Why exercising could be bad for the environment
You can always count on Small Footprints to provide me with some serious food for thought.
For this week’s Change the World Wednesday challenge we’re looking at our exercise routine.
As if a dislike of exercise isn’t enough to contend with, I feel like Small Footprints wants to take away the tiny amount of enjoyment I DO get!
She’s reminded us that during the winter months when we might move our exercise routines indoors, this can often mean a reliance on electronic gadgetry. Some of us have electric treadmills, work out in front of the TV or plug ourselves into our favourite music.
Well for Heart Month I’ve been committed to a fitness regime. Yes we go outdoors as a family for a couple of walks per day but I’m also getting up first thing to use the treadmill. It is a human-powered one, so no trouble there, BUT I walk on there either with my MP3 so I can listen to some motivational music or I have learned the art of multitasking – I walk on the treadmill and check my emails on my ipad!
I have to say both of these help me pass the 15 minutes or so of walking and I’m reluctant to give up my distractions.
The other thing I’ve started doing is a fitness DVD. I love the fact someone is there telling me I’m doing well, encouraging me to keep on going and generally having a bit of fun. Yes I know she’s not talking to ME, but it sure helps.
Would I jump on the treadmill for 15 minutes and do a workout on my own without the technology to help me?
I even have a couple of toning exercise apps on my iPad that I do with Little Miss Green and I seriously don’t think we would just do the exercises without the apps. The other thing we do is crank up the music and dance around the dining room.
Well it’s certainly opened my eyes I can tell you. I had never stopped to think of how reliant I am on technology to do something as simple as move my body.
So I’ll compromise. Going out for our daily walks is a no-brainer, there’s no technology involved (unless you take into account my battery-powered timer that goes with me). I can walk on the treadmill when Mr Green is in his office; I can have a conversation with him while I’m working out – that might be rather fun.
As for the fitness DVD and the apps, I’m not ready to give them up. I find sticking to regular exercise such an issue in itself that frankly I need all the help I can get.
For this week then, it’s a 50/50 success but I’m amazed just how much technology I’m using and it’s been fantastic to have that awareness. Thanks Small Footprints!
What about you – do you use electronic equipment to help you exercise or do you have some ‘off grid’ favourites?