Should I dread asking this question? Well, I guess not because I’m you’re doctor–I’m supposed to ask questions no one else can, right?
Here it is: how is your weekly exercise routine going?
So, everyone sorta knows that they should be exercising about 5x per week for about 30 minutes at a time. Some weight lifting, muscle strengthening–because after the age of 35 it's not so much heavy weights its about repetition.
I have a lot of patients who come in the office and want to talk about their exercise, and there's always a two simple things that I say.
#1 - Mix It Up
The body adapts pretty quickly to your workout routines, and so you'll actually be able to burn a bit more calories by mixing things up and keeping your body guessing. If you were to ask Roxy how I should burn calories she'd probably suggest we go ballroom dancing. She'd say that for 10 minutes of ballroom dancing you'd get something like 40 calories burned. And my response to her would be that if I were to just clean the gutters out for 10 minutes I'd burn 40 calories there (maybe more like 70 calories–I think it's double when you clean out the gutters). ;)
#2 - You've Just Gotta Stop Making Excuses & Do It
Nobody really likes doing the hard stuff–it's the easy things that we enjoy and sometimes you simply have to just suck it up and get it done because its good for you. I remember when I was young and didn't like riding the school bus and turning to my dad and saying, "I don't want to ride the bus." My father would quickly reply back, "And you have about 3 seconds to change your attitude or I'll change it for ya." The reality is that you've got to exercise, drink lots of water, eat right, cut out things and practice portion control. Not because it's the funnest thing in the world, but because you'll live a longer and healthier life if you do. Who doesn't want that?
Exercise, diet and discipline will make you tough and keep you out of the office better than probably anything else I could give you. And disciplined is created by making progress each day, not thru being perfect. If you mess up, try again. Never quit trying.
The reason why I'm pushing in on this is because I switched my entire medical practice because I care about you and want you to be healthy–I wasn't in a space before where I was fully able to give you the time that you needed for me to do that.
I want you to get healthy and stay healthy.
So there ya go–that's your lesson for today!
With My Best,
- Dr. Madsen
How is your workout routine? Leave your comment below and let me know one action you will take this week to improve your physical health.
Remember–it's about making progress not being perfect.
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