Fitness: Exercise Your Options

Pump up your daily routine and get fit for life.
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Why Exercise?

Imagine This... Hike Kauai's rugged Na Pali Coast? Of course! You wouldn't want to miss those views. Help out with your groceries? No thanks, you can handle it -- even when you buy bleach and kitty litter. Sit out a jungle gym play date with your favorite 5-year-old? You wouldn't think of it -- and now you know you won't pay for it later with sore muscles. How'd you get so fit? Once you realized exactly what your body needed, the many ways you could satisfy those minimum fitness requirements, and how much better you felt when you gave your body what it craved, you found it surprisingly simple to ring the recess bell regularly and get a little exercise. Feel like getting fit for your life? You can do it!

The Payoffs

  • Sanity. In addition to stress management and mood enhancement, the expert you're about to meet loves the way exercise lets her busy mind "go blank." While some think deep thoughts and get bright ideas, many also make movement a meditative experience.
  • Let's talk about me. Many of us look forward to our exercise time because it's practically the only time that's completely our own.
  • Health. Heart, lungs, bones -- exercise is good for every part of our bodies, including the reproductive system (easier periods and pregnancies, increased libido).
  • Weight management. Exercising solely to achieve some pie-in-the-sky body standard isn't any fun, but workouts help many of us eat more of what we like (including pie!) while maintaining a healthy body weight.

From the book: YOU CAN DO IT!, The Merit Badge Handbook for Grown-Up Girls, by Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas, (c) 2005 (Used with permission of Chronicle Books LLC, San Francisco, CA,

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