Let’s Get Physical!


Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 11.21.25 AMRemember when we were kids and physical education (or P.E. as I used to call it) was one of the very few classes that you couldn’t fail unless you chose not to show up? Yes, we had to do sit ups, push-ups (modified “girl” style push-ups for me) and those dreaded pull ups. We had to endure the one mile run around the football field that made you feel like you were going to throw up after it was over. Nevertheless, as long as you showed up for class you got an “A”.

Now that we are all grown up, we tend to think that “exercise” is a bad word and should never be spoken! Paul Terry once said, “Whenever I feel the need to exercise, I lie down until it goes away.” Neil Armstrong said this about exercise, “I believe that every human has a finite amount of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine running around doing exercises.”

Although exercising generally has a bad connotation affixed to it, it is far from the truth. Science has proven that people operate more effectively when they exercise. According to author and Harvard psychiatry professor Dr. John Ratey, “Exercise is really for the brain not the body. It affects the mood, vitality, alertness and feelings of well-being. Exercise is like taking a little Prozac or a little Ritalin at just the right moment.”

Exercising even helps you with your job which will make your boss happy! You feel more productive, you are able to deal with the demands and pressures of work, you have more energy, you are able to concentrate and your overall performance improves.

The problem that most people have is that they don’t have enough time in the day to even think about exercising. Being a stay at home mom and working for Metaverse Mod Squad, my schedule is flexible, but what about the average person who has to get up and drive to work? How can they fit in an exercise routine if they are working eight (or more) hours per day?

Working out doesn’t have to be going to the gym and running on the treadmill for an hour or using the elliptical machine. It doesn’t have to be 200 sit ups per day or even lifting weights. It can be as simple as dancing, walking, jogging or even yoga for ten minutes. You can do this before, during and after work. It can be done by yourself, with friends or even with your kids. Exercising six times per day at ten minute intervals is equivalent to one hour per day. You can do anything for 10 minutes at a time. The hardest part is getting started.

There are many 10 minute workout videos available online. These videos will have you sweating

Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 11.23.21 AMThis is a task that should not be missed. Put on your workout shoes and start moving! You will not be disappointed.

Theresa Galle
Project Manager