I have a secret. I don’t hate exercise.
For the amount of couch time I log in, you’d think I hate any and all physical activity. The reality is that I actually enjoy moving, I love the feeling a good session at the gym gives me. Once I get started, I’m totally okay with it–but there’s the issue, right? I have to get started.
You don’t have to look very hard to find an excuse to be lazy. It was a long day, a long week, it’s too cold outside, you can’t afford the gym, you can’t find your sports bra and your girls are gonna give you black eyes…whatever, the excuses abound. If I, or anyone else, are going to get healthy though, the tested and proven combination is diet and exercise. Each one on their own can only take you so far.
Everyone advises that you work out at home or go for walks. I have often enjoyed summer evening walks with my gentleman caller. That was in the summer though and winter is a whole new ball game, especially when it is ridiculously cold in the pacific nw right now. As for working out at home, I get more embarrassed in front of my partner and would rather work out in front of strangers. Weird, I know, but it’s a hang up of mine.
I haven’t been able to go to the (university) gym because my student ID is being mailed to me and is lost and blah blah blah. It’s been a really ridiculous and overwhelming situation that has been driving me crazy for weeks. I had this big plan to start working out as soon as school started (January 7) and because I didn’t have this ID, I just did nothing instead. Now, I ask you, what kind of logic is that? Things didn’t go according to plan, so I’m going to do nothing? It appears I am a diet/exercise toddler, just all sorts of cranky when I don’t get my way.
I decided today that I would make a concrete effort to change things. It’s day one of my BLC weight loss challenge and if ever there was a time for effort, it’s now. One of the challenges I signed up for includes 30 minutes of exercise five days a week, and I definitely want to start off on the right foot. I decided to go for a 30 minute walk around campus between work and school. I figured it was the perfect area, well lit, lots of people and everyone would just think I was rushing to class.
I have to admit I felt much better after I got this little bit of a work out in. I went to class more energized and alert than I have been in a long time. I think it may have helped to have that very distinct break between class. Sure, I was freezing, but that just made me walk faster. If the worst part of my exercising was that my underwear kept falling off (I bought a bunch on sale that were too big, it has become a hilarious and awful issue), then I can most likely incorporate some regular movement in your life.
So, how do you get fit? What’s your go to plan? Are you a gym rat, at homer or the kind of person who likes to get outside? Inquiring minds want to know!