So I read blogs. This is well known.
I read running blogs and reading blogs and news blogs and fashion blogs. I seldom read cooking blogs but sometimes people will mix their running and cooking and make it a “healthy” blog. Those aren’t my favorites because I get to read a lot of “overnight oats”. Yuck.
Fashion blogs aren’t really a “read” thing. They’re just ~fashion~. I love clothes and working where I do I get to dress up and wear cute things. So it’s nice to sometimes get ideas. I will sometimes read a blog called For All Things Lovely. This particular blog is not my favorite. She doesn’t post very often and she does a lot of giveaways. I don’t like giveaways. Just post so I can see cute clothes. The endless contest to win another bracelet has almost lost me as a reader on more than one occasion. I have no patience.
The girl in question is always ALWAYS impeccably put together. She just looks like she never sweats, never has a hair out of place and is always just so. A true southern lady (she’s in South Carolina).
On this particular day I’m reading and I’m reading and…I did not read that. Did I read that? She has posted this:
2. Going to the gym is not one of my favorite things to do. But, being active is. So, I like to find active alternatives to the gym. The hubs and I are lucky enough to have a college with a beautiful campus right outside our back door. On a crisp, cool spring evening we love to head over and walk around the campus. There is a beautiful lake with many different gardens and who doesn’t love to stop and smell the roses? Our home, at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is also wonderful because it has several beautiful state parks with great hiking. Depending on the weekend, we may go for a quick morning hike or a longer hike that takes the better part of the day. And of course, you know my favorite way to be active is shopping. Yes, I do believe “hiking” around the mall after work in a cute dress and pumps is considered being active, which leads me to my third and final way I enjoy a healthy lifestyle.
I’m pretty happy for her that she has the Blue Ridge Mountains at the base of her home with great hiking. But Lord help me…did she actually say…”hiking” around the mall after work in a cute dress and pumps is being active?
I think I may have figured out one of the things wrong with our overweight society today (not that she is in any way overweight). They think walking around the mall in a cute dress and heels is being active.
After years of being told to take the stairs and 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week will keep us in shape, hello…we have a whole society of overweight adults who have to figure out a whole new way to get fit.
Don’t get me wrong. There are plenty of people for whom a walk around the mall is the most workout they can handle. I suspect she is not one of them. I just think that’s not the message we want out there.
According to NBCnews.com Smart fitness
“Thirty minutes a day of moderate activity has a very significant health benefit,” says Catherine Jackson, professor and chair of the department of kinesiology at the California State University in Fresno and a spokesperson for the American College of Sports Medicine.
But that’s not to say that longer or more intense activity isn’t beneficial.
“That message gets lost,” says fitness researcher I-Min Lee, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Most of the time we’re trying to get people just to the first level.”
Lee recommends that people aim for that first level — 30 minutes of moderate activity a day — and then ratchet things up if they can. “Once you’re comfortable at that level, see if you can build it up to an hour,” she says. Another way to get a more challenging workout is to increase the intensity by walking faster or jogging.
I’ve never understood the mentality that we shouldn’t be sweating when we workout. If you raise your heartrate, get your sweat on, feel a little pain then when you stop, you will feel much better for it. Otherwise, what did you get out of that workout?