Truth be told I'm not a fan of exercise ................. BUT

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Truth be told I am NOT a fan of exercise, but for the last week I’ve WANTED to get up and workout. I’ve even had dreams about exercising …. Hmmmmm Where’s this coming from? I mean, I don’t want sound like I’m complaining about my new found desire I’m just praying that it doesn’t somehow disappear. And wondering how do I keep it around? Is anyone else riding in my boat ….
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    I was an ardent exerciser in my youth, but after 50 I had to make myself exercise. Today I continue to exercise 4 to 6 days a week for 60 to 90 minutes daily. I ind that it helps reduce my stress level.
    2396 days ago
    I was never an exercise lover either--got out of it all through school because I was an office helper, a library helper, ANYTHING to get out having to go to gym!!!

    But...I love it now and here's why.

    Every time I've exercises in the past, I've done too much too soon. This time I wrote out the exercise I wanted to incorporate into my life and set dates by which to accomplish them. Then I TRIPLED the expected time frame. By giving myself extremely long-term goals, I was always eager to get to the next level. And I always had a way to get back on track without having to start all over if I missed one day.

    I started walking around the block with a pedometer--first week, 250 steps from my door and 250 steps back. Yep, that was all. Then I added 100 steps/week--yes, only 100--until I reached 10,000 steps.

    It turned out that the longer I walked, the better I felt. In fact, if I don't do it now, I feel miserable. Who knew!!!!??????

    Then I added Pilates and stretch classes 4 times/week for flexiblity. When I started, I was so stiff it took me six weeks to get to my toes!!!! But I stuck with it and now I am example student in my Pilates classes.

    Finally, I started strength training. And lo! There are muscles in my body that actually appear when I give them a chance to do so.

    It has taken me a long time to accomplish these goals. But they are, without doubt, one of the two best things I have ever done for my health (eating correctly is the other).

    Best of luck to you with this. I know it can be done because I did it. I've gone from hating to move to hating to be still, and THAT is a miracle.

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    2409 days ago
    Thanks you ladies for helping me realize I'm not in the boat by myself! God bless you both ")
    2409 days ago
    I am not a fan of exercise either. I try to walk once a day. After my walk
    I always feel great and energetic. If you can start out walking is is the best
    fitness program that you can start out with. Good luck with whatever you
    choose to do. emoticon
    2410 days ago
    I can relate. I hate exercise and have always viewed it as a necesaary evil. But I love the way it makes me feel. When I am on the fitness wagon I come to want to exercise just to get that feeling. Endorphines are a great thing.
    2410 days ago
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