My running crew is in panic. Coming Saturday, we’ve planned to run the Rotterdam Ekiden, a marathon in relay. Of one the running crew members is injured and we’ve haven’t found a replacement yet. But that isn’t our main concern. It’s this heat. Everybody is in a hysterical state because of this heatwave that hit our country this week. While only last week I felt chilly in my summer parka, can you imagine that? I’ve been waiting all of spring for sunny weather and now it hit us big time. Simultaneously with the conclusion of the first half of this year. WAIT. WHAT? Mid year already? What have I – except for anticipating summer – have I been doing then?
I can’t believe it’s been half a year ago that I bought a virgin Moleskine note book and intended to keep a bullet journal (mission: failed). In my fresh note book I wrote down my year goals which included running at least once a week (mission: failed) and eating vegetarian regularly (mission: failed again). So far so good (or bad) for my healthy and active lifestyle, huh! Last week I attended a keynote by Dutch neuropsychologist Erik Scherder and his eloquent and passionate speech was a big wake up call: a healthy and active lifestyle isn’t a hype. It’s vital for your health. High time to dust off those New Year’s Resolutions, or even better: to write down my Mid Term Resolutions.
Exercise is crucial for your brain and the fitness of your cognitive functions, according to Scherder. His prescription to avoid geratic diseases: thirty minutes of daily exercise. You may break them into 3 sets of 10 minutes with a short break. But a daily prescription it is. If you keep to your daily exercise, every 365 days of the week, your brain will work more focused, more productive and more creative. Who doesn’t want that?
Thirty minutes of exercise sounds like piece of cake. Like cat in the bag. Easy as pie. Well. Not so much. The good news is you don’t have to take that super deluxe membership at the gym or live in sportswear everyday (although I wouldn’t complain about that one). Moderate intense exercise is good enough. Upgrading your step to a brisk walk, of spinning a heavier gear on your bike is plenty. But here’s the thing: that 15 minutes commute on your bike twice a day, it doesn’t count. It may help your physical condition but to improve the fitness of your brain, you have to work out for at least 30 minutes in one session. So not only is it 30 minutes of daily exercise. No. It’s a session of 30 minutes of daily exercise.
My mid year resolution is easily guessed and deceptively easy as challenging at the same time. I’m determined to exercise every day for 30 minutes. Nothing more, nothing less. But the thought alone scares me already, failure is so close. Especially with this heat wave, when all I want to do is take an ice cold bath. And reading Scherder’s book.
What are your mid term resolutions?
xoxo – Irene.
PS: you can read this post in Dutch too!