Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A Case for Exercise

We all know the health benefits of physical exercise but have a read of them again just in case. As you can see from the title of the blog, I'm not a lover of exercise. I've heard all the excuses for not working out, directly from my own mouth. Too tired, not enough hours in the day, I don't like it. Blah, blah. Of course life is busy, full of work and doing stuff we don't want to do and we need leisure time but do we really need to spend hours at a time staring at Facebook?

Here is where honesty and accountability play a major role. When I sat down to have an honest look at what I did with my time, I saw that I really did have time to work out. Most mornings, upon waking I would make a huge coffee drink and then sit for 2 or more hours in front of the computer then I'd eat lunch and go to work. I didn't realize how much time I was wasting. 2 hours a day 5 days a week! I decided that I could build a workout into my schedule. I started carving out 30 minutes a day a few days a week and increased from there. The computer goes off at bedtime and does not get turned back on until I get back from my walk or back from the gym. This has become a habit for me now.

We are creatures of habit and making exercise a habit is an effective way to become more active. And as Newton's Law tells us, a body at motion will stay in motion unless acted upon by the direct force of Facebook quizzes. Well, that's not totally accurate but you get the idea.

Work was obnoxious last night and a night like that can effect my sleep. I woke up this morning feeling like I wanted to roll back over and sleep until noon. And there was no way I was going to the gym because after a stressful shift and less than stellar sleep, the idea of the gym felt like a choke hold. So I grabbed my music and hit the streets of Saddlebrook. Halfway out of our cul-de-sac I felt transformed. The dewy morning air felt so good. The air smelled amazing, grass, pine bark mulch, magnolia and lilies and wildflowers. I was inspired to do a different route and tackled the big hills of the front of the neighborhood. I just kept going until I got home and found that I had done a vigorous 50 minute walk. I'm feeling so good now and my workout is done for the day. 50 fast minutes, and did I miss anything on Facebook? Not.

Have an honest look at where you can squeeze in a 30 minute walk just three days a week. Your body and mind will love you for it. Regular exercise has made me more active in general, more energetic, more productive. Because of this, I enjoy my leisure time so much more.

2 comments:

  1. I so completely agree with this! I always complain about not having enough time, yet I can give you a complete recap of the season for 24, The Biggest Loser, LOST, Grey's Anatomy, etc...
    We can all make time for the stuff we want to do. But we need to also make that time for the stuff we NEED to do.

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  2. Such a great post! Resonates so true with me. I have been talking the talk but not walking the walk for too many months... and now my clothes aren't fitting and I am four sizes bigger than I was a few short years ago. Although I went through a period in my life when I was passionate about nutrition and exercise (long story, but I recovered from a heart condition using nutrition for my body to heal myself), and I still claim to believe that the only way to live ones life is through good nutrition and exercise (principles in your blog that I just LOVE), the reality is that I have been living the exact opposite. What a shame! (Not to mention hypocritical of me) I don't want to beat myself up, but this post really rang true... I need to stop making excuses and start living my values. Thank you for this great post!

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