Stepping it up
As a young graduate student, I didn’t see a problem with heading to Steak ‘n Shake after a late night out with friends or grabbing McDonald’s in between classes. And even though I had been active in college — rowing competitively with the school’s team and jogging frequently with roommates — I stopped exercising, too. It definitely showed — I gained 15 pounds that year.
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By exercising and eating healthier meals at home, I finally shed those 15 pounds and more. But I didn’t want to stop there — my next goal was to run a half-marathon. The farthest I’d ever run in my life was six miles, and I did that once. But I found a beginner’s training schedule online, ran four times a week for 10 weeks and had a good excuse to eat peanut butter and bagels and pasta.
I ran in the Lincoln Memorial Half-Marathon in April 2008 and have finished three more half-marathons since then. My next goal: running the 26.2-mile Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon in April 2010.
What’s worked for me can work for you. It’s all about baby steps. Commit yourself to exercising for 30 minutes, three times a week, and go from there. Find activities that you enjoy. For me it was running, but for you it could be dancing, biking with your kids or even walking your dog.
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