Get physically fit, save resources using human-powered transportation

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  • By Capt. Joy Schaubhut
  • 71st Medical Operations Support Squadron
Billions of dollars are spent on aids to lose weight, yet more than 60 percent of adult Americans are overweight and future statistics are expected to be higher, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Two weeks into my 30-day personal behavior-modification prescription, I am continuing to walk and ride my bike pretty much everywhere. Other than saving quite a bit of money on gas, since day one, I have noticed some obvious benefits to include: feeling sharper in the mornings, having more energy throughout the day and falling asleep faster at night. Even though I have noticed some immediate benefits since Sept. 24, I have also had a few lessons learned.

I am riding a minimum of 12 miles a day, 62 miles per week and on most days I do fine with that regimen. Early Friday morning of last week, I rode to the gym to meet my unit for a 5-kilometer run. After working out and eating breakfast I felt really good, I was energetic and ready for the day. I spent the next four hours giving outside parachute landing fall training to undergraduate pilot students with my unit. Shortly after lunch, I felt nauseous, developed a horrible headache and felt very tired until around 7 p.m. that evening. Based off of the activities I had scheduled for last Friday, I should have planned on getting a ride into work.

For those of you who are thinking about developing a behavior-modification plan to improve your overall fitness, my advice to you is to start off slowly and progress gradually. Give your body time to adapt, because over exertion can be dangerous. Minus one over-exertion experience and occasionally leaving important items at home or at the office; which causes me to add a couple miles to my regimen, I am enjoying my behavior-modification prescription. I still encourage you to find ways to move more and sit less.