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Making my peace with exercise

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Although I haven't posted anything to my Sparkpeople blog since Oct 2012, I HAVE been exercising during that time. After all my false starts over the past 20 years, I think I have finally made my peace with the fact that exercise is going to be part of my routine.

My husband ABM renewed our family membership to the YMCA around my eldest daughter's winter break from college. She has become more interested in fitness since she went away to school, so she wanted to go to the gym EVERY DAY and try all the classes before her break was over. Of course, she dragged me with her. My exercise sessions went from 20-30 minutes a day to 60-80 minutes a day.

I'm not going to the gym every day now, but that period improved my exercise sessions at home. I discovered that when I am in an exercise class, I work harder because I don't want to be embarrassed. There are a lot of senior citizens at my YMCA in the middle of the day, so I was often the youngest person in the class. I couldn't let myself be shown up by a bunch of 70-year-olds! I've also taken Zumba on Saturdays, which is filled with hot young things in cute workout clothes. In that group I look like the stumbling grandma, and I couldn't let that happen! Now when I exercise at home, I am less likely to quit as soon as the workout gets a little tough.

Even though I don't like exercise much while I'm doing it, I feel better about myself if I push through to the 60-minute mark and work up a good sweat. I'm not seeing much in the way of health benefits, but at least I can say that I have done all I can to be healthy. No one will be able to look at me and say that I just let myself go.
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