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![*Gasp* . . . can’t believe I’m blogging about exercise . . .]