Start Your Walking Routine Now

Remember the story of the five frogs sitting on a log? One decided to jump. How many were left? Still five. Deciding to jump is not the same thing as jumping.

Deciding to start a walking program is not the same thing as actually doing it.

So many people have good intentions, but they don't take the action that's necessary. I love Zig Ziglar's story about people who are going to take some action as soon as they get around to it. You've heard these people make excuses.  

"I would exercise regularly, but it's so hard to get going around the holidays. So many parties and all the relatives in town. As soon as New Years is over, I'll start back to my walking program" 

"I know I should be walking, but this is such a cold winter. It's dark by the time I get home from work. As soon as spring gets here and the weather is a little warmer, I'll walk."  

And then summer comes around, "I just can't remember a hotter summer. It's way too hot to be exercising outside. As soon as the weather cools off a bit I'll get back to my walking." 

Before you know it, the holidays are back and you have yet to find the right time to start your walking routine.

Is There a Perfect Time to Begin an Exercise Program?

The perfect time is now. When I lived in Atlanta, we racewalked outdoors 95 percent of the year. Now that I live in Florid, it's almost 100 percent of the year. Yes, I racewalk outside even in 95 degree and 95 percent humidity in July. Most of us can do it safely by carrying water.

When it was 25-30 degrees in Atlanta we layered up, wore gloves and hats, and racewalked anyway. If it's hotter or colder than that, you can always walk on a treadmill. Or find an alternative exercise such as aerobic classes in a gym or a video tape, or a stationary bicycle.

Dr. Anthony Abbott of Fitness Institute International used to say, "You can't be fit only six months out of the year, when weather conditions are perfect." If you're going to walk for fitness, you've got to be able

It's Not Easy Being Fit

If it were easy, everyone would be fit. And we know that everyone is not fit. More than 90 percent of the American population agrees that they should get more exercise, yet, research shows that less than 20 percent of Americans exercise enough to make any difference in their fitness level.

What are those other 80 percent doing? They're making excuses for why they can't be more active. Too hot, too cold, too humid, too rainy, too tired, too many kids, too much work.  Dr. Abbott says, "Fitness is not a commodity to be stored, rather a condition to be renewed on a daily basis."

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