I Needed A Walking Tutorial

Fitness Lady Walking
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I thought to myself, “Really? A DVD on walking?” as I found myself stepping from side to side with a bounce in my step in the basement.

But you know what? That Weight Watchers “Walking Kit” DVD got me to exercise for the first time in months. A neighbor and I went jogging a couple of times several months ago, and while I love to run, it just didn’t become a habit.

See, we have a five-month-old. We have two businesses we’re trying to grow. We have two rental properties (no, being a landlord was not part of the plan) in addition to the home in which we live. We have a dog, three cats, and find ourselves terribly busy, you know?

Ugh, I hate that excuse when I hear it from others, “I’ve just been so busy.” Because isn’t that just what it is? An excuse? We let so many friendships go to pot, so many commitments fall to the bottom of the list, so many fun things pass us by all in the name of King Busy.

Last night after dinner (we actually ate at home!), and the baby was slumbering, my wife and I went down to the basement and put in the walking DVD and we did it. 30 minutes of walking—marching in place, stepping side to side, front to back, arms up, arms out…walk walk walk.

And you know what? We had fun doing it. It was silly and maybe a little bit hokey, but it was fun to “work out” together. It was nice to concentrate on our individual fitness together because it has greater implications for our family’s future. We had so much fun doing it, we did it again tonight. We’ve vowed to do it for 30 days straight.

It’s fun to watch my Fitbit log my steps. It’s fun to be silly with my spouse when it’s just the two of us. And tonight we even did a little boxing with the punching bag after our guided walking.

I don’t claim to be anything other than a fat lady who has exercised two days in a row and I didn’t hate it. And I think I slept better. And got up with the baby at 6:45 this morning and didn’t crave falling back asleep.

For today, that’s gotta be enough.