Tuesday, October 02, 2012
This was an interesting chapter for me to read because in general, I've always been pretty active and enjoyed exercise. It did get me thinking about the periods of time where I've dropped off from exercising regularly and what has been the reason behind those times.
Other than injuries (which I've had my fair share of), the reasons I seem to wander off the exercise path end up being related to being 'too busy' or 'too stressed'. I liked the part where the chapter talks about how exercising makes time -- which is a different way of looking at things. I think the "too busy" and "too stressed" ideas are just excuses that cover up the fact that from time to time, I don't make exercise a priority. Which is funny -- because I truly end up feeling so much better when I exercise regularly and I think exercise is great for my brain and to relieve stress.
Something else I thought about after reading this chapter was the idea of accessibility -- that finding something you can do at home for 10 minutes each and every day is a great idea. It's not something that I do - yet - but I think that is a great approach because you always have 10 minutes at home -- especially when you don't have to get in the car and drive to a gym to get in a workout.
Hmm. Interesting chapter. The other recurring theme that I keep seeing in people's blogs about this chapter is to start with small steps. If I can make this one small change, then a month down the road from now I will likely be motivated to make another change and another. etc.
I think the common underlying theme in all this though -- is making ME (or YOU) a priority. If I prioritize my health and fitness, then I am going to find a way to make time to do the things that are necessary to achieve the results I am looking for.