It may surprise you to learn that I am a closet jock. Exercise is in my blood. I come from a line of athletes, including an Olympian. Yet, for the last many years I lived in my head. My body kept telling me to move more. I ignored the signals and paid a heavy price: my health suffered.
Now that I have recovered fully, I have no choice but to move it or lose it. I started slowly, putting my big toe in to test the water. I walk to the grocery store; I go to stretch class; I garden; and I’ve started riding my bike 8-10 miles once a week. I’ve realized that (1) movement can be FUN and (2) afterward, I feel GREAT. My challenge now is to form some new habits.
I’ve been taking a very informal poll to get some tips from active people I know. Here’s what I’ve learned.
Some people make exercise part of their daily lives – like brushing their teeth. Whether it’s to walk, run, cycle, swim or do yoga, they just get up and go. No excuses. Others set goals. For example, they might choose a half-marathon that is six months off. Then they train, running or walking, week in and week out. By the time the morning of the event arrives, they are ready. They enjoy their moment in the sun. Then it’s on to the next event.
The common theme is consistency. And, for some, it’s companionship. Being part of a group exercise class or training group helps them show up day after day.
If you like to challenge yourself, check out active.com for all kinds of events. I’m thinking about training for a one-mile swim in October to support the Women’s Cancer Resource Center. It’s time to put more than my big toe in the pool!
What works for you?
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