One year ago today, I got hit by an SUV. I’ll spare you the details but it took me about six months to get back to my original fitness. I’m still doing the exercises given by my physical therapist and will probably do them for life.
A couple of days ago, I was interviewed by a local reporter doing a story on “staying fit in these hard times.” He called me while I was deep into some writing and caught me off guard and I probably didn’t give him what he wanted. I think he wanted five quick and easy things the average American adult can do to get back into shape this year. There’s no such thing.
Then I read about Aaron Saft’s fitness schedule in this month’s Blue Ridge Outdoors. He owns a running store, FootRX, in Asheville, has a wife in the middle of her medical residency and a two-year old boy. He’s a busy man. Yet, he runs every day, starting out at 5 A.M. at the latest, so he can be back before his wife has to go to work. That’s the reality of staying fit for life.
That’s what I should have told my caller. If you want to stay fit, you have to make it a priority and not let the rest of life take over. If you need to get out at 5 A.M. to do that, well, that’s what you do.
When you are stressed and overbusy, exercise is the last thing you should drop. Walking 20 minutes three times a week is just not going to do it.
Happy New Year!