Today we get to talk about everybody’s favorite topic: EXERCISE!!! Pause for effect…
Stay with me now!
If you prefer to hide your head under the covers, then let’s change our wording a bit. Instead of exercise (cue scary music), let’s call it movement, or motion. Personally, I like them both so you choose whatever works for you.
“But I don’t like to exercise, my back hurts, my knees are bad, I’m too old, I need to get the kids ready for school, I need to cook dinner, my commute is too long, it’s too cold out, it’s too hot out, it gets dark too early, gym memberships are too expensive, they never have classes when I can go, I have no one to go with, I’m too heavy”.
Be honest…how many of these excuses have you used?
Let’s keep things simple, shall we?
OK let’s come out from under the covers now, please. Remember, this isn’t about going from couch spud to world class athlete in 1 month. It’s about getting yourself up and moving. It’s not exercise, but movement. My job is to help you go beyond your current reality. Let’s create a new one. But I’m going to push you…just a little…
Exercise is defined as activity requiring physical effort, carried out especially to sustain or improve health and fitness. Breaking it down, one step further.
”activity requiring physical effort”
We can all agree that activity is not such a bad thing. “Requiring physical effort” puts the ball in your court: how do you expect to get from point A to point B without a little effort on your part? It doesn’t say “hard core, sweating, heart beating til you drop from utter exhaustion”, but “physical effort”.
Since this is all about YOU, only you can determine what you’re capable of. Only you can determine how far you can go when it comes to pushing yourself. The last part of the definition says:
“to sustain or improve health and fitness”
This is THE whole point of it all. This is why you’re going to write down your answers to the following questions (we’ll pause here so you can get a piece of paper and something to write with- I hope you have to get up and MOVE to get it!)
Get to know yourself a bit.
Ready? Take all the time you need to think about the answers to the following questions. Remember, be honest with yourself, there’s no right or wrong answers!
What’s your current level of movement? How many days a week do you engage in movement based activities?
If the answer to both is any version of zero, then that’s ok!
Next, ask yourself: how do I feel physically, mentally, emotionally? Does my body hurt when I’m doing small and simple things? Do I have trouble walking up a flight of stairs? How do I sleep? What’s my daily routine?
It doesn’t matter whether you go to work or work from home. You might stay at home to raise your family, or have any combination of these.
Now, create a new column and label it: “what kind of things do I like to do?” Start with your top 10. If you have more, even better. If you’re struggling to come up with 10, then think back to your younger self, and reflect on what made you happy. And if that still doesn’t bring anything up, then channel your future, healthy self. Take a leap of faith and jot down some things you think you would enjoy trying.
I can’t stress this enough- there’s no wrong answers here!
Have a look at your list. This is a good starting point as many activities can create movement.
The point I’m trying to make in all this is that it’s up to YOU to decide what you want your movement based activities to look like. This list is about YOUR interests and YOUR goals for YOURSELF (see the common theme here?)
We’re going to leave that here for now. Use this time to really get into yourself and think about the info you put on your list. When you’re ready, hop over to Part II, and let’s continue the story.