This one is a big deal...at least for me, anyway. In April of 2015, I was in a wheelchair, with a fractured knee. I started walking again on May 1. On May 10, I joined Sparkpeople. I have since lost 83 pounds. Did I ever think I could/would/should be doing this in April of 2015? No.
I found my Spark, somehow. I started eating healthy from the wheelchair, and when I got to Sparkpeople, I was raring to go, incredibly motivated to change myself. I am forever grateful for that time in that wheelchair, for it led me here, and I get better every single day.
I have joined something called the BLC...the Big Loser Challenge, which is an incredibly well thought out challenge with a number of teams, and I have been in the Training section for the past three weeks. I have lost 7 pounds while in the BLC Training. I have been doing exercises every day, yoga in the morning, bike riding and weight lifting at the gym, cardio before bed, but nothing has been as good to me or for me, as swimming.
I have started swimming every single day. Swimming is the best exercise I have ever done. The hard part is putting on a swimsuit and going to the pool. In April, I NEVER would have done this. Now, I go to the gym, work out with weights, ride my bike, then go swimming. I swim for 45 or more minutes every single day. My knees are happier than they have been with anything else I have done. I am losing weight consistently, and I credit swimming, and how good it makes me feel, for making this happen. I am sure the other exercises would like to get their two cents in here, and I am sure they help, but swimming is the use of a lot of muscles, and doing it in water, keeps them happy.
I am finally living the life I had always imagined, and it feels DAMNED good. (cue the violins...I have tears in my eyes..)
Go out and find an exercise that makes you feel good every single time you do it. It is exhilarating.