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Slow and Steady

How To Start Exercising

There are so many reasons to get outside and get some exercise. Cardio activity is good for the heart and mind. People tell me all the time they can’t run, or they hate running. Any generally healthy, able-bodied person with a safe outdoor space can run.

Running takes commitment, focus, time, and patience. An hour two to three days a week is the time commitment expected. If endurance exercise is new to you, the key is to start slow and steady by tracking your heart rate. The rewards are worth the work. 

Running is the easiest exercise to start.

My top speed is a twelve-minute mile and I’m okay with that. Focus should be on maintaining an elevated heart rate for a specified period of time.  Start with a 30 seconds run and then walk for one minute. Do this for 3o minutes and you have taken the first step(s)!


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Carmel Organics soapnut powder

Asics Gel-Venture 8

These have worked well for me over the years. And they are under $50!

JR Liggitt's conditioner bar.

Fitbit Versa

I like the big face on this one

Puma running socks available on

Ankle Socks

Socks can make all the difference when it comes to running comfort.

Runners belt

Waist belt

Keep ID, energy snacks, and keys handy.

pack of three tank tops in pink, burgandy and dark gray

Tank tops

Sleeves get in the way.

JRLiggetts hair shampoo bar.

High Impact Sports Bra

These are also useful.


Habit Building Books

Audible has a subscription service where you pay about $15 a month and get credits to purchase whatever book you want. Audiobooks are a nice alternative to music when walking or running.

Sidewalk and road at sunrise
Better Than Before book cover

Better Than Before

This book helped me understand the basics of forming habits and routines.

Procrastination Book Cover


Procrastination can be the result of a response to stress. It is not a character defect.