I was thinking about what to post today, while squeezing in a bit of exercise during lunch – then it came to me. I realized that sometimes (like today) exercise just plain seems like work. On a bad day, some might even suggest punishment. Most days I’m happy to say I don’t look at exercise as punishment, but I will admit there are times that exercising just seems like some sort of evil payback for being overweight.
In recent years I’ve shifted my thinking about exercise. I look at it as a practice which brings me immediate relief from stress, an overwhelming sense of calm and accomplishment as well as a mechanism to build my strength and stamina. Which I need these days, more than ever.
I just try to remember while I’m exercising that the activity I’m engaged in with ultimately bring me joy and that if in the short term I forget that and give in to my immediate discomfort or boredom, that would be a crime.
One last thing, look for exercise that’s fun and provides you with a sense of accomplishment and joy. Don’t be a gym rat. Go out and see the world around you. Take up a sport…have some fun. before you know it you’ll be fit and the only person you’ll be punishing is your opponent!