I hate to exercise. At least I used to, before I was able to do it successfully.
For me, success has meant that I was able to fit it in my day, and that it actually made a difference in how I felt, how my body looked, and how I felt about myself. I think these are good goals for exercise.
Success in exercise had never happened for me in my entire life, until this past year. This is one of a few things which has helped me feel better in 2010 than I did for at least the 10 years before it. That’s saying a lot. This non-exerciser/exercise hater/excuse Pro will now choose to exercise every other day because I feel better when I do.
Just by way of review, here are some reasons it’s good to exercise:
Good for your heart/oxygenates all your tissues
Enhances the immune system/moves lymph fluid
Improves mood and digestion
Increases energy/helps you sleep better
Helps detox processes/sweat is the skin’s method of toxin removal
Of course, these benefits will only be yours if exercise becomes a habit. Part of making habits is just doing it, and part is finding the routine that is going to work for you.
All my past excuses? I’m learning to turn them on their heads by choosing to:
embrace the interruption in my day, knowing that I’ll have more energy afterward to accomplish more in less time
appreciate a good sweat which is helping me detox through my largest organ (skin) and is an indicator that I’m in fat-burning-mode (and the more days I sweat, the less stink there seems to be . . . indicating a lower toxin level?)
be happy about the accomplishment of doing a tough workout
However you exercise, the main thing is that it works for you and that you do it. So find a routine that works, and get moving!
Next post: I’ll tell you about the exercise program that I’ve been doing (read: actually been doing) this past year. I feel like I can really recommend it to others, as it has helped me lose 17.5 inches in the last 8 weeks. . . and that was over the holidays!
A fresh start is always so motivating. That must be why so many people make New Years Resolutions. One of my resolutions is to make healthy living a habit, one step at a time. Join me as I post Healthy Habit Challenges each month this year in the following categories: Household Chemical Avoidance, Diet, Body Care, and Environment.
Included in italics are ways to take it to the next level, if you’ve already made a clean green start.
Diet: Get off to a good start each morning by making breakfast nutritionally sound. Read my post Breakfast: Off to a Great Start. Next level: focus on the quality of the foods you buy and prepare. Is your oatmeal organic, your eggs free range (organic if available), your protein powder low temp whey or hemp, your bread sprouted, your honey raw? Do you soak your oatmeal, can you make your own kefir from raw milk, do you put butter on your oat meal?
Body Care: Choose hand and body lotion wisely. Read my post Body Lotion: Quench without Consequenses. Next level: go through your entire lotion cabinet and pull the ones with risky ingredients. Include all sunscreens and face lotions in your detective work. (Face skin care will be discussed in a future article.)
Environment: Improve your personal environment by letting some fresh air into your home. Read my post Indoor Air Quality: Home Smog. Next level: in addition to the open-window habit, tackle the other suggestions in the article: clean up your chemicals, install a CO2 detector, clean up problematic mold spots, leave your shoes at the door and wet-mop the floors weekly, and grow house plants.
What I’m Working on Consistency In:
presoaking, and putting butter on, my children’s oatmeal, and having sausage for them
making my own kefir from raw milk (only pasteurized milk kefir is commercially available . . . this is what we’ve been using until now. Great start, but I know I can do better.)
opening all three bedroom windows briefly each morning
adding some live plants to my home (I gave up 7 years ago after killing two for lack of sun . . . now I’m ready to attempt it again, and this time I’m armed with a kitchen windowsill. To all my local friends: does anyone have a prolific indoor plant they are wanting to divide and give to me?) 🙂