I have a confession right up front on this one, I hate exercise, and if it is possible, I hate it even more when it is cold outside.

Ann Reeves

I have a confession right up front on this one, I hate exercise, and if it is possible, I hate it even more when it is cold outside.


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I have a confession right up front on this one, I hate exercise, and if it is possible, I hate it even more when it is cold outside. I usually walk 30 minutes four or five times a week and (smugly) thought that should count as exercise. However until I agreed to join my husband at the gym last week, I didn’t even realize how little walking had to do with keeping in shape. Reality slapped me in the face pretty fast, like in less than 10 minutes. Something about being on the elliptical quickly convinced me I had only been strolling these past two years, not really walking, much less exercising. I really tried for 30 minutes, but it just didn’t happen. And it didn’t happen the second day either.



I guess reality, at least this kind of exercise-to-stay-in-shape reality, comes to people as we go through the time-eating cycle of work, home, (repeat for five) and too-busy weekends. We hear it at the library a lot. We check out all kinds of books on exercise, have a Zumba kit that is never on the shelf, and probably have more requests for new diet books than for any other kind of book. And we really do understand as all of us moan about the time it takes to eat right and try to maintain a healthy lifestyle.



All of that adds up to making me really excited about our upcoming library program with Jenna Smith, University of Illinois Nutrition and Wellness Educator. Jenna is going to be talking about healthy ways to control your weight during the winter months. Jenna has been at EPLD several times and she always brings a great program, filled with helpful hints, entertaining stories and usually some good recipes that won’t leave you feeling guilty. She has an upbeat personality and loves to answer questions. She makes her programs fun, and we typically have a full room when Jenna is the presenter. The cost for her program, "Controlling Winter Weight" on Monday, Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m. is only $2.



Back to my personal issue…I am hoping for a better week at the gym this week, but I am beginning to recognize it’s going to take a while to get this body used to really exercising again. I am willing to take whatever help I can get, and I can’t think of anything easier that planning to attend Jenna’s class here at the library!