Unexpected Benefits of Making Exercise a Priority
Saturday, August 15, 2015
I have read that people who exercise first thing in the morning are more likely to stick with it over time. I think I get it! Today is Week 1, Day 3 of the 5K program (aka Saturday) and due to a weekend chock full of HS Reunion activities, start of school preparation, and commitments at church I decided to "run" first thing this morning.
Historically, I have never been a morning person. That is slowly changing with age, but it is still not my best time of day. I was a little apprehensive going into it. Again, I was alone on the track. Alone as the sun is rising felt totally different than alone at dusk. (Safety-wise I am sure it is probably the same.) There was something motivating about feeling my body become more active as the fog was lifting from the athletic complex.
By about my third round of intervals the sky was clear and so was my mind. I realized that (at least for today) I had made exercise a priority. I put everything else aside and did what I needed to do for me first. Surprisingly, it wasn't a selfish feeling but rather one of peace and contentment. It felt good to say my health and my goals were the priority rather than all of the external pressures I feel to do for others before I serve myself.
I am not ready to be a morning "runner" everyday, but shifting my weekend workout to the am is certainly something that now works for me.
Looking forward to what Week 2 will bring.