Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or any other medical provider. Check with our doctor before beginning any workout or exercise program. In fact, you should direct all your medical questions to a qualified medical provider.
Today is the first day of a new year. Although all of you are here to get organized, many of you also prioritize getting or staying healthy. Some of you may have even set getting healthy as a resolution this year. And as I’m sure you know, the odds are not in your favor. An overwhelming number of people do not keep their resolutions past January. But I promise you that you can do it.
For those of you who aren’t aware, 2017 was a bad year for me in terms of my health. I spent Christmas Eve 2016 in the emergency room because of a nasty GERD attack that left my esophagus and throat damaged. I learned I was pregnant in March only to have a miscarriage with drama that extended throughout April and May. In June, I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and then had an emergency appendectomy. I was diagnosed with chronic gastritis in July. In August, I discovered a mass on my face, and shortly afterward, it became infected with cellulitis in the “danger zone” of my face. Then I had an allergic reaction to the antibiotics I was prescribed to fight the cellulitis.
In September, I decided I’d had enough. I decided to get healthy again. And I decided to do it one lifestyle change at a time. I have stuck with it since then.
For me, the first step was to add daily cardio to get my heart health back on track. I put my shoes on and climbed on my Body Runner stationary bike/elliptical. Then I used my bike for five continuous minutes.
So try it! The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, right? Here’s what you need to do:
- See your doctor and confirm that you are healthy enough for exercise.
- Pick your cardio: running, biking, elliptical, swimming; even walking will do. Consult with your doctor regarding which cardio you will do. (As an example, my physical therapist told me years ago that I should never do step aerobics again because of my weak ankles, despite that I love step aerobics more than any other aerobic activity.)
- Do your agreed-upon for five minutes. If you can’t do cardio for five minutes, do it as long as you are able and work to improve daily.
How Did You Do?
What type of cardio did you do? Let me hear from you in the comments!