Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Off and on I have made exercise a habit in my life. I have gone through spurts of doing Pilates everyday, doing workout videos several times a week, daily walks... You get the idea. Each of these activities eventually came to an end through some kind of interruption to my schedule - North Dakota blizzard, family vacation, injury. But I like to be fit. Eventually I get back after it and try something else.
In the summer of 2007 I decided to give running a try. I had never been a runner - not even in high school. It was a novelty to try. A local 5k race became my goal. Having a goal in place made all the difference for me! I did not miss a workout no matter what my day was like because I was in training. No matter where we were or what the weather was like, I did some kind of workout so I would be ready when the race day came.
Having that experience made me see that seldom is there really an excuse that prevents me from exercising. Since then, I have set goals to run in other races and each time having that goal renews my commitment to run. I have come to enjoy the exercise for its own sake, too. It always feels good to do the right thing.