By Tim E. Renzelmann (April 8, 2021)
This past weekend I woke up on Sunday and enjoyed a couple rounds of disc golf all by myself. Then, I headed home and rowed 8K on my erg as part of the ST&BF Indoor Row Group Team’s effort in the Concept2 2021 World Erg Challenge. Shortly after that, Shel (my wife) and I went for a leisurely walk. Later that afternoon, I headed to a neighborhood park and got a couple of kites in the air! Finally, before bed, I practiced some Tai Chi.
There was a time in my life when I did not consider many of those activities (disc golf, going for a leisurely walk, flying a kite, tai chi) to be exercise. I had this mindset that exercise had to be intense... that I had to sweat... that I had to hurt! These kinds of casual activities got no attention in my exercise log... and little attention in my life!
I am older now. Hopefully wiser. I am enjoying many of the benefits of a more relaxed and casual approach to exercise that includes a greater variety of activities (all of which I now enter in my exercise log). There are days when my biggest struggle is deciding which activity I want to enjoy but, like this past Sunday, a more moderate intensity allows me to enjoy multiple activities throughout the day!
Don’t get me wrong, I still like to push myself. But not as often... and not as hard. I have no regrets of the “Run farther. Run faster.” mentality of my younger days. But that was then. This is now. My new mind set is pretty simple: “Sit less. Move more.”
There is so much to do in Wisconsin all year long! Spring is an especially fun, exciting and opportunistic time of the year as the colder, shorter days of winter get warmer and longer! As a bonus during these days of COVID-19, we have recommendations by the CDC suggesting: “If you want to spend time with people who don’t live with you, outdoors is the safer choice! You are less likely to be exposed to COVID-19 during outdoor activities, even without the use of masks, when you