When it comes to exercise, I prefer the traditional kind. Working out is actually enjoyable to me. That doesn’t mean that I always want to do it, but for the most part it is something I look forward to. I think that may be because of the good memories attached to it.
When I was in high school I loved sports – the camaraderie, working towards a similar goal, the fun times a team experiences–it hooked me.
But exercising with my teammates was not the only form of exercise I got. During the summers I ran down country roads with my dog as I experienced the smell of fresh cut hay, beautiful sunrises, and the peaceful and quiet country sounds of birds chirping. It was addictive and as a result, I’m still running.
My affinity towards exercise may be just a part of who I am, but I really think the biggest reason I like exercise is because, early on, it was associated with fun, friends, peace, and enjoyment.
Are you looking for a physical activity that will keep you in the game? How you can you find a physical activity that includes elements that will hook you? It may take thinking outside the box, but when you can find something you love to do, you may not even think of it as exercise. As the saying goes, “It’s not work if you love to do it.”
All the best as you find the perfect fit!
P.S. Just thought I would share what my “traditional” exercise looks like lately: For me, variety is the name of the game. Especially in the winter. That is when I mix it up with whatever I feel like doing at the time: Insanity DVD workouts, walking or running on the treadmill, 21-Day Fix DVD’s, or Pilates. Because I don’t necessarily love exercising inside, I always multitask by listening/watching a motivational talk or I do the exercises with a friend. In the spring, summer, and fall I love exercising outside, enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells of these seasons. My exercise of choice during these seasons is running or walking. 🙂
Part 1: If you have not found an exercise that you love, what are some steps you can take to find the perfect fit?
Part 2: What level #peace does traditional exercise give you? (Use the Peace Chart below)