My cat has offered to assist me in a demonstration of the type of exercise I most enjoy – the photo says it all!
Yes, my favorite form of exercise is sleep, my second favorite form of exercise is pushing the buttons on my remote control, my third is knitting (I move my fingers, quickly!) I have never really enjoyed exercise and most of my life I have struggled to find different exercise routines that worked for me – most of them would not last longer than a few months. When I was really lucky, I may have lasted almost a year – but eventually they have all managed to fade away into oblivion.
Since January I have managed to stick to an exercise routine. I cannot say I enjoy it, but I am pleased with myself for the 9 months of perseverance. I ride a stationary bicycle (while watching television to distract myself from the unpleasant realities of exercise) 4-6 days a week. When I started last January I exercised 20-30 minutes each time. Now I usually ride for an hour each time. Yes, that means I am actually getting 4-6 hours of exercise a week – those who know me are probably quite shocked!
I do feel better – I have more energy and feel stronger – and I am healthier. It has made a big difference – but I still do not like it. One of the realities I am always working on with my children is the understanding that some of the things we need to do in life, some of the things we need to do in life that keep us healthy, are not necessarily things we deeply enjoy. It is okay to not love all that we do, as long as we do what we need to do. I do not have to love exercise, but I have to commit myself to exercising and promoting good health.
I wonder if I have been able to stick to my exercise routine for nine months because of my honesty this time around. I did not pretend to have a sudden affinity for physical assertion – I leveled with myself. I needed to exercise regularly, I was not looking forward to it – and I had to come up with a way to tolerate it all – so I did. Good television plus exercise = more tolerable exercise. I am distracted as I ride – that is a good thing.
Today, 148 days ’til 40, I am thankful for the ability to find ways to make exercise more tolerable – as it makes me healthier.