According to Wikepedia, a double entendre’ is a figure of speech in which a spoken phrase is devised to be understood in either of two ways. The word “exercise” can be likened to a double entendre’ as exercise can be both a positive and a negative experience.
Exercise can be a negative if you’re exercising in such a way that you hate what you are doing, or the exercise becomes drudgery by being repetitive, or you feel guilty if you don’t cross exercise off your daily to do list. Exercise can be nasty if you believe you must be exhausted each time you do a routine or have aching muscles afterward to feel you are doing well enough. Exercise doesn’t have to be a negative experience.
Exercise can be life-saving and if done right, a very positive thing. I know this first hand as my life has gone from the dangerous precipice of Type II Diabetes to one of vitality and active living. How did exercise become such a big part of my life? It’s simple…I found an exercise I liked to do and have stuck with it. Exercise is now a positive in my life. I want you to find a positive exercise you like to do also, so here are a few suggestions:
- Bicycling. An average size person burns approximately 598 calories for one hour of mountain biking; 280 calories for a leisure bike ride less than 10 miles per hour.
- Disc Golf. Disc Golf is a flying discs toward a target, usually an elevated basket. According to Paul Ince of the Professional Disc Golf Association, “the object of the game is to traverse a course from beginning to end in the fewest number of throws of the disc.” This sport has about 18 holes per game, it is walking and throwing and just all-around great outdoor exercise. Check www.pdga.com for info.
- Pickleball. This fun sport combines the sports of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. Pickleball can be played indoors or outdoors using the measurements of a .badminton-sized court. The sport uses a “whiffle ball,” a modified plastic ball with holes. It also uses a paddle weighing less than a tennis racket. When the racket meets the ball, the Pickleball makes a very distinctive sound. The sport is played as doubles or singles. Check our www.usapa.org for info.
- Geocaching. This fun sport is an outdoor activity, in which participants use a GPS app on your phone or GPS receiver to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, at specific locations marked by coordinates anywhere in the world. It combines hide and seek with high tech. Check www.Geocache.com for more info.
Exercise is for all ages!
If you notice, the above four exercise I’ve mentioned are for all ages. I have participated in each of these type of exercise with my sons, daughter in loves,and my grandchildren. For me, the best exercise is anything done with family and friends.
Before you begin a new exercise, you really should know your fitness level. You and your doctor can work together to find what is best for you.
I take a few supplies with me whenever I go out to exercise. I take water, my phone, tissues, an energy bar and my inhaler. What you take may differ, but determine what you need to have with you and find an easy, comfortable way to carry these items.
For most people, a little sweat and a little huffing and puffing while getting exercise is a good thing. I didn’t know how great exercise was until I began to slowly push myself out of my comfort zone. I was 54 years old before I began any type of sport or exercise. Let me encourage you, if you haven’t been outdoors to exercise, get outside! If the longest walk you take is just around your house then explore the town you live in. You’ll probably find great trails and scenery you have never seen!