Once every few months or so, I get a warning about my too-sedentary lifestyle. Sometimes it’s from the bathroom scale, or a nurse practitioner telling me that my lungs are “deconditioned” (a.k.a., out of shape). Today it was from The New York Times.
But today’s Google Reader also brought me a potential solution: High Intensity Training. The article used an exercise bike as an example, but I don’t have an exercise bike. Even if I wanted to buy one, where would I put it in a 1000-foot condo?
Since we live on the third floor, what I do have is stairs. It takes me about two minutes to walk slowly down the hall, down three flights of stairs, and through the garage to the stairs at the other end of the building. It takes about thirty seconds to run back up the stairs. Three rounds of that equal one six-minute, high intensity workout.
Now the hard part: making it a habit.
(Photo: Cellar Stairs, used under a Creative Commons attribution license)