If you're into physical fitness, you probably have your own personal workout. The choices are endless-jogging, cycling and aerobic dance are some of the first that come to mind.
But I've developed a unique exercise program that's keeping me in shape.
And after reading an Associated Press article in our newspaper the other day, I'm convinced that mine fits into the recommended amount of activity. According to a study out of Taiwan, there's evidence that just 15 minutes a day of moderate exercise can lead to a longer life.
Wow! Just the fountain of youth we've wanted to wade into rather than a swan dive into the traditional 30-minutes a day World Health Organization directive.
Let's face it. We're busy, and exercise isn't always at the top of our "to-do" list. But fifteen minutes may fit into a hectic schedule.
Dr. Anil Nigam of the University of Montreal weighed in with his opinion when the Taiwan study was published. He said in an email quote that the findings "may convince many individuals that they are able to incorporate physical activity into their busy lives."
Honestly, I wanted to raise my arms in a high-5 when I heard the news, but my biceps and triceps were too fatigued. I've been ahead of the new trend, incorporating physical activity into my daily routine for a number of weeks.
The workout goes something like this . . .
"Guh ... guh ... guh ..." - the signal to begin my activity.
Bending from the waist, I stretch my arms forward, feet planted firmly about 8-inches apart and knees bent. Then, in a swift motion I tighten my core and lift the substantial weight from the floor.
"Oh my back!" I groan as my 30-pound great-grandson, Ethan, clings to my neck, all smiles. Repetitions follow throughout the day.
This big "bundle of joy"-soon to be 1-year old-has been faithfully working on my upper body strength while his daddy trains in the military. But wouldn't you know, right when I'm seeing faint definition on my arms, he and our granddaughter-in-law are off for an extended stay in Hawaii.
You can believe this grandma; I'm going to miss my "little workout."