Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. ~ Albert Einstein
My bike and I have an on again off again sort of relationship. At the moment it is on again after @ 100 days off. Prior to that I had been on for about 250 days. To clarify a bit, that does not mean I read the bike for 250 days straight, it meant that in a 250 day period I was riding my bike, on average, 4-6 times per week. Did I mention that my bike is stationary? It lives in my family (great) room. Perhaps I should give it a name? Or, perhaps not, I may give it a name associated with pain or torture, which would then demotivate me to continue the exercise regime.
When I am on I am on, but when I lose the momentum I can come crashing down hard. I am guessing that I am not alone in this. I crash for many reasons….. In the past my commitment to exercise has crashed because:
- I had the flu…. I could not exercise, and never got back on track
- I sprained my ankle and did not start exercising again after it healed
- I got a new job and was too busy to exercise
- I went out-of-town and struggled to get into routine when I returned
- I was upset and I felt a bit down and went for ice cream over exercise (I know some of you can relate) and then kept choosing the ice cream (especially Ben and Jerry’s Chubby Hubby!!!)
The bottom line is that I can always generate an excuse to walk away from a regular exercise routine…. it is like that relationship that a person just does not want to commit to – walking away instead of finding a way to work it out. This time was better than most, in that I did eventually find a way to work it out and go back to exercise.
I have been exercising again for two weeks now and I notice the difference immediately, particularly in my physical stamina and my moods – I do not normally feel bad, but nonetheless, I feel more energetic and happier when I am exercising regularly – those endorphins are definitely a good thing.
Today, 23 days ’til 40, I will continue to dedicate myself to working out a relationship with exercise.
P.S. The bike in the snow is not mine. I think I would have one very cold bottom half if I rode it! But seriously, my bike that I use for exercise is stationary and parked right next to my television – one way to motivate myself to ride is to only allow myself to watch television while peddling on the bike.