13 August 2009

Get Moving!

A quote from Jeff Galloway, an Olympic long-distance runner and marathoner who now coaches hundreds of get-fit clinics for runners and walkers:

"There is a principle of lazy physics at work here: A body on the couch wants to stay on the couch. But once a body is in motion it wants to stay in motion."

How true is that? Yesterday, during one of our many lunch excursions, my co-bloggers and I talked a bit about this statement. For me personally, it's much easier to workout 4-5 times a week (varying in intensity) than fitting in two high-intensity workouts per week. Are your muscles going to be sore? Yes. Are you going to want to eat the entire contents of your pantry? Probably. But, it feels pretty good to be in motion. What's even better: You'll nix restless sleep and the unsettled anxiety that can come with a stagnant routine.

Galloway offers up thousands of workout tips on his Web site — check it out; you'll find that it's really not that impossible to add 30 minutes of "motion" activity to your day. (And, yes, chasing the kids around the house does count!) Or, visit Jeff's Dallas-based running group site here and see how you can train with newbie and experienced runners for a 5K, 10K, half marathon or marathon.


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