How do you view exercise?
Do you dread it but do it anyway, because you know it's good for you?
Do you get excited just thinking about it and absolutely love every minute of it?
In other words, do you view exercise as a chore or a gift?
I've been reading a book by Michelle Sager, Ph.D. called No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring a Lifetime of Fitness, and the book is rooted in this exact question and how we need to make the shift from a chore to a gift if exercise is going to be a lifetime endeavor.
I think I've always seen exercise as a gift, because I've been involved in physical activity all my life. I was a three-sport athlete in high school, coached for 20 years, and now I'm a runner and am into weightlifting. It's just always been a natural part of who I am. For me, exercise is as natural as breathing.
But recently, I haven't been very good about giving myself the gift of exercise. I've let other things get in the way like meetings and being flat out exhausted. By the time I leave work at the end of the day, I just want to go home and drop. More times than not, that's exactly what I've been doing.
However, I realized tonight that I'm doing myself a huge disservice. I'm missing out on an incredible gift that I can give to myself every single day. I love how my body feels when I lift weights, I love the feeling of exhilaration when I finish a run, and I even love the fact that I'm exhausted but in a way that makes me feel good rather than drained. It's a different kind of exhausted, if you know what I mean.
So, tomorrow I'm making a change. I'm wrapping up the gift of exercise and opening it everyday. I can't wait to see what's inside and awaits me!
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.