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Raising Vegetarian Children
by Jo Stepaniak, M.S.Ed., & Vesanto Melina M.S., R.D.

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Exercise

I am one of these people who has always hated to exercise. Even when I was on the high school track team, I would be last in line during the mile warm-up run (gasping for air). I was a high jumper and a shot-putter, probably because these activities required less energy. I couldn't run to save my life. I did ride my bike to the beach back then, which was better than nothing. I am not sure when this aversion to exercise began. When I was rather young, I would swim constantly and play kick-ball with the neighbors. Eventually, I started to get chunky and my activities lessened. I guess I could blame MTV. I was fascinated by this new, exciting TV channel and would watch it constantly. Those Duran Duran and Adam Ant videos were definitely eye candy. I could care less about MTV (and most TV) now.

The problem I have is that I WANT to be one of these athletic types. I envy those with a sleek, muscular, athletic physique. I wish I could run a marathon or roller blade like a fiend. Veganism has helped me to eat more healthfully and maintain a healthy weight. Now the time has come to complete the equation. I have made remarkable progress this year through strength training. I started in the summer, got sidetracked in the fall (I'll spare you the excuses), and am now back into it again. For the first time in my life I am enjoying exercise. I believe I am sticking with strength training because I can see results quickly. This keeps me on track mentally as well as physically. I did years of aerobics in college (hating every minute of it) and never saw good results. With weights, I can already see my arms and butt firming up. I am definitely beginning to get into shape.

For those of you who avoid exercise like the plague, I'd like to recommend strength training. You will never become huge and bulky unless you use very heavy weights. I have been using Joyce Vedral's tapes with 2, 3, 5, and 8 pound weights. I recommend Joyce because she is upbeat, positive and looks great (she's in her fifties). I prefer her tapes over the books because the books have nonvegetarian recipes. Only one tape I have has low-fat diet recommendations (not veg*n). I just skip over that part. But honestly, if I am sticking to an exercise program, everyone can. You can even do weight exercises while watching MTV if you want (ha ha). I prefer to just throw some music on and start pumping. I plan on adding cardio to this routine so who knows -- maybe I'll run a marathon one of these days (laughing to myself).

Let this tale serve as a testimonial. It is truly a miracle that I have been sticking to some form of exercise. It is even more of a miracle that I am beginning to LIKE working out. So, go for it vegans!

Michele M.
Massachusetts

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