As I See Fit: Pay to play is about balancing indulgences

It's OK to indulge in your favorite summer treat — just don't overdo it and don't forget to exercise.

It's OK to indulge in your favorite summer treat — just don't overdo it and don't forget to exercise.

Summer is all about guilty pleasures.

I don't know if it is simply the endless sun or the days that seem to flow along in a more relaxed manner, but there is something about the advent of the sweltering heat that suddenly makes it seem OK to eat the entire pint of ice cream in one sitting and forgo our workout because of the heat index.

It's summer and we should do these things because that is what the season requires of us. Right? Are you with me on that?

Because I believe in balance, I can rationalize that yes, sometimes it is absolutely OK to indulge in a favorite icy treat or three and that yes, sometimes it just seems like too much effort to move our bodies from our air conditioned homes to our air conditioned cars and proceed to the air conditioned gym.

I mean, Really. It's SUMMER. Don't we deserve a break?

Perhaps in some instances, we do. And as I try to embrace that mentality and write this column, I am shamed into action.

I must live on an exceptionally busy street in an exceptionally physically fit town because there are an awful lot of people engaging in exercise right outside my window. And it's HOT.

In the past hour alone I've seen multiple cyclists, scores of people jogging, several fast-paced walkers and a gaggle of kids on their scooters.

Shouldn't they be indoors playing video games? What is happening to America today?

Can it be that we really are taking the old fitness adage of "Just Move" to heart? I would say so, based upon what I have been witnessing.

Moving more is a good thing, plain and simple. And while we may adjust our workout schedules according to the season, the very act of finding something physical that you enjoy, and then doing it repeatedly, is a very good thing indeed.

It's OK to take time off in the summer. But if you want to have those extra indulgences, then be prepared to pay to play.

It's all about balance and moderation. If you overindulge on Monday, tell yourself you are going to get right back to it on Tuesday, and make good choices. Walk an extra mile. Walk an extra block. Make yourself find something physical to do.

You will feel better and your guilt, if you have any, will be assuaged. Summer goes hand in hand with being more relaxed, and you can do just that.

Think outside of the box and step up your fitness game in fun and unexpected ways. Swim. Bike with your kids. Go on a trail hike before the day gets too hot. Walk to the nearest park or simply around your neighborhood after eating dinner. Hit your patio in the morning or early evening and try a 20-20-20. That's 20 of your three favorite moves - for example, 20 squats, 20 pushups and 20 crunches, done in rapid succession with little or no rest in between. You can make it as easy or as difficult as you like. Burpees, anyone?

And as you break into a sweat walking to your mailbox, listen carefully. Do you hear those bells? That's the ice cream truck, my friend, and if you pick up your pace you could probably catch it.

Tagged: fitness, Jennifer Osborn, As I See Fit


Marilyn Hull 6 years, 3 months ago

Not to put too fine a point on it, but...

A half cup scoop of super-premium ice cream has about 250 calories. If you walk at about 3 mph, you will need to walk 65 minutes to walk off each scoop.

Looking at your photo, I figure it would take me about 3 hours and 25 minutes to walk off that baby.

That's why I love those little half-cup containers of ice cream. You get to indulge within reason.

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