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Do you see exercise as a privilege or a chore?

Monday, March 10, 2014

I'll admit, when I first started exercising again, I didn't really look forward to it. In fact, there were days when I simply dreaded going to the gym (or even going for a walk). But, over time, I really started to enjoy it - focusing on things that I liked doing helped make it easier, and I found the clarity in thinking (and sometimes a little time to myself) became something I really looked forward to. And, now I find I miss it if there is a day when I don't get some exercise.

Recently, a good friend was in a climbing accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. While she is making amazing progress in rehab and has started walking again, literally against all odds, there are some interesting observations she has made - including around balance. She often feels like she has to lean really far forward in order to feel upright, but when looking in the mirror, her posture then looks perfectly normal. It's an interesting connection between the brain and her physical body.

It got me to thinking about how exercise really is a privilege, not a chore. I am blessed that I am able to use my body without having to think about my posture (at least as much as she does), and I should be taking full advantage of that and enjoying it every day. I am no longer going to take this for granted, and instead, enjoy it.

My friend has a lot of people praying for her (literally around the world), and she has such an incredible attitude that I have no doubt she will make a full recovery. And, she has taught so many of us so much through all of this. So, Laura, I want you to know that I thank you and I think about you and pray for you every day. And, I want you to know what a positive influence you are having on so many people. Thank you for your continued inspiration.

And, I ask the readers of this blog post - how do you see exercise - as a privilege or as a chore? How can you reframe it in your mind so that it really is a privilege and something you enjoy? It's amazing how much easier it gets to stick to your routine when you see it as anything but a chore.

Just some thoughts for today.

All the best,
SlimmingSuz
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MARTHA324 3/11/2014 3:03PM

    You got me thinking and when I started walking more I think I thought of it as something that I "should" be doing and when I started cardiac rehab I knew I had to do it. Now exercise is something that I look forward to and after reading hyour post realize it is a privilege that I can do it.
Thanks.

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MJ7DM33 3/10/2014 6:34PM

  Great blog! Sending prayers to your friend! emoticon

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MUFFIY831 3/10/2014 3:32PM

    Well said, and a fantastic perspective. I wouldn't say that I look forward to exercise, but I always feel good when it's over, and I do sometimes marvel at the magnificent machine that is the human body. It's a chore to keep it healthy, but it's also a privilege to have a healthy, capable body TO keep healthy.

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HIPPICHICK1 3/10/2014 3:00PM

    I often see it as both, depending on my mood, but like you, if I don't get some exercise each day I miss it.
Healing vibes to your friend Laura!
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SKIRNIR 3/10/2014 2:38PM

    You know, I don't see it as a privilege, but I think that is more word choice. I do see exercise on occasion as a chore, when it drags me away from my family or when I am tired. But most of the time, I look forward to walking, especially when it is outside. I did pump up my bicycle tires and I am looking forward to trying out my bike sometime soon. I don't like biking up the hills in this city, but I am so looking forward to being outside in this newly 60 degree weather. Recently, I was loosing my desire to exercise a bit, and well, then I went for a walk with a dried straight weed and my ipod shuffle. I was dancing around the sidewalk, swinging my stick like weed like I was a kid again. It really did help me to enjoy exercise again. Now this beautiful weather is helping too. But there will always be days I dread it a bit, but then I do it anyway and I somewhat live for the days that I am looking forward to it. Now if I could just get more people to join me in my walks, I would look forward to them more. Have been occasionally joining a local dog walking group, even though I don't have a dog. I like the company and they are willing to do a 4 to 5 mile walk at a good pace.

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STITCH4EVER 3/10/2014 2:26PM

    UNFORTUNATELY, I SEE IT AS A CHORE. I KNOW I HAVE TO DO IT, BUT I DON'T LIKE IT. PROBABLY BECAUSE I CAN'T DO WHAT I WOULD REALLY ENJOY - WHICH WOULD BE TO SWIM. HERE, YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR ANY HEALTH CLUB SINCE MOST OF THEM ARE IN REHAB FACILITIES. AND THERE ARE NO LAKES ANYWHERE NEAR WHERE WE LIVE. SO I JUST DO WHAT P.T. TAUGHT ME AND AM BORED TO DEATH DOING IT.
ERIN

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MSBEAUTIFUL360 3/10/2014 12:50PM

  I don't see it as a chore. I view it as a Life style incorporation. It is something that you need to do to get healthy, be healty and stay healthy. emoticon

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