I HATE to exercise!
I have always hated to exercise and, being a young person who was 22 years old before she hit 100 pounds, I though I would never have to exercise. Ahhh, the delusions of our youth!
In fact, a couple of years ago, I decided that exercise was off my to-do list and I would NOT feel guilty about it any more. After all, according to the CDC, one quarter of all people NEVER exercise. Sure, we know it’s good for us and all, but how many people can really say they LIKE to exercise. Did I really want to run a marathon or do a pull up? After all, I still had the physical ability to do the things I wanted to do, right?
Guess what? I was wrong. Big surprise, huh?
I found myself unable to walk shorter and shorter distances without getting tired and carrying in the groceries became a big deal. Hell, I couldn’t even carry my PURSE comfortable. (Although for those of you who know me personally, I do tend to carry a LOT in my purse :)).
Exercise keeps our bodies young, but we can’t see what’s happening on the inside and the true benefit is there, not on the outside. For that, exercise is as critical to our health as eating. We need exercise to keep us from rusting up inside. It is the one true secret to the fountain of youth.
One problem with exercising, however, is that there are too many choices. Walk? Bike ride? Weight lift? Swim? Zumba? And then, there’s the whole issue of how long to do it. 30 minutes 3 times a week? 10 minutes 3 times a day? An hour every other day? Every day? It’s enough to make your head spin. That’s lot of decisions to make over something you don’t even want to do anyway.
But, it’s unavoidable, a fact I’m sure many of you have already come to know. If I want to have an active and healthy “third act”, I’m going to have to do a lot more maintenance under the hood, so to speak. So, I’ve bitten the bullet (a very small bite, to be sure, but I don’t want to over do anything) and started going to a yoga class twice a week. Maybe as it becomes easier to get up out of my chair and away from my computer, I’ll take on more later. But it’s a baby step in the right direction.
How old were you when you realized that there was no getting out of the fact of exercise?