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Let’s go do it!

Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness.

Earl of Derby

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The holiday is over and now we get to go back in action until the next long weekend off on Labor Day in September. There was a time in the past when everything slowed down in the summer but in my case that does not happen anymore. In fact I can no longer use summer as the excuse for not doing what I could and really should do.

My energy still lags but some of that is probably due to not being as disciplined as I should be in doing my daily exercises. I do know how critical exercise is to both my health and my wellbeing so in effect my procrastination is demonstration of an intelligence failure. While it is easier to avoid what should be done the price we pay when we do is a journey on a slippery slope to weakness and deterioration.

So here I go again promising myself to do better. What about you? Are you doing all you should? If not here are some suggestions I picked up from United Healthcare

Ways to Make Fitness Part of Your Life

You don’t need big blocks of time to exercise. Squeeze in activity throughout the day with these helpful tips!

It’s OK to start slowly. You should aim to be active for at least 30 minutes most days or a total of 2 1/2 hours per week. But you can break your activity up into 10-minute chunks and still reap health benefits. Just be sure it’s moderately-intense aerobic activity. And don’t forget muscle-strengthening activities. Aim to do exercises that hit the major muscle groups at least two days a week. Pick activities that you enjoy! Keep in mind, if you are physically inactive or have a chronic health condition such as arthritis, diabetes, or heart disease check with your doctor before starting an exercise program. He or she can tell you what types and amounts of activities are safe and suitable for you.

Here are some tips for fitting in fitness:

  • Add steps to your day. Park farther away from the entrance or get off the bus one stop earlier. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk around during your kids’ sports practices and games.
  • Find a workout buddy. Exercising with a friend can be more fun and a good motivator. Ask a co-worker to go for a walk during lunch or see if a neighbor wants to shoot hoops. It is harder to skip if you know someone is counting on you.
  • Schedule your fitness activities. If you put exercise on your calendar like other appointments, you’re more likely to do it.
  • Acknowledge your successes. Keep a log of all the times you make a healthy choice to move more, such as taking the stairs instead of an elevator.
  • Try some new moves. Check out fitness DVDs from your library or choose a video from a reputable online source like the American Council on Exercise. There are many 10-minute workouts out there.
  • Move while you watch TV. Be active during commercials. Try getting up off the couch and marching in place for 60 seconds.
  • Clean up. Both housework and doing work in the yard can count as physical activity, too. Rake and bag your leaves. Scrub your kitchen floor. Push the lawn mower.

After you’ve built short periods of activity into your day, think about times when you could lengthen each burst by a few minutes. The key is to start small and ramp up gradually. If your fitness level allows, you can also increase the intensity of your activity, even if you don’t increase the time.


You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be.

David Viscott


“How’s your mother,” a friend asked.

“Not good,” I answered. “She’s got chronic frontal sinusitis.”

“My goodness,” the friend said.  “Where did she get that?”

“Reader’s Digest.  Last month’s issue.”


Practice makes perfect, but if nobody’s perfect, why practice?


She said: The bank where I work had just installed its first 24- hour cash machine. I encouraged an elderly gentleman to take an application for the new plastic identification cards, explaining that he would be able to get cash any time of day or night. He declined, saying, “Lady, anything I’d need money for that late at night I shouldn’t be doing.”


“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”

Albert Camus


When the employees of a restaurant attended a fire safety seminar, they watched a fire official demonstrate the proper way to operate an extinguisher. “Pull the pin like a hand grenade,” he explained, “then depress the trigger to release the foam.”

Later an employee was selected to extinguish a controlled fire in the parking lot. In her nervousness, she forgot to pull the pin. The instructor hinted, “Like a hand grenade, remember?”

In a burst of confidence she pulled the pin …. and hurled the extinguisher at the blaze.


Judge:  Was the child born out of wedlock? Mother:  No, Sir, just outside of Louisville.


My mom had decided to trim her household budget wherever possible, so instead of having a dress dry-cleaned by Stein’s Laundry she washed it by hand. Proud of her savings, she boasted to my father, “Just think, Sam, we are five dollars richer because I washed this dress by hand.”

“Good,” my dad quickly replied. “Wash it again!”


Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.


The day I started my construction  job, I was in the office filling out an employee form when I came to the section that wanted to know:

Single__, Married__, Divorced__.

I marked single.  Glancing at the man next to me, who was filling out the same form, I noticed he hadn’t marked any of the blanks.  Instead he’d written, “Yes, in that order.”


Nothing is so simple that it cannot be misunderstood.

Gypsey Teague


He said: My wife invited some people to dinner. At the table, she turned to our six-year-old daughter and said, “Would you like to say the blessing?”

I wouldn’t know what to say,” she replied.

“Just say what you hear Mommy say.”

So our daughter bowed her head and said, “Dear Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?”


True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.

Wilhelm von Humboldt


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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