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Get Moving!

Sunday, October 20, 2013



I have learned that I require movement. This is still a surprising concept to me. I was the kid who hated PE class. Picked last for teams, I was clumsy and non-competitive. I thought I hated exercise. In college, I would swim laps to pass the time while other friends were working out in the weight room or taking karate class. Eventually, I noticed that it was stress-relieving and rather lovely. But after I graduated college, I had no money for a gym membership, and working so many hours left no time for "optional" activities.

Now, in my 40s, I'm rediscovering what I was on the verge of really integrating as a very young woman: When I move, I am well. In every sense, I am well when I get activity often. My attitude is brighter, I am uplifted and optimistic. I parent with more patience and enthusiasm. I love my work, and am much more efficient. I sleep better. I laugh more, I am more confident and happy. And it is easier to follow my food program. Everything goes better when I move at least 50 minutes five or six days a week.

And I like it. I 've found activities that I truly enjoy, most of the time. That doesn't mean that I don't have to talk myself into my workouts sometimes. I do. But once I get started, I am having a good time. I like the challenge. And I like the way I feel.

My advice to anyone starting to change their eating habits or improve their health is to also start looking for ways to have a good time moving. Walk 10 or 30 minutes per day. Take a fitness class. Do a yoga video on YouTube. Check out the SparkPeople fitness videos. Many fitness activities can be done at home if you're shy of exercising around others. And if you want to benefit from the social aspects of exercise, but don't want to join a gym, invite friends over to do a fitness video or go to a park where others are working out. Experiment with lots of things until you find a few you can smile doing. You don't have to love them. But dread is bad for fitness outcomes, so find things you can at least have a good time doing. Loving your exercise activities can come later. In the beginning, notice how moving is good for your soul.

Get out and move this week! Have a beautiful week, friends!
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UNSWEETMAMA 10/29/2013 12:18PM

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TRANSFORMWE 10/23/2013 3:04PM

    Well said!

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NANFITGRAN 10/23/2013 2:22PM

    Excellent blog! Once we can find the activity(ies) we enjoy, we actually look FORWARD to the movement, and all aspects of our lives improve. emoticon emoticon

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HABITATVITALITY 10/22/2013 7:24PM

    I love to move! I remember when I started SP I blogged about finding any opportunities I could each and every day to just MOVE! I love to do gardening and fishing and both these burn a lot of calories. I love it when you do something you love and then suddenly 2 hours has passed..... I can't even do more than 24 minutes planned exercise at any given time. I just wish I had a horse! tee hee

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MANDYLOVE_76 10/22/2013 10:14AM

    Great blog! Thank you for sharing.

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MRSP90X 10/21/2013 11:01PM

    emoticon I am understanding that if I do not move, I just do not feel as good, and I like how you said better parenting. We don't move, we rot!

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MOVEITMARY 10/21/2013 12:45PM

    Totally agree. I also notice that when I don't exercise for several days (for example, when traveling), I eat more, have less energy and don't sleep as well.

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TREV1964 10/21/2013 6:14AM

    Great stuff and great advice.

Well done

Cheers

Trev

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TOKIEMOON 10/21/2013 3:13AM

    Movement IS so good! Today a friend and I went on a 2 hour emoticon . I definitely felt better afterwards!


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CATLOVER110 10/21/2013 3:07AM

    Great blog! emoticon

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 10/21/2013 1:01AM

    Funny how the last 5 pounds comes off if you move more.

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MTULLY 10/20/2013 11:33PM

    You are so right! emoticon

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ARTJAC 10/20/2013 9:39PM

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1CRAZYDOG 10/20/2013 9:11PM

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LETHA_ 10/20/2013 7:06PM

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PHEBESS 10/20/2013 6:28PM

    I too was the klutzy kid chosen last in PE class. But I always loved swimming, walking, skating (til I broke my leg).

So I try to get in a decent walk, or swim, or snorkel, or if all else fails I dance with the iPod on. No way will I be a runner, or go into competitive sports. But I stay active in my own fun way. (Because if it isn't fun, I don't do it.)

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MACANBEFIT 10/20/2013 5:45PM

    It took me until my late forties to realize how good exercise makes me feel. I am not a member of a gym. I do a lot of workouts from videos and YouTube along with walking. A group of women in my neighborhood get together twice a week to workout together. My body knows when I haven't exercised in a few days. I feel so much better when I put some time in. Thanks for posting. emoticon emoticon

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CHANTENAY 10/20/2013 4:36PM

    I like this blog. I need encouragement to get moving on this cold, drizzly day. I can get out my workout DVDs.

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KOHINOOR2 10/20/2013 4:17PM

    Excellent blog. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOBYCARP 10/20/2013 2:21PM

    SparkPeople seems to be full of people who hated PE class and were picked last for teams. I'm another one of them; PE in public schools did a thorough job of beating any desire to play competitive team sports out of me, permanently. They also beat any desire to do individual fitness activities out of me, but that only lasted a few decades.

Yes, I need to move my body. Yes, I hate some forms of exercise, and am reluctant to start others. But there's the Spark Points (a.k.a. Stupid Motivational Tricks), and eventually I found I look forward to running.

May you find something you look forward to, and if (like running) it requires other activities to support it, may it motivate you enough to do whatever else you need to do!

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DRKYASHI 10/20/2013 1:42PM

    Love the quote!
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GIRLINMOTION 10/20/2013 1:34PM

    Bang on!

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CHRISTASP 10/20/2013 1:02PM

    I too hated exercise. I wish I could go back to my younger self and tell her to just take half hour walks daily and that this would be a GREAT habit that would do me so much good. I thought I had to jog, run, lift weights. But if I'd just taken up walking every day that could and would have made a big difference I think.
As it is I discovered only at age 46 or so that I like to move my body, riding a bike or walking. Sadly, I have physical complaints now (maybe also due to overweight...) that make the exercise types I think I like best, such as dancing or aerobic classes and swimming hard or impossible.

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 10/20/2013 12:54PM

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THINFITFEMINIST 10/20/2013 12:44PM

    Excellent blog! I move all the time. I clean house for a living 6 days a week. I walk and I do other things. I allow myself daily down time but for the most part I NEED movement.

Thanks!

P.S. I took a look at your SparkPage and you have had such great success. Congrats!

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MSROZZIE 10/20/2013 12:30PM

    Love your blog and enthusiasm! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AVAMARIE62 10/20/2013 12:25PM

    I just finished a 3 mile Leslie Sansone Walk video and couldn't agree with you more! emoticon emoticon

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MAUREENREDUX 10/20/2013 12:24PM

    You wrote this for me, right? I am struggling to incorporate fitness into my life- not because I don't have time. I just don't want to do it. Last week I set a goal to incorporate walking into my activities, and I managed to walk three or four times without feeling burdened. This week I joined a walking challenge and have set a 12 week goal. I can do this...although I still hear that voice in the back go my head saying 'Ugh'. I have 12 weeks to quiet that roar. Thanks for the boost.

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SERENE-BEAN 10/20/2013 12:22PM

    Yeah. I get anxious and restless if I haven't had my walk in a while. I never thought I'd be that person.

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WORKNPROGRESS49 10/20/2013 12:21PM

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JENHERMAN 10/20/2013 12:17PM

    Love this post.... and so true!! I'm learning the same thing about myself.... when I move - I feel moved (with my attitude, spiritually, and mentally)! It's much better for everyone. Ha! Thanks for sharing!!

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_BABE_ 10/20/2013 12:06PM

    Keeps everything well oiled! emoticon

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JACKIE15108 10/20/2013 11:38AM

    I'm really happy to see your blog today. I just got done writing in my blog how it is hard for me to exercise I just hit my 2 months of lifestyle change today. I am eating better without forcing myself......I like it, and have lost 12 kilos, but exercise is still very difficult for me to do. Most days I have to force myself, although some times (rarely) I do enjoy it. Today was a beautiful day and I could have walked outside, but I'm tired and I didn't do anything.
Thank you very much for your insight. I will need to reread this on other days and see if anything sinks in for me.
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PB4WEGO 10/20/2013 11:28AM

    This is great advice, I agree and hadn't realized it before.
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