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The Spark - Chapter 3: Fitness

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.

Great chapter!
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HEALTHY-SPARK 10/5/2012 10:24AM

    That's great to hear -- I think for a lot of people, there is a tendency to go full swing when starting to change your life -- okay, I'm going to exercise 60 minutes everyday and eat only lettuce etc etc. I think it is too much of a shock to your body and brain to start off that way, because it feels SO different from what you may have been doing in the past, that it is hard to feel like anything has been incorporated into your normal way of life.

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EDELWEISS33 10/3/2012 12:07AM

    baby steps! It works. after my surgery in 2009, I did imaginary stuff with the wii, then gradually got to yoga, then I was up to a little cycling, then I got to walking, then I was doing crunches and planks, then I got to situps and pushups, then I am actually up to jogging. it is worth it!!!

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