I was less than half a block into tonight’s run when I thought of that title and by the end of the run, I had no reason to change it. Regular readers may recall that I used the non(according to my computer)word “thunky” to describe my last run, which was on Saturday. And how’s this for a Freudian typo: I first put “less than half a blog”? At least “blog” is recognized as a word.
Once again, I almost talked myself out of running and once again, I got into my running clothes and out the door. For one reason, I have rehearsal for Splitting Issues (the play Steven and I are in) tomorrow so I may not have time to run. For another reason, I need some help reaching my weight-loss goals.
Now, I know what is said by weight-loss experts: eating less is the key to weight-loss. Moving more has WAY less effect. Well, if all you look at is the numbers, that is true. However, I maintain that the number of calories burned while actually exercising are only part of the story. To encourage myself to keep thunking along, I once again re-iterated what I think of as the exponential effects of exercise (hmmm, maybe that would have been a better title; for one reason, it has the charm of alliteration) .
Exercise kicks up your metabolism. Depending on the length and intensity of your workout, for a certain amount of time afterwards, you burn more calories than you were burning before you worked out. I like to make use of this effect by walking a cool-down turn around the block. Nine or ten more minutes of extra burn! Additionally, exercise can increase the amount of muscle in your body. Muscle burns more calories at rest than does fat. Moreover, muscle looks better. Even if I have not lost much weight, I can present a more toned appearance.
Even more important are the psychological benefits of exercise. After even a bad run, I feel good about myself for having done it. I feel stronger, healthier, and perhaps more inclined to make healthy choices when I eat. The anti-depressant effects of exercise are well documented. Less depressed means less likely to self-medicate with fattening food.
Fortified by these encouraging thoughts, I thunked along for 25 minutes. When I wasn’t giving myself a pep talk, I enjoyed looking at people’s fall and Halloween decorations. Steven and I must get going on our own decorating. I think we should go to, for example, Pumpkin Junction in Sauquoit to get some new decorations. That would make a dandy blog post.
I also find it very difficult to eat while actually exercising, especially swimming, hence less time in the day to consume calories!