Millie’s One a Day

Today is a very simple one- MOVE!

I know, I know…who has time to make it to the gym, right?

I realized decades a go when I was a single mom with 5 kids, that bicycle riding, gym visits and running were off the table…couldn’t get away.  And by the time you get ready, go to class, get back home…that 45 minute workout turned into a hour an a half time commitment!  And we were told for years that we had to get out heart rate up and sustain it for us to offer us any cardiovascular benefits.  That simply isn’t true.  Any movement, a degree of exercise is great..and you reap benefits.

For 25 years now I have practiced yoga and weight lifting.  BUT, my main sources of aerobic exercise is dancing, hula hooping, gardening, yard work, standing 8 to 10 hours a day (I am a Chef and author, I use a standing desk).

Several times a day, and every evening I take a break, turn on some kick ass music (BB King, Peter Gabriel, Keb’ Mo, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner are some faves) and I dance like crazy!  I also usually follow yoga with hula hooping with a 7 pound hula hoop. I also go several times a week and swing at the park.  And remember that sex, if done with enough enthusiasm, is a great workout!!

So get off the couch, and simply move, have fun…you’ll be healthier for it!  You’ll sleep better, aid digestion, stave off depression, oxygenate the body (a great cancer preventative)…and enjoy life more!