I have a confession to make. I don’t like exercise. No, let me be totally honest – I hate exercise! It’s something I’ve always had to work on and often I make excuses NOT to do it. If I can do something fun (like play volleyball or curling) and get exercise at the same time, great. However, with my current family responsibilities it’s difficult to do those things on a regular basis.
Not exercising is bad enough, but add the fact that I love to cook AND eat, and you have a recipe for disaster spelled O-V-E-R-W-E-I-G-H-T. As I mentioned in my last blog post, I’ve moved from thinking about changing, to making choices that will help me change. I’m still working out the details so that I’ll stick with my decision to get back into shape. However, here are the choices I’ve made so far:
- Set a weight goal
- Decided to use my treadmill again, including an i-fit walking program
- Asked my husband to move my treadmill so I can use it
- Figured out a time of day I can consistently exercise
- Started the walking program
I’m on day 2. I huffed and puffed my way through the 20 minute walking routine which helped me walk just over a mile and burn 143 calories. This is hard. I don’t like it. But I’m going to grit my teeth and do it, because I know it will be good for me in the long run. According to the Mayo Clinic, here are 7 benefits:
- Exercise controls weight
- Exercise combats health conditions and disease
- Exercise improves mood
- Exercise boosts energy
- Exercise promotes better sleep
- Exercise puts the spark back into your sex life
- Exercise can be fun
Add to that I Corinthians 6:20:
“Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.” (The Message)
If I forget, I give you permission to remind me. I’m looking at this as a life change, not a resolution. I’m aiming to blog about my exercise journey every Friday. I hope you’ll join me.
What about you? Are you choosing to do something that’s hard for you because you know it’s the right thing to do?