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Today I was thinking about how far I have come in my exercise journey since I started utilizing the Sparkpeople.com site.
When I started I did nothing. I walked when I had to for normal life. I thought the act of exercising was a futile use of time because it would not produce many results in losing weight. I often ask myself why when the evidence it works is all around me.
I can see the affects of burning energy in young children, Toddlers expend tons of energy just by being curious and snooping, climbing and falling into life. When children go to school, they burn those calories hurrying from one class to another, sports and recess; when they get home they would rather go out and play instead of doing homework!
Imagine that? Did you see your self at 7, 8 or 10 doing the same things I just described? When did I lose the enthusiasm to go out and play when I got home just because I became an adult and went to work? When did you lose your childhood play?
When I was a waitress and walked 7-8 miles a day I can understand why I didn't want to go "play" and be active. My jobs for the last 30 years have consisted of walking construction projects, sitting at my desk or sitting in meetings, riding in cars. Technology has caused me to become lazy and find all my play with my fingers which can actually type the correct keys 5 out of ten hits!
I see the affects of moving and being active in earlier ages of my life when I was overly strict with my diets and exercise to the point of being so sick of doing those things, I never wanted to do them again. But I had a thinner body to prove activity worked.
So why Did I feel exercise was futile? Because it wasn't FUN any more, it was work. IF I had to work so hard at it every day, it was not fun and what I got out of it was NOT worth the effort I put into it.
I want to find that enthusiasm to PLAY every night I had when I was a kid.
So what am I doing different now? I have learned that I need to do an exercise or actitivy I feel benefits me and I can do long term. I found out I needed to change some of my attitudes about what exercise is.
And so I did. I found a personal trainer who kept pushing me and gave me muscles and I never had those. One of the thrills of my life was when my younger athletic sister commented on how muscular my calves were about 6 months ago!
my personal ST training is hard, it eats into money I would spend on entertainment but It is worth every penny for me. I have muscles now, I can open jars, I can walk farther than I used to be able to, I have fun while I am doing this and keep my trainer in mind when not home and find ways to add ST in to my every day life.
I look at exercise as a necessity of life that I did when I was young without thinking about it and now I want to be a role model for the younger generations in my family to show them what FUN activity will do for you physically.
I have found ways to be actively playing at working out when 10 years ago it was just too much work for little reward.
Do you play at exercise? I hope so, we all need to!