right. My experience as a doctor has taught me that people often start well, then quit exercising. Think about all the unused exercise equipment lying under beds, under sheets in the guest bedroom, and in garages across America. Big chains like Play-It-Again Sports thrive on good intentions that never took hold.
How to Succeed at Exercising
Your body will not do the right thing without some prodding. It doesn’t like being exercised at first, but after about three weeks your body will change its mind: it will desire and expect to exercise. Here are the best tips I know to bulletproof your exercise routine.
Build exercise into your schedule. Schedule it like an important doctor’s appointment. Choose a time you won’t waver from, and put yourself on automatic so you don’t give yourself an “out.”
A workout before breakfast, lunch, or dinner is great. Just don’t exercise late at night, since you may be too charged up to sleep. Also, avoid exercise immediately after a meal. It will pull the blood from your stomach and intestines (where it’s needed to help digestion) to your muscles. You are likely to start belching and to have heartburn and other digestive problems. Exercise before you eat or two hours after you eat. However, a light snack before exercising is fine.
Choose an exercise you enjoy. The best exercise is the one you’ll do. If you have arthritis and walking hurts your knees, choose biking, elliptical machines, pool exercises, yoga, or Tai Chi instead. Tailor your routine to your physical condition.
Have an exercise partner. Partners keep you accountable to do the exercise and should make the exercise time more enjoyable.
Choose a location you enjoy. Walk in malls, parks, mountains, on the beach, or near a lake. Make exercise a complete sensory experience.
Change it up. Change your routine, either by location, time of day, or by the exercise you do. Make it fun.
Do occupational/transportation exercises. Seize every opportunity to increase your activity level. Park at the far end of the parking lot and walk to the store. Use stairs when you can. Default to the active option.
 
 
[[MAUREEN HANER: DR. COLBERT’S FAVORITE SAYING IS: “Walk slow enough so that you can talk but fast enough so that you can’t sing.” –L MCANALLY]]
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